Robert Inman, Professor of Medicine & Immunology

Guest Speaker:  Friday, June 03, 2016
Location: At the Fairmont, Confederation 5&6
Topic: "Genes and Germs:
Clues to Immunity and Disease."


Robert D Inman MD, FRCPC, FACP, FRCP Edin

Professor of Medicine and Immunology, University of Toronto
Deputy Physician in Chief, Research, University Health Network
Director Spondylitis Program, Toronto Western Hospital 
Senior Scientist, Toronto Western Research Institute, Toronto Ontario 



Dr. Inman completed his undergraduate degree at Yale University, and his medical degree at McMaster University. He did his training in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University and his fellowship in Rheumatology at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He then completed a Research Fellowship at the Hammersmith Hospital in London. He was subsequently appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cornell University. He moved to the University of Toronto where he was appointed Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Immunology. He was Director of Rheumatology at the University of Toronto and at University Health Network 1991-2002. 

His research interests have focused on the interaction of infection with autoimmunity, and on clinical and basic aspects of Spondyloarthritis, the type of arthritis that attacks the spine, arms and legs. He has over 350 publications as manuscripts and chapters.

He is currently Director of the Arthritis Center of Excellence at the University Health Network, Director of the Spondylitis Program at Toronto Western Hospital, and Deputy Physician in Chief, Research at University Health Network.

He has been recipient of numerous awards including the Medical Communicator Award from the ACR, the Jonas Salk Award from the March of Dimes, and the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Canadian Rheumatology Association. The University of Toronto established the Inman Lectureship in his honor.

He has been honoured as recipient of the Pemberton Lectureship, the Charles L. Christian Lectureship, the Ishmael Lectureship, the Bernadine Becker Lectureship, the EM Holtby Lectureship, the Dunlop-Dottridge Lectureship, the M. Ogryzlo Lectureship, and has been Visiting Professor at numerous universities in the USA and abroad. He has been inducted as Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

He was President of the VIII International Spondyloarthritis Symposium (Gent, Belgium) and was Chair of the Medical and Scientific Board of the Spondylitis Association of America. At present he is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Rheumatology, Section Editor of Current Opinion in Rheumatology, and a member of the Advisory Boards of Nature Rheumatology Reviews and Modern Rheumatology.

He is currently a member of the Executive Committees of the Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International Society (ASAS), the Spondyloarthritis Research and Treatment Network (SPARTAN), the Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium of Canada (SPARCC), and the International Genetics of Ankylosing Spondylitis (IGAS) Consortium.