Miroslav Harjacek

Dr. Miroslav Harjaček is the Head of Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology at the Children’s Hospital Srebrnjak, Zagreb, Croatia. He graduated in Pediatrics in 1992 (Children’s Hospital, Buffalo, NY, USA) and in Pediatric Rheumatology 1996 (Floating Hospital for Children at NEMC, Boston, MA, USA). In 1998, he obtained his PhD in Medical Sciences at the University of Zagreb. He became an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in 2009 at the Medical School Zagreb, Croatia. He is a Fellow of American College of Rheumatology (ACR), member of Pediatric Rheumatology European Society (PRES), and national coordinator of PRINTO (Pediatric International Trial Organization). In 2009 he joined the Children’s Hospital Srebrnjak, Zagreb, Croatia, and for the last seven years he has served as co-chairman for the International Summer School in Dubrovnik organized by IUC. Professor Miroslav Harjaček has published numerous papers and given a notable number of invited lectures on Pediatric Rheumatology. He is a reviewer for several international rheumatologic journals.

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Rheumatology is a subspecialty of medicine that focuses on the biology, cause, diagnosis and the treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal and other systemic diseases. The field of rheumatology is expanding rapidly and several very exciting developments have occurred during the recent years. Firstly, there has been a new dramatic understanding of the nature of inflammation and the possibility of specifically regulating the aberrant immune inflammatory response. Secondly, an understanding of pathogenesis has lead to the development of new, more targeted therapies. Challenges in Rheumatology has assembled an impressive group of international experts who have studied specific aspects of certain rheumatic diseases and have extensive experience either in pathophysiology, or with the in-depth diagnosis and/or management of rheumatic patients. They communicate their knowledge and experience to the reader in chapters that are conveniently organized as pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and diagnosis of selected rheumatic diseases, medical and perioperative orthopedic management, and the economic impact of rheumatic diseases. We hope that this book will help trainees become better physicians and scientists, and that it will help practicing rheumatologists to provide better care, and ultimately, improve the quality of life of our patients.

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