Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
The 9th Annual Eva M. Holtby Arthritis Conversations and Lunch, presented by the University of Arizona Arthritis Center Friends (www.arthritis.arizona.edu/index.php/the-center/aac-friends.html) and open to the public, will be held Thursday, Feb 23, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm St., Tucson.
Peter Simkin, MD, emeritus professor of medicine with the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Washington in Seattle, will discuss “Synovial Joints: The Best of All Bearings.”
Dr. Simkin has been with the University of Washington for 46 years and was long-term director of its major teaching clinic. He has had a career-long focus on the clinical physiology of gout and other forms of arthritis. His studies of the blood supply to joints, cartilage and the adjacent bone have contributed to understanding how joints usually work so well and so long, while also examining how and why they may fail in patients with arthritis.
The cost to attend the luncheon is $35 for University of Arizona Arthritis Center Friends members, $45 for non-members. Reservations are requested by Monday, Feb. 20. For more information or to register, please call 520-626-7901.
The luncheon and presentation are made possible through the generosity of the Eva M. Holtby Endowed Lectureship and is held in honor of Eva, who passed away in 2003, and her husband Philip, who passed away in 2011. Eva Holtby established the University of Arizona Arthritis Center Friends group in 1997 to build community support for the University of Arizona Arthritis Center, a center of excellence at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Education, public awareness and community involvement have been the core of the Friends since its inception.
Today, the University of Arizona Arthritis Center is a research leader with a focus on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved technologies for diagnosing, measuring and treating the disease. The center strives to improve the lives of the millions afflicted with one of the many forms of arthritis and to change the way patients are treated globally. The center conducts clinical and basic research and educates care providers and scientists in the development of more effective therapies with the hope of reversing the disease process. Other important work includes building better tools for joint replacement and cartilage regeneration and creating greater knowledge to understand the mind-body connection in chronic diseases.
The University of Arizona Arthritis Center Friends support the center’s mission to help create a world free of arthritis and autoimmune diseases. Friends’ members are invited to participate in on-going programs and special events created to increase awareness and promote optimal health for arthritis sufferers. Annual Friends’ membership dues are $45 for an individual and $75 for a family.