Advanced Course on Drugs, Dilemmas and Decisions

JIR Winter School in Villars Switzerland from 28th of February to 1st of March 2020


Course Format


State of the art lectures
Interactive workshops in small groups
Clinical cases analysis in small groups
Abstract presentations (oral and poster)

You will also be able to meet some International specialists through the sessions and multiple leisure activities in the magnificent Swiss Alps.

This unique event is designed for all physicians interested in this topic. The number of participants is limited to 50 and registrations will be accepted on the basis of “first come first served”. 

This Winter School is organized by the JIRcohort research network.

Course endorsed by PReS

Speakers (confirmed)

Marco Gattorno, Genoa, Italy

Dirk Föll, Münster, Germany

Sophie Georgin-Lavialle, Paris, France

Brigitte Bader-Meunier, Paris, France

Véronique Hentgen, Versailles, France

Michaël Hofer, Lausanne, Switzerland

Helmut Wittkowski, Münster, Germany

Alexandre Belot, Lyon, France

Katerina Theodoropoulou, Lausanne, Switzerland

Pavla Dolezalova, Prague, Czech Republic (Live from Mumbai)

Rolando Cimaz, Milano, Italy (Live from Mumbai)


Friday 28th of February 2020

9:30 - 10:30

Welcome and Registration

10:30 - 12:00


Main challenges in treatment of auto-inflammatory diseases (M. Gattorno)
Main challenges in treatment of lupus and connectivitis (A. Belot)
Abstract presentation

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:30

Workshop 1-4 (all participants will go through all workshops)

1) Real-life data on biological: rare adverse events from JIR and AID-net registries (H. Wittkowski + K. Theodoropoulou)
2) Compliance: how to evaluate in real life (V. Hentgen + M. Gattorno)
3) Everything you wanted to know about steroid therapy, but were afraid to ask (B. Bader-Meunier + A. Belot)
4) Oratory art (A. Dalang)

14:30 - 16:00

Workshop 1-4

16:00 - 16:30


16:30 - 18:30

Clinical case analysis (all participants will analyse 2 cases in small groups)


Saturday 29th of February 2020

8:00 - 8:30

Clinical case presentation

Debate pro-contra biologicals in JIA (H. Wittkowski)

8:30 - 9:00

Lecture (Live with India)

Main challenges of treatment in JIA (P. Dolezalova)

9:00 - 10:30

Debate (Live with India)

Biologics VS Biosimilar - Finding the balance (M. Hofer + S. Georgin-Lavialle + M. Agarwal +  T. Sathish Kumar)

10:30 - 11:00

Lecture (Live with India)

Long term rist of biological (R. Cimaz)

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 13:00

Workshop 1-4

13:00 - 17:30

Leisure Time

17:30 - 18:30

Clinical case presentation

Colchicine (V. Hentgen)
Secondary immunodeficiency due to Rituximab/IVIG substitution in secondary hypogammaglobulinemia (A. Belot)

18:30 - 19:00

Poster walk


Gala dinner


Sunday 1st of March 2020

Lecture (Live with India)

8:30 - 9:00

Small molecules (JAK inhibitors) new kids on the block (D. Föll)

Clinical case presentations (Live with India)

Precaution before starting and how to stop biologicals (S. Georgin-Lavialle)
Methotrexate/Thalidomide: pros and cons (R. Khubchandani + M. Hofer)

9:00 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:30

Workshop 1-4

10:30 - 12:00


Practical informations

The Winter School will take place at Eurotel-Victoria in Villars. Villars is a Swiss Alps village at 1h30 from Geneva Airport. It is easily reachable by car or by public transport (train/bus).

This registration fee includes: Access to all the JIR Winter School sessions (Friday - Sunday), 2 nights at Eurotel-Victoria**** Villars, 2 breakfast, 1 lunch, the gala dinner and access to all the videos of the sessions.

Early registration (until 10.01.2020)

Single room: 490€

Shared Double room: 390€

Registration after 11.01.2020

Single room: 540€

Shared Double room: 440€

JIRcohort members special price

100€ discount for all JIRcohort members.

PReS members special price

100€ discount for all PReS members.

Cancelation policy
Since 1st of January 2020: 50% of total price has to be paid

Since 20th of February 2020: 100% of total price has to be paid. 

Abstract submission

All participants can submit an abstract until the 31.12.2019. To submit your abstract please send it to the following link.

Selected abstract for an oral or a poster presentation will be informed in January.

Basic course on Thursday 27th of February 2020

Already come to Switzerland on Thursday 27th of February and take part to the course on "Uveitis: a team work between the ophthalmologist and the pediatrician" at Hôpital Ophtalmique Jules-Gonin in Lausanne. 

Registration to the basic course is free but compulsary (indicate in your registration to the JIR Winter School)

JIR Winter School Switzerland
Feb 28, 9:30 AM – Mar 01, 12:00 PM
Eurotel Victoria Villars,
Route des Layeux, 1884 Ollon, Suisse

Past JIR Winter School events

JIR Winter School 2017 in Leysin Switzerland on SoJIA / Still

JIR Winter School 2018 in Leysin Switzerland on Juvenile Onset Lupus

JIR Winter School 2019 in Villars Switzerland on Autoinflammatory disease


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