Speaker: Emeritus Professor Peter Roberts-Thomson, Flinders University
Title: The Ancient and Modern Practice of Rheumatology in South Australia
Speaker Biography: Professor Roberts-Thomson is a 1971 graduate of The University of Adelaide and following his intern year, worked for a year in general practice in WA and the NT. He spent the next three years as the Senior Hulme Scholar at Brasenose College, Oxford University, researching immune mechanisms in rheumatic and inflammatory disorders.
Returning to the Flinders Medical Centre, he completed his conjoint Diploma in Immunology and Immunopathology. The award of a Fulbright Scholarship then took him to Dallas, Texas to study rheumatology in the department of the doyen of American rheumatology, Professor M Ziff.
In 1980, Professor Roberts-Thomson was appointed Staff Specialist in Immunology at Flinders Medical Centre, three years later, Head of Rheumatology and in 1999, he became Professor and Chairman of the Department of Immunology, Allergy and Arthritis. From 2008 to 2013 he was Clinical Director of the Immunology Directorate of SA Pathology. For the last 5 years he has worked part time as an immunopathologist-rheumatologist at FMC/SA Pathology.
Professor Roberts-Thomson has a particular interest in the diagnosis and management of systemic autoimmune disorders. He is the author or co-author of over 230 research publications and 5 books.