Imperial College London

Dr Liz Lightstone

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Immunology and Inflammation

Consul (clinical) for the Faculty of Medicine



+44 (0)20 3313 3152l.lightstone Website




Miss Anjli Jagpal +44 (0)20 3313 3152




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Dr Frederic Houssiau, Chief Investigator, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Université catholique de Louvain, Bruxelles,Belgium, Chair, Data Safety Monitoring Committee, RING Trial - Rituximab for Lupus Nephritis with Remission as a Goal, 2013

Brad H. Rovin, MD, FACP, FASNProfessor of Medicine and PathologyVice Chairman of Research for Internal MedicineDirector, Division of Nephrology, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Lupus nephritisCollaborator on biomarkers in lupus nephritisUS lead in Rituxilup trial, 2012

Professor Ronald van Vollenhoven, Unit for Clinical Therapy Research, Inflammatory Diseases (Clin TRID), Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, Collaborating on RITUXILUP trial in lupus nephritis - I am chief investigator of the international multicentre randomised controlled trial and he is the lead for the non UK EU sites., 2011

Dr Giovanna Lombardi, Guy's, Kings and St Thomas' Medical School, 2005 - 2008

Dr Paul Roderick and Dr Mark Mullee, Medical Epidemiology Unit, Southampton University, 2003

Dr Marta Lapsley and Dr Mark Dockrell, South West Thames Renal Research Institute, 2003

Mr Gurch Randhawa, Luton University, 2002

Guest Lectures

Lupus nephritis: updates in diagnosis and treatment - calcineurin inhibitors and more, American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, Online, 2020

Pregnancy and lupus nephritis, American Society of Nephrology, Online, 2020

Managing lupus nephritis in the 21st century, Fertility and pregnancy issues in patients with lupus nephritis. Case study interactive workshop, Lupus Academy, 2020

Addressing the challenges posed by pregnancy in CKD, ERA-EDTA 2020 - Gold Plenary, Online, 2020

Lupus nephritis presenting in pregnancy (cancelled because of COVID), World Congress of Nephrology, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2020

TED Talk - steroid free remission in lupus nephritis, American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, USA, 2019

Managing glomerulonephritis during pregnancy, American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week, Washington DC, USA, 2019

Invited speaker and roundtable discussant, Israel Society of Rheumatology, 2019

Update on the treatment of lupus nephritis, EULAR Congress 2019, Madrig, 2019

Balancing risk - what to advise when it's all going very badly, UK Kidney Week 2019, Brighton, 2019

1. Vasculitis: what makes the diagnosis?2. Are MAbs the holy grail for the treatment of lupus nephritis3. Withdrawing immunosuppression in lupus4. Recent developments in the treatment of adult nephrotic syndrome, ApEx CS 2019 Board Review Course Mumbai, Mumbai, India, 2019

Pregnancy in lupus and other autoimmune diseases, World Congress of Nephrology, Melbourne, Australia, 2019

Frontiers in Glomerulonephritis - What's new in lupus nephritis?, Royal Society of Medicine, London, 2019

Novel approaches to define patients with lupus nephritis at high risk of poor outcomes, 10th European Lupus Meeting,, Venice, Italy, 2016

SLE in pregnancy, IMSANZ and SOMANZ Combined Annual Meeting, Alice Springs, Australia, 2016

Chandos lecture "Pregnancy and kidney disease", UK Kidney Week, Birmingham, UK, 2016

Mono- versus add-on anti-CD20 therapy in lupus nephritis, ISN Nexus Symposium 2016, Berlin, Germany, 2016

Meet the Professor Session, American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 2015

SLE and pregnancy: concerns and management, American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting, San Diego, 2015

Diagnosis and therapy: to Bx or not to Bx and to Cx or not to Cx? Ideas about GC-free remission, 11th International Congress on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vienna, 2015

Meet the Professor sessions on lupus nephritis 2014-2016, American College of Rheumatology, Annual meeting, San Francisco, USA, 2014

Do we really need steroids to treat lupus nephritis?, Gerald Loewi Rheumatology Meeting, Israel, 2014

Glucocorticoid-free treatment for lupus nephritis - a paradigm shift in the making?, 3rd Lupus Academy Meeting, Berlin, 2014

Lupus nephritis - Retreat from Steroids, Ten Topics 2013 - rheumatology meeting held at St Thomas' Hospital. International meeting. Audience of about 150, St Thomas' Hospital, 2013

Use of Biologics in the treatment of Lupus NephritisPlenary lecture, 10th Lupus World Congress in Buenos AiresPlenary session - audience 1500, Hilton, Buenos Aires., 2013

Meet the Professor - Management of Lupus Nephritis, at the 10th Lupus World Congress in Buenos Aires, Hilton, Buenos Aires, 2013

Guest lecture - Up to date: Lupus biopsy - the nephrologist's point of view. Audience ~400, 10th Lupus World Congress Buenos Aires, Hilton, Buenos Aires., 2013

Lupus nephritis - update on modern management, 2nd Lupus Academy - The Lupus Academy* is a long term global educational initiative lead by a Steering Committee of international experts in Lupus, who endeavour to provide unparalleled scientific and clinical updates in Lupus, through highly interactive annual meetings and associated enduring learning materials. We believe the Lupus Academy stimulates our members with new ideas and enhanced enthusiasm for future interaction and discussion with their colleagues in Lupus. I was invited back after the meeting in Barcelona and again was the only nephrologist on the Faculty., Held as part of Lupus 2013 - 10th International Congress on SLE, 2013

How I treat difficult lupus, Joint Renal Association / British transplant Society Meeting March 2013, Bournemouth, 2013

Plenary lecture: 1. Can we avoid end-stage renal disease in all patients? (with lupus nephritis)Workshop: Lupus Kidney Disease - when to biopsy? How to treat, The Lupus Academy is a long-term initiative committed to improving patient outcomes in SLE and allied diseases. By providing a highly interactive educational forum, the Lupus Academy is dedicated to sharing best clinical practice through the dissemination and discussion of cutting edge scientific and clinical research. The first meeting was held in Barcelona in 2012. I was the only nephrologist on the faculty and received the highest rating of any speaker for both my plenary lecture and the workshops I ran., Fire Palace Hotel, Barcelona, Spain, 2012

Look: No Steroids!, Ten Topics in Rheumatology, St Thomas' Hospital, 2011

Managing difficult organ involvement in SLE - The Kidney, 8th European Lupus Meeting, Porto, Portugal, 2011

Plenary talk - Current Topics in Lupus Nephritis, Lupus Nephritis Conference, Kyorin University,, Tokyo, Japan, 2010

Identifying Novel Biomarkers of Disease Activity in Lupus Nephritis, EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism) 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2009

Modern Management of Lupus Nephritis, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan, 2008

Preconception advice for women with renal disease, EDTA-ERA annual meeting, Stockholm, 2008

Biomarkers in Lupus Nephritis, Oxford Renal Unit, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, 2008

Treating Lupus Nephritis without oral steroids, Roche Headquarters, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, 2008

Pregnancy and Diabetic nephropathy, Pregnancy and Diabetes Study Day, Queen Charlotte's and Imperial College London, The Royal Brompton Hospital, London, 2007

Managing Renal Disease in Pregnancy, Medical Complications in pregnancy, Imperial College London And RCP London, RCP London, 2007

The Kidney in Rheumatic Disease, Royal College Physicians, London, London, 2007

Renal disease in UK ethnic communities, World Congress of Nephrology, Rio De Janeiro, 2007

Renal disease in UK migrant communities, Renal Disease in Developing Countries, Satellite symposium of World Congress of Nephrology, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2007

Lessons from Lolipop, St George's Hospital Renal Unit, St George's Hospital, London, 2007

Treating Lupus nephritis without oral steroids, Rituximab Workshop, St Olaf House, London, 2006

The West London Project (ABLE) project, ABLE Project update, NKRF, Salter's Hall, London, 2004

Renal Disease and Pregnancy, Manchester Renal Unit, Manchester Royal Infirmary, 2004

Chair, West London and Imperial Renal Research Forum, 2004

Renal Disease and Ethnicity, Half day meeting on prevention of CKD, Jermyn Str, London, 2004

Renal Disease in Ethnic Patients, Postgraduate Seminar Rooms, Charing Cross Hospital, 2004

How to Manage Renal Disease in Pregnancy, Advanced Medicine Conference, Royal College of Physicians, 2004

Prevention of Renal Failure in the Ethnic Minority Population, Royal College of Physicians, 2004

Symptoms, Signs and Tests in Renal Medicine, Kigezi International School of Medicine, Cambridge, 2004

Effects of Therapy of Autoimmune Disease on Fertility and Pregnancy, Royal Society of Medicine, 2004

Managing Renal Disease in Pregnancy, Imperial College/Hammersmith Hospital Short Course, 2003

The Management of a Pregnant Patient with pre Existing Chronic Renal Disease, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, 2003

Management of SLE, Northern Deanery SpR Training Day (Leeds), 2003

Delivering Culturally Sensitive Renal Services, Health Care Events, RCS, 2003

ABLE and Beyond, Hammersmith Hospital Kidney Patients' Association, 2003

Renal Disease in Pregnancy, Theory of Obstetric Medicine, RCP, 2003

Renal Disease in Ethnic Communities, Postgraduate Centre, Ealing Hospital, 2003

Renal Disease and Ethnic Communities, Postgraduate Centre, Mount Vernon Hospital, 2003

Renal Disease in Pregnancy, Renal Unit, University of Birmingham, 2003

The Ethnic Challenge: Preventing Kidney Disease, Renal Disease in Ethnic Communities - Disparity or Diversity? South West Thames Institute, 2003

Symptoms, signs and tests in Renal Disease, Kigezi International School of Medicine, Cambridge, 2003