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The papers brought together in this supplement of the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases constitute summaries of presentations at the 14th International Symposium on Advances in Targeted Therapies, which was held from 28 March till 1 April 2012. As such, these presentations represent the state-of-the-art on the biology of mechanisms of action and pathophysiology of tumour necrosis factor (TNF), as well as other important mediators of inflammation. Current knowledge on the means and consequences of blocking TNF or other molecules or cellular mechanisms is presented as well.
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↵i The conference was organised under the sole responsibility of the departments of the Universities of Erlangen, Leiden and Vienna in collaboration with an Advisory Board consisting of the above-mentioned colleagues from departments of rheumatology of several US and European Universities. The following companies provided unrestricted educational grants for the organisation of this conference: Abbott, Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Mitsubishi Tanabe, Pfizer, Roche, Savient Pharmaceuticals, and UCB. The pharmaceutical industry had no part in the decisions regarding the specific programme and, with the exception of few observers; participants were selected and solely invited by the Organising Committee. Several members of the Advisory Board and the members of the Organising Committee have obtained experience in the use of biologic compounds in the course of their participation in clinical studies on these agents (for which the costs were defrayed by industry).
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