Board of governance


Professor Dame Carol Black

Dame Carol is currently , the Government’s independent advisor on drug misuse. She is also Chair of the British Library, the Centre for Ageing Better, and Think Ahead, the Government’s fast-stream training programme for Mental Health Social Workers. She is a member of RAND Europe’s Council of Advisers.

In 2019 she completed a seven year term as Principal of Newnham College in Cambridge University where she was a Deputy Vice-chancellor.

She is a past President of the Royal College of Physicians of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges past Chair of the Nuffield Trust for Health Policy and a previous She has been a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.


Marco Matucci Cerinic MD, PhD, FRCP, FBSRhon
Professor of Rheumatology and Medicine, University of Florence, Italy
Scientific Consultant at IRCCS- Hospital San Raffaele, Milan, Italy

Marco Matucci-Cerinic is Full Professor of Rheumatology and Medicine at the Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Chairman of the IRB committee of the Tuscan region. Is a Scientific Consultant at Hospital San Raffaele. He works in the Rheumatology Division of the Careggi University Hospital of Florence. The professor is a member of the prestigious British Royal College of Physicians, the American College of Rheumatology, the Italian Society of Rheumatology and is an honorary member of the British Society of Rheumatology.

Dr Matucci-Cerinic has published more than 1300 peer review manuscripts widely in the field of rheumatology, particularly on the pathogenesis, clinical features and treatment of scleroderma, on spondyloarthritis and on osteoarthtritis.   He has also served on various international and national committees_ in particular as EULAR General Secretary,  as executive secretary of ILAR, as Chairman of the European Scleroderma Trial and Research Group (EUSTAR) and vicepresident of the Scleroderma Clinical Trial Consortium (SCTC) . He is currently chairman of the World Scleroderma Foundation (WSF) and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Scleroderma & Related Diseases (JSRD) . He is also Associate Editor of Arthritis Research & Therapy and Clinical & Experimental Rheumatology, past Associate Editor and Co-Editor of Rheumatology. He serves on the boards of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, Rheumatology, Journal of Rheumatology, Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology and other rheumatology journals.


Daniel E Furst MD
Carl M Pearson Professor of Rheumatology

Univ of Cal at Los Angeles
1000 Veteran Ave Rm 32-59
Los Angeles Ca 90095-1670
Tel: :310-794-9504
Fax: 310-206-8476

Daniel E. Furst is Professor of Medicine at the University of California(emeritus), Los Angeles (UCLA), Medical Center, David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology.   He is also Adjunct professor at the university of Washington, Seattle Washington and Research Professor at the University of Florence, Florence, Italy.

He has part time practices at the Arthritis Associates of Southern California and the Seattle Rhuematology Associates in Seattle Washington.

Dr. Furst received his MD from Johns Hopkins University, where he also completed his internship and residency.  He completed two fellowships, one in Rheumatology at UCLA Medical Center, and a second in clinical pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.

After serving as assistant professor of medicine/rheumatology at the UCLA Medical Center and associate professor of internal medicine/Rheumatology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Dr. Furst became clinical professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Research at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and director of AI/P Clinical Research at Ciba Geigy Pharmaceuticals.  He then moved to Seattle, where he was clinical professor of medicine at the University of Washington, then director of clinical research programs and director of the Arthritis Clinical Research Unit at the Virginia Mason Medical Center.  He took up his position at UCLA in 2002 and became emeritus in 2015. At that time he took on his several other positions and practices, thus both enlarging his research and clinical practices.

He is on the national medical advisory board of the Scleroderma Foundation, the scientific advisory board of the Arthritis Foundation, and the board of directors for the foundation of the Collaboration of Research Rheumatologists of North America.  He is on the editorial review board of numerous clinical pharmacology and rheumatic disease journals.  He has written over 800 original articles/reviews/chapters and written or edited 14 books on rheumatic diseases.

Secretary General

Thomas Krieg, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Kerpener Str. 62
50937 Köln, Germany
Tel: +49-221-478 8 22 45

Professor Thomas Krieg is Director and Chairman in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Cologne, in addition to being the Dean of the Medical  Faculty at the University of Cologne. He has extensive experience in the field of dermatology, as well as serving for several years as Director of the Center for Molecular Medicine in Cologne. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London, and was awarded honorary membership of the Polish and Hungarian Dermatological Societies. Professor Krieg has an extensive publication record and has co-written many papers on systemic sclerosis and wound healing,  particularly with regards to the molecular mechanisms involved in pathogenesis.


Yannick ALLANORE, Université Paris Cité, Hôpital Cochin, INSERM U1016, Paris, France

Rheumatology dpt, Cochin Hospital,
Hardy A3
27 rue du Faubourg Saint Jacques
75014 Paris, France
Tel: +331 58412563
FAX: +331 58412624

Professor Yannick Allanore is Professor of Rheumatology at Université Paris Cité since 2008. He is the director of the musculo-skeletal department since 2019. He has extensive experience in the field of inflammatory and autoimmune chronic rheumatic conditions with a special interest in systemic sclerosis. He is the head of a research group at Institute Cochin working on fibro-inflammatory diseases trying to decipher pathogenesis and raise some new therapeutic targets. He was appointed in 2022 as deputy director of Cochin Institute (INSERM U1016). Professor Allanore has an extensive publication record and has written or co-written many articles on various aspects of systemic sclerosis, particularly with regards to the genetic and molecular mechanisms involved in pathogenesis and also cardio-pulmonary complications of the disease. He is the former elected chairman of EUSTAR network (2013-2019).