FAIRVASC consortium

FAIRVASC Steering Committee

ChairGiacomo EMMI
SecretaryGiacomo BAGNI
Senior CoordinatorsMark LITTLE, Augusto VAGLIO
Governance AdvisorNathan LEA
Technical AdvisorsKarl GISSLANDER, Michelangelo TESI
Onboarding ManagersMatija CRNOGORAC, Marco A. ALBA
Federated Learning AdvisorLouis ASLLET
EUVAS Liaison OfficerAladdin MOHAMMAD
Patient Liaison OfficerJulie Power  
Consortium membersDeclan O’SULLIVAN, Benjamin TERRIER, Jacek MUSIAŁ, Peter LAMPRECHT, Zdenka HRUŠKOVÁ, Krzysztof WÓJCIK, Ciaran CLISSMAN (Pintail)
Giacomo EMMI


Giacomo BAGNI
 Augusto VAGLIO
Augusto VAGLIO
Meyer’s Children’s Hospital, Florence, Department of Medicine
Augusto Vaglio (MEYER) is a member of the EUVAS scientific council, is secretary of the European Vasculitis Genetics Consortium, and is a coordinator of the European Study Group on Eosinophilic Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (EGPA). He has a strong track record in the types of clinical AAV research that will be revolutionised by FAIRVASC, including projects on slowly progressive AAV, on EGPA, and in the use of genetic markers for prognosis. He has established and coordinates an Italian national multi-centre group on paediatric AAV, with over 80 cases to date.

Trinity College Dublin Trinity Translational Medicine Institute, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences
Mark Little (TCD) leads the Registries team in EUVAS, is co-chair of the UK-Ireland Vasculitis Registry (UKIVAS) and is the strand leader for autoimmune diseases in ERN RITA. He has been working on the creation and integration of AAV registries for over a decade. He established the Vasculitis Ireland Network registry and biobank, leading to support of genome-wide association studies, development of novel AAV biomarkers and the impact of environmental triggers on autoimmune disease.

ADAPT Centre for Digital Content, O’Reilly Institute, Trinity College Dublin
Declan O’Sullivan and the team at TCD-ADAPT have extensive experience in RDF uplift and data normalisation projects across a variety of domains, including linking anti-glomerular basement membrane (anti-GBM) disease to environmental data, Geospatial data, European statistical data and rich multi-media data.


Lund University, Clinical Sciences, Rheumatology, Lund and Dept. of Rheumatology, Skåne University Hospital, Lund
Karl GISSLANDER is a doctoral student in rheumatology and autoimmunity at the Faculty of Medicine at Lund University, working with risk stratification in ANCA-associated vasculitis. He has an interest in health informatics, machine learning, and epidemiology.
Benjamin TERRIER

French Vasculitis Study Group, Cochin Hospital, APHP, University of Paris, Department of Internal Medicine
Benjamin Terrier, MD, PhD, is a specialist in Internal Medicine, holder of a thesis in Sciences in Immunology (University Paris 6). Professor of Universities-Hospital Practitioner, he is responsible for the care of patients with systemic vasculitis in the National Reference Center for Rare Systemic Autoimmune Diseases. Benjamin Terrier is also the vice-president of the FVSG. He is involved in clinical and basic research activities concerning systemic vasculitis, in particular vasculitis associated with ANCA, cryoglobulinemia, and Behçet’s disease. Benjamin Terrier has published more than 250 scientific articles, lessons, and book chapters

Lund University, Clinical Sciences, Rheumatology, Lund and Dept. of Rheumatology, Skåne University Hospital, Lund
Aladdin Mohammed at LUND has a long track record in AAV epidemiological research. LUND are currently working on several epidemiologic and outcome studies using the Southern Sweden AAV (Skane) registry of 325 patients, with focus on epidemiology AAV co-morbidity. LUND will lead the WP5 study, building on LUND’s epidemiological, statistical and data analytic expertise.

University of Lübeck, Department of Rheumatology
Peter Lamprecht at UKSH, Campus Lübeck, has a long track in basic and clinical AVV research, especially GPA, and leads the Joint Vasculitis Registry in German-speaking countries (GeVas – Germany, Austria, Switzerland). Since its inception in June 2019, this registry has included 14 sites in Germany, documented more than 100 vasculitis patients and is driven by an active and quickly growing research community. Further sites across Germany, Austria and Switzerland are being recruited. This experience will greatly facilitate the delivery of FAIRVASC

Jagiellonian University Krakow, Department of Medicine
Jacek Musial (Krakow) has published extensively on large and small vessel vascular disease and leads the Polish vasculitis registry POLVAS (>900 AAV cases), which underpins several national projects, notably in molecular biology of AAV. The POLVAS registry will be an important element of the FAIRVASC federated network.

General University Hospital in Prague, Department of

Zdenka Hruskova and the team in Prague led by Vladimir Tesar are members of ERN RITA and long-term collaborators in EUVAS research projects. They coordinate the Czech AAV registry (>1000 patients) and are involved in several important national and international research studies in epidemiology, phenotypes, outcomes, and biomarkers of AAV. This work has highlighted the need for larger cohort sizes and interoperable (FAIR) data sets.
Michelangelo TESI

Meyer’s Children’s Hospital, Florence, Department of Medicine
Michelangelo Tesi obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology with his thesis project in bioinformatics on the subject of genome-scale metabolic network reconstruction. He is now a Research Fellow at Meyer Children’s Hospital, Florence. He is interested in computational biology and health informatics
Krzysztof WÓJCIK

Jagiellonian University Krakow, Department of Medicine
Krzysztof received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in biophysics from Jagiellonian University in 2003 and 2015, respectively, and an M.D. from Jagiellonian University Medical College (JUMC), Krakow, Poland, in 2007. He was an assistant in the Division of Cell Biophysics Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University (2007-2014). He is an assistant professor at the Department of Allergy, Autoimmunity and Hypercoagulability in II Chair of Internal Medicine JUMC. His research interest is focused on vasculitis and super-resolution microscopy techniques for auto-antibody detection.


 Durham University
Louis Aslett is an Associate Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Durham University.  He has particular research interests in development of methodology at the interface of cryptography and statistics to enable secure statistical modelling and also works on applied statistical machine learning for electronic health record data, leading the SPARRA project to develop a risk prediction model for emergency hospital admission in Scotland.
Marco A. ALBA

Vasculitis Stichting and Vasculitis International
Peter Verhoeven leads both the Dutch Vasculitis Foundation (Vasculitis Stichting) and Vasculitis International, the umbrella group for national AAV organisations. The Irish, British and Dutch members of Vasculitis International are actively involved in FAIRVASC, with the leadership of Vasculitis Stichting. Peter participates in European institutions like ERN-RITA and EURORDIS, and in a major Dutch project Called ARCH (Arthritis Research and Collaboration Hub) which includes setting up shared care solutions , running a registry and integrating patient-reported outcome measures (using AAV-PRO).
Peter also participates in projects like Target-t-b! in which a consortium of clinical, translational and fundamental research groups and companies combine their strength in immunology, hemato-oncology, diagnostics and clinical experience.

Vasculitis Ireland Awareness
Julie Power holds the position of Patient Contact and Policy Officer in Vasculitis Ireland Awareness (VIA) and is responsible for managing the helpline, liaising with Healthcare Professionals, researchers, Departments of Health, other patient groups, and relevant stakeholders to improve present care of vasculitis.
Julie set up VIA as a support group for patients of all the Vasculitis diseases, their carers and interested Healthcare Professionals in the island of Ireland. It has been established as a registered charity since 2013 and registered as a charity with the Charity Regulatory Authority in 2019.
The purpose of Vasculitis Ireland Awareness is to offer support and information to patients and family members of Vasculitis where needed, increase awareness of the Vasculitis conditions and to improve management of Vasculitis. Julie is also involved in ERN- RITA.

Pintail Ltd.
Ciaran is Managing Director and owner of Pintail Ltd. Pintail, founded in 2001, is an Irish SME which specialises in supporting scientific research through effective administration, high-impact dissemination and informed exploitation planning. Ciaran holds a Masters in Computer Science from University College Dublin, and has been a research strategist and projects expert since 1986. He has personal experience of projects in health, ICT, cultural heritage and security. Within the projects in which he is active, he is the ‘go to’ expert on all questions of EU regulations, budgets, costs, legalities, contracts, guidelines and formalities. As a computer scientist, he also has excellent insight into the interface between health and ICT and plays an active role in the more technology-driven work-packages of several projects



Nathan LEA


The European Institute for Innovation through Health Data (i~HD)

Dipak is President of The European Institute for Innovation through Health Data (i~HD). He plays a leading international role in research and development of Electronic Health Records, including the development of ISO standards on EHR interoperability, personal health records, EHR requirements, security and data protection. Dipak has led multiple Horizon 2020 and IMI projects in these areas, alongside pharma companies, hospitals, patient and professional organisations and ICT companies. His current projects include the generation and acceptance of real world evidence in pregnancy, the governance of patient-centric clinical trials, scaling up the quality, interoperability and the reuse of health data for research, the readiness of hospitals to generate evidence for value based care, and a new initiative to explain the value of research using health data to the public. Dipak is Professor of Health Informatics at University College London, Visiting Professor at the University of Gent, a member of CEN and ISO standardisation bodies and a former GP.

Nathan Lea (PhD) is an independent consultant who is working with i~HD as their data protection officer and on the development of adaptive codes of practice and standard operating procedures to govern and secure the use of health and genetic data for research purposes and digital health innovation. He has focused his work on operational security and design implementation and he has an interest in understanding the legal, ethical and societal impacts and concerns around novel health data uses, particularly in the area of Artificial Intelligence for health management and genomics research. Nathan is the Information Governance Lead for the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Clinical Research Informatics Unit and a Senior Research Fellow at UCL where his research and teaching focuses on understanding legal, ethical and security requirements for Big Data driven clinical research.  Nathan has worked with the UCL European Institute to examine the implications of No Deal Brexit on EU Data Flows and reviewing transatlantic data flows in the light of Privacy Shield and the Schrems II Case.
He is an Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Population Data Science.