University of Geneva

The laboratory of Rheumatology is affiliated to the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine Specialities and the Department of Pathology-Immunology at the University of Geneva School of Medicine.

Emphasis of the research in our institute

files/Home/Key Aspects of Project Groups/Uni Geneva/image-uni-geneva-1-small.pngOur research is primarily focused on the pathogenesis of inflammatory responses in arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, with a particular interest in the field of cytokines. Cytokines are small proteins that mediate the communications between cells. Their critical role in immune and inflammatory responses is now well demonstrated by the successful development of therapies targeting cytokines in the management of rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. Among the different cytokines, our research is particularly focused on cytokines of the interleukin-1 family. In close interaction with the clinical Departments we have access to biological samples from patients. In addition, our laboratory uses different experimental models of inflammatory diseases.

Contribution of our institute to iAR project since 2009 until today and in the future

files/Home/Key Aspects of Project Groups/Uni Geneva/image-uni-geneva-2-small.pngOur laboratory made important contributions to the iAR project by providing original results in the field of cytokine biology with the use of different experimental models of arthritis and more basic immunological models. In 2013 a junior professorship in a new laboratory was established through iAR support. This has enabled a significant increase research activities. 

Collaborations are in progress with different groups of iAR that led to common publications. These collaborations will be further reinforced in the future.


Our team working for iAR

Group Leader: Cem Gabay, MD
Senior researcher: Gaby Palmer, PhD
Post-doctoral fellows: Praxedis Martin, PhD; Jennifer Palomo, PhD MD-PhD student;
                                   Charlotte Girard, MD
Technicians: Emiliana Rodriguez; Dominique Talabot-Ayer; Sabina Troccaz