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Spine and Rheumatic Diseases

Call for Papers

Rheumatic diseases include a wide spectrum of diseases involving musculoskeletal and immune system. Spinal disorders, whether mechanical or inflammatory, are main manifestations in daily clinical practice of rheumatologists, neurologists, orthopaedics, and general physicians. Spondyloarthritis, typically ankylosing spondylitis is one of major rheumatic spinal disorder. The pathogenesis of rheumatic diseases involved many interaction domains including genes, immunity, mechanical stress, infection, and other environmental factors.

We invite authors to submit original research, and review articles that seek to define the interaction of immune system with genes and environmental factors, such as microbials and physical factors in spine and rheumatic diseases. We are interested in articles that explore all basic and clinical aspects of spine and rheumatic diseases. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Clinical and basic studies on spinal disorder or rheumatic diseases
  • Genes and anatomy in spine and rheumatic diseases
  • Immune response in spine or rheumatic diseases, for example, receptors, cytokines, chemokines, and intracellular signaling pathways
  • Pathogenesis of specific spine or rheumatic diseases, for example, spondyloarthritis
  • Treatment of spine or rheumatic diseases, including traditional and experimental therapies, for example, biological agents, small molecules target therapy, cell therapy, gene therapy, and surgery

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/rheumatology/srd/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 10 October 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 2 January 2015
Publication DateFriday, 27 February 2015

Lead Guest Editor

  • James C. C. Wei, Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan

Guest Editors

  • Yi Liu, Department of Rheumatology and Immunology, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, China
  • Hsi-Kai Tsou, Department of Neurosurgery, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan
  • Irene E. van der Horst-Bruinsma, Department of Rheumatology, VU University Medical Centre, The Netherlands