Welcome Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Following the success of the 4th International Congress on Controversies in Rheumatology and Autoimmunity (CORA 2017) held in Bologna and the 11th International Congress of Autoimmunity in Lisbon, it is our great pleasure to welcome you to Florence, Italy, for the 5th CORA Congress. 

First launched in Florence in 2011, CORA has since become a major event in the field of rheumatology and autoimmunity thanks to its fresh and intuitive structure featuring debate sessions on burning and controversial issues. The last congress attracted over 800 participants and we expect to reach as many as over 1000 delegates in 2019.

CORA 2019 will feature major and short debate sessions, scientific lectures, abstract presentations, sponsored blocks, as well as an exciting new session type: the “Corridor Consult” where difficult clinical cases will be discussed by top experts.

Today, new autoimmune syndromes are being discovered, Spondyloarthropathies and Dementia Psoriasis to name just a few. New discoveries and descriptions are being rapidly released by leading scientists and these findings raise further questions related to the clinical diagnosis, management, as well as the pathogenesis of rheumatic and autoimmune disorders. The scientific program of CORA 2019 will cover many of these issues through a range of debates on contemporary and controversial topics.

CORA 2019 promises a colorful and innovative program, and we look forward to your contribution by submitting an abstract and joining the discussions on these issues.

We await to see you in Florence, Italy, on March 14th – 16th, in the wonderful surroundings of the Palazzo de CONGRESSI, a five-minute walk from the historical center of the city. 


​Prof. Andrea Doria
Prof. Zoltan Szekanecz

Congress Chairs

​Prof. Yehuda Shoenfeld   

Honorary Chair