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Pamir Atagunduz

Prof. Pamir Atagunduz is a senior researcher and lecturer at the School of Medicine of Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey. He studied medicine at Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, and completed his rheumatology residency at the School of Medicine of Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey in 2001. He received his professor title in internal medicine on 26.01.2011. Dr. Atagunduz's first publications on the field of SpA with a focus on the pathogenesis of SpA, esp. the molecular mimicry theory, date back to 2004 and 2005 for which he worked at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Benjamin Franklin (CBF) under the supervision of Prof. Joachim Sieper. (Atagunduz P, Appel H, Kuon W, Wu P, Thiel A, Kloetzel PM, Sieper J. HLA-B27-restricted CD8+ T cell response to cartilage-derived self-peptides in ankylosing spondylitis. Arthritis Rheum. 2005 Mar;52(3):892-901. PubMed PMID: 15751060 and Kuon W, Kuhne M, Busch DH, Atagunduz P, Seipel M, Wu P, Morawietz L, Fernahl G, Appel H, Weiss EH, Krenn V, Sieper J. Identification of novel human aggrecan T cell epitopes in HLA-B27 transgenic mice associated with spondyloarthropathy. J Immunol. 2004 Oct 15;173(8):4859-66. PubMed PMID: 15470026.) His current research activities are directed toward improved biological therapies for patients with Spondyloarthritis. He has developed a dedicated clinic for patients with AS at Marmara University School of Medicine (MUSoM) which serves as a resource for teaching in the division of rheumatology and a cohort for future AS studies. He is currently the PI on three MUSoM-funded studies examining the role of genetics on the severity of AS and enteropathic arthritis. He is also serving in the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis International Society. and more recently he has also served on a Rheumatology Federation of Turkey-sponsored panel to develop clinical research guidelines in both axial spondyloarthritis and enteropathic arthritis. He has organized a national rheumatology fellows training group of rheumatologists from three different universities and a radiologist for the purpose of spreading the concept of axial Spondyloarthritis and trained 315 rheumatology, physical therapy and rehabilitation fellows in Turkey. (As of March 2018 – ongoing) He has been the editor-in-chief of the Marmara Medical Journal (MMJ) between the years of October 2013 and January 2023.

Full name: Pamir Atagunduz

Current country: Turkey

Membership level: Full

Type of membership: Member

Number of publications: 34

Inflammatory rheumatic diseases developed after COVID-19 vaccination: presentation of a case series and review of the literature (2023)

Clinical and laboratory factors associated with the bamboo spine in patients with axial spondyloarthritis: are there clues for the bamboo spine? (2022)

Tuberculin skin test before biologic and targeted therapies: does the same rule apply for all? (2022)

Physicians’ Biological Drug Preference in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis and Spondyloarthritis With a History of Malignancy: Perspectives From the Treasure Database (2022)

Presence of axial spondyloarthritis associated sacroiliitis and structural changes on MR enterography: A direct comparison with sacroiliac joint MRI (2022)

Interleukin-1 Inhibitors and Vaccination Including COVID-19 in Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases: A Nonsystematic Review (2022)

Epidemiological characteristics of hepatitis B and C in patients with inflammatory arthritis: Implications from treasure database (2022)

Uveitis-related Factors in Patients With Spondyloarthritis: TReasure Real-Life Results (2021)

Risk of tuberculosis is increased in Behçet’s disease compared to other rheumatological disorders after anti-TNFα treatments: a case series and review of the literature (2021)

A practical approach for vaccinations including COVID-19 in autoimmune/autoinflammatory rheumatic diseases: a non-systematic review (2021)

Prevalence of inflammatory back pain and radiologic sacroiliitis is increased in patients with primary Sjögren’s syndrome (2018)

The evaluation of the static and dynamic balance disorders in patients with psoriatic arthritis (2018)

Methodology of a new inflammatory arthritis registry: TReasure (2018)

An Assessment in SpondyloArthritis International Society (ASAS)-endorsed definition of clinically important worsening in axial spondyloarthritis based on ASDAS (2018)

High prevalence of sacrococcygeal pilonidal sinus disease in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (2018)

Limited reliability of radiographic assessment of spinal progression in ankylosing spondylitis (2017)

Association of ERAP1, IL23R and PTGER4 Polymorphisms with Radiographic Severity of Ankylosing Spondylitis (2017)

A relationship between spinal new bone formation in ankylosing spondylitis and the sonographically determined Achilles tendon enthesophytes (2015)

Sonographic measurement of Achilles tendon thickness in seronegative spondyloarthropathies (2014)

Ankylosing spondylitis and a diagnostic dilemma: coccydynia (2014)

Conventional DMARD therapy (methotrexate-sulphasalazine) may decrease the requirement of biologics in routine practice of ankylosing spondylitis patients: a real-life experience (2012)

Active disease requiring TNF-alpha-antagonist therapy can be well discriminated with different ASDAS sets: a prospective, follow-up of disease activity assessment in ankylosing spondylitis (2010)

Determinants of early radiographic progression in ankylosing spondylitis (2010)

Validation of ultrasound imaging for Achilles entheseal fibrocartilage in bovines and description of changes in humans with spondyloarthritis (2010)

Mannose binding lectin levels are not related to radiographic damage in ankylosing spondylitis (2010)

Monitoring Achilles enthesitis in ankylosing spondylitis during TNF-alpha antagonist therapy: an ultrasound study (2009)

Agreement between Quantiferon-TB gold test and tuberculin skin test in the identification of latent tuberculosis infection in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis (2009)

A rare case of spontaneous, bilateral Achilles tendon rupture in systemic lupus erythematosus and a review of the literature (2008)

Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae antibodies (ASCA) in spondyloarthropathies: a reassessment (2007)

Mannose binding lectin levels in spondyloarthropathies (2007)

A major subset of patients with ankylosing spondylitis followed up in tertiary clinical care require anti-tumour necrosis factor alpha biological treatments according to the current guidelines (2005)

HLA-B27-restricted CD8+ T cell response to cartilage-derived self peptides in ankylosing spondylitis (2005)

The investigation of sacroiliitis with different imaging techniques in spondyloarthropathies (2005)

Identification of novel human aggrecan T cell epitopes in HLA-B27 transgenic mice associated with spondyloarthropathy (2004)