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CHICAGO - William St.Clair, MD, a rheumatologist and professor at Duke University College of Medicine in Durham, N.C., was named 2012 treasurer of the American College of Rheumatology at the ACR's annual business meeting held this week in Chicago.

Dr. St.Clair is chief of the Division of Rheumatology and Immunology at Duke University Medical Center, and also serves as professor of medicine and immunology. His primary research interests include the development of novel immunological therapies for rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome, scleroderma and systemic vasculitis.

Dr. St.Clair received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his medical degree at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in rheumatology at Duke University Medical Center.

Currently, Dr. St.Clair serves as the principal investigator for the Duke Autoimmunity Center of Excellence, a project funded by the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He is also the deputy director for clinical affairs in the Immune Tolerance Network, a NIAID-funded consortium dedicated to the development of tolerance-inducing therapies in transplantation, allergy and asthma, and autoimmunity.

Dr. St.Clair is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and reviews, and served as the lead editor for Rheumatoid Arthritis - a book describing the epidemiology, clinical features, pathogenesis, and treatment of this disease. He has also served as deputy editor of Arthritis & Rheumatism, a scientific medical journal published by the ACR.

An active volunteer with the ACR, Dr. St.Clair served a two-year term as president of the College's Research and Education Foundation, and he served as a member of the ACR executive committee and board of directors, and chaired the ACR Committee on Research. He is a member of the American Association of Immunologists and the American College of Physicians.

The American College of Rheumatology is an international professional medical society that represents more than 8,000 rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals around the world. Its mission is to advance or more information about the meeting, visit or join the conversation on Twitter by using the official hashtag: #ACR2011.

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