Head, Service of Rheumatology
Director of the Department of Internal Medicine Specialities
University of Geneva
Cem Gabay heads the department of rheumatology in the Geneva University Hospital. He is a renowned scientist in his field, currently with over 240 peer reviewed publications. His research has principally focused on the role of cytokines and their signaling in rheumatoid arthritis. Recently he has been active in several clinical trials of novel biological therapies for this disease.
Professor Gabay obtained his medical degree in 1985 at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and then trained in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. He did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado from 1995 to 1999 in the laboratory of William Arend, and then returned to Geneva to start his laboratory. He is currently Director of the Division of Rheumatology in Geneva.
His field of basic research is focused on the biology of cytokines of the IL-1 family. He is particularly interested in the balance between cytokines with agonist activities and natural inhibitors using different experimental models of inflammatory diseases. He is also an expert in rheumatoid arthritis and has conducted several clinical trials as well as observational studies on biological therapies.
Cem Gabay been an active member of ICIS, previously ICS/ISICR, for approximately 20 years. He has actively participated in the annual meetings serving as Chairman of the 10th Joint ISICR/ICS Conference “Cytokines: From Basic Biology to Clinical Application”, which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, September 11-15, 2012, the last joint meeting of ISICR and ICS before the merger. Most recently he served as the Chair of the ICIS Meeting Committee from 2013 through 2016.