endorsed by:

Swiss Association of the Study of the Liver
Rheuma Schweiz

Promote Interdisciplinarity and Learn from Each Other

After the great success of the meeting last year we are delighted to announce the 2nd Common Ground Meeting on Chronic Inflammation at the Swiss Tech Convention Center on January 28, 2021. This meeting aims at empowering rheumatologists, dermatologists, gastroenterologists, immunologists, nephrologist and pneumologists, internists, and other healthcare professionals to interact and learn from each other in order to advance the care of patients with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDs) such as psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, spondylarthritis, hepatitis, interstitial lung disorders, glomerulomephritis, ect. 

  • Discuss and identify common clinical problems and solutions as well as upcoming treatments
  • Share knowledge and experience and foster interdisciplinarity
  • Describe the relationship between the pathophysiology of immune-mediated chronic inflammatory diseases
  • Understand future opportunities and challenges of precision medicine for immune mediated inflammatory diseases across disciplines

We are putting together an exciting program with lectures from leading experts, plenary sessions and enough time for networking and discussions. 

We would be very delighted to seeing you at the face-to-face meeting in Lausanne. Nevertheless, if this might not be possible for you an online transmission will be provided to join the meeting.

Thomas Hügle
Prof. Thomas Hügle
Division of Rheumatology
Michel Gilliet
Prof. Michel Gilliet
Division of Dermatology
Darius Moradpour
Prof. Darius Moradpour
Division of Gastroenterology

Preliminary Program

(August 4, 2020)

09:00 – 09:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee


Thomas Hügle, Darius Moradpour and Michel Gilliet, Jacob M. van Laar

Session 1: What’s new on chronic inflammatory conditions in your specialty?

Chairs: Hervé Bachelez, Paris/ Camillo Ribi, Lausanne

09:30 – 10:00


Markus Neurath, Erlangen

10:00 – 10:30


Oliver Distler, Zurich

10:30 – 11:00

Christophe von Garnier, Lausanne

11:00 – 11:30
11:30 – 12:00 

Fadi Fakhouri, Lausanne

Lunch Break

Session 2: Hot topics

COVID-19: Basics and impact on patients with immune-mediated dieases

12:45 – 13:15

Evolution and dynamics of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

Jan Dexler, Berlin

 13:15 – 13:45

Controlling cytokine storms at the example of COVID-19

Peter Villiger, Bern

Coffee Break

Understanding autoinflammatory diseases

 13:45 – 14:15
Inflammasome, Interferopathies & Co

Michaël Hofer, Lausanne

The microbiome and its role in chronic inflammation

 14:15 – 14:45
Mechanisms of host-microbial mutualism

Andrew J. Macpherson, Bern

Coffee Break

Chronic inflammation & carcinogenesis

 15:15 – 15:45

Session 3: Interdisciplinary cases

Chair: Peter Villiger, Bern

15:45 – 16:05


16:05 – 16:25 
16:25 – 16:45
16:45 – 17:05
17:05 – 17:10


Meet our invited speakers

Prof. Oliver Distler
Prof. Oliver Distler

University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland

Prof. Peter Villiger
Prof. Peter Villiger

University Hospital Bern, Switzerland

Prof. Christophe von Garnier
Prof. Christophe von Garnier

University Hospital Lausanne, Switzerland

Prof. Jan Felix Drexler
Prof. Jan Felix Drexler

Charité University Hospital Berlin, Germany

Prof. Michaël Hofer
Prof. Michaël Hofer

University Hospital Lausanne , Switzerland

Prof. Hervé Bachelez
Prof. Hervé Bachelez

Saint-Louis University Hospital Paris, France

Prof. Fadi Fakhouri
Prof. Fadi Fakhouri

University Hospital Lausanne, Switzerland

Prof. Andrew Macpherson
Prof. Andrew Macpherson

University Hospital Bern, Switzerland

PD Dr. med. Camillo Ribi
PD Dr. med. Camillo Ribi

University Hospital Lausanne, Switzerland

Prof. Markus Neurath
Prof. Markus Neurath

University Hospital Erlangen, Germany

Prof. Jacob M. van Laar
Prof. Jacob M. van Laar

University Medical Centre Utrecht, Netherlands

Sponsors in 2019

Thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible!

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Pfizer Logo
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Early Bird registration is possible until November 28, 2020. 

On-site participants will receive two coffee breaks and lunch.

The link for the online participation will be provided some days before the event.

SwissTech Convention Center

General Information

Please find here all organisational details about the event:

  • Access to venue
  • Hotel recommendations
  • Certifications
  • Prices etc.
  • COVID-19 protection measures

Get in Touch with the Organisation

Sina Reis-Balikcioglu

Comeed – Medical Conferences, Meetings & Education

Sina Reis-Balikcioglu


Impressions 2019

With 145 participants the first edition of the Common Ground Meeting was a great succes! 

I appreciate the initianive of bringing different disciplines together – that definitly enables knowledge & experience sharing!

Prof. Axel Frinckh

University Hospital Geneva, Switzerland

Excellent meeting en ce qui concerne les thèmes abordés et discussions sur potentielles collaborations!

Dr. Valérie Pittet

University Center for Primary Care and Public Health, Lausanne, Switzerland

A very exciting and unique meeting, where experts from different disciplines exchange their newest insights and discuss common pathways of different diseases. Highly inspiring.

Dr. Christoph Schlapbach

Bern University Hospital, Switzerland