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Prof. Dr. med. Rieke H. E. Alten image

Department of rheumatology, clinical immunology and osteology

Prof. Dr. med. Rieke H. E. Alten
internal medicine, rheumatology and immunology, osteology, physical therapy and sports medicine

About the department

The department of rheumatology, clinical immunology and osteology at Academic Hospital Schlosspark Charlottenburg Berlin has been recognised as a certified osteological centre since 2011. The head physician of the department is a member of the Federal Institute for Drug Research, which means that patients in this department are treated only with evidence-based medicaments. On a departmentʼs basis, a rheumatism outpatient and day clinic was established, where patients get qualified medical help. The doctors in the spectrum of interdisciplinary cooperation offer seminars for patients where they teach and motivate them to deal with rheumatic diseases. 

The main focus of the department is diagnostic, differential diagnostic, and treatment of a wide range of systemic rheumatic diseases that affect small joints, spinal joints, bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles, skin and vessels. The patients of the rheumatology department can also take part in movement courses (dry and water gymnastics) provided by experienced physiotherapists to improve mobility and quality of life.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnostics:

  • laboratory testing of blood and urine
  • immunological testing (rheumatoid factor)
  • roentgenography of joints
  • ultrasonography of joints
  • computer tomography
  • MRI 
  • scintigraphy 
  • arthroscopy

Treatment of spondyloarthritis (group of spinal joints, tendons and ligaments inflammatory diseases):

  • ankylosing spondylitis/M. Bechterew
  • axial spondyloarthritis
  • undifferentiated spondyloarthritis
  • reactive arthritis (Reiter's syndrome)
  • psoriatic arthritis
  • enteropathic arthritis (arthritis associated with chronic inflammatory bowel diseases)

Treatment of rheumatic diseases of the connective tissue (collagen diseases):

  • systemic lupus erythematosus
  • dermatomyositis
  • myositis
  • scleroderma
  • vasculitis

Treatment of soft-tissue rheumatic diseases:

  • fibromyalgia
  • generalized tendomyopathy

Treatment of small-joints rheumatic diseases:

  • rheumatoid arthritis

Bone diseases treatment:

  • osteoporosis 
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Doctor profile

Education

  • Studied human medicine at the Free University of Berlin
  • Spent a research period at the Institute for Immunology at the University of Zurich
  • Completed her further training as a specialist in internal medicine and as a rheumatologist in Berlin and Zurich
  • Acquired additional qualifications in physical therapy and rehabilitation, osteology and sports medicine

Experience

  • Since 1990 she has headed the Department of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at the Schlosspark Clinic in Berlin
  • In 2017 she was appointed professor
  • The research focus of Prof. Dr. Alten lies in the development and systematic evaluation of new biological and immunomodulatory drugs, glucocorticoid chronotherapy, and the development and validation of PROs (Patient-Reported Outcomes)
  • Has been a Principal Investigator in more than 200 clinical trials of new drugs in rheumatological diseases, sometimes as a national or international lead investigator

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Has published more than 200 original articles, textbook chapters and reviews
  • A member of the OMERACT "Steering Committee of Flare" in the "Rheumatoid Arthritis" Group
  • A member of the Federal Institute for Drug Research of the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
  • A member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Kaiserin-Friedrich-Foundation for Medical Continuing Education and the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Society for Rheumatology
  • Vice President of the Berlin Medical Association in the past
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