Riccardo Meliconi, M.D. (gender: male, date of birth: 15/04/1951). MD Degree with Honors (1976) at the University of Bologna. Specialist degree in: Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Allergology and Clinical Immunology. From 2002 Associate Professor of Rheumatology, University of Bologna From 2003 Head of the Rheumatology Unit, Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute, Bologna. From 2014 Head of Medicine & Rheumatology Unit, Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute, Bologna. He is involved in the following research areas: pathogenesis of osteoarthritis, hand osteoarthritis: imaging, biomarkers, clinical associations, early inflammatory arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica and large vessel vasculitis: pathogenesis, biomarkers, cytokines and chemokines in arthritis and vasculitis. He obtained funds from foundations, CNR, Italian Ministry of Health. He is author of 104 papers on Pub Med, with a H-Index of 26 (source: Scopus).