‘Rheumatoid Arthritis Research and Advancements,’ Feb. 6

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

“Rheumatoid Arthritis Research and Advancements” will be discussed at a free presentation, open to the public, on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, Chase Bank Auditorium (Room 8403), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. Light refreshments are provided.

(Please note: There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour, cash only, in The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus visitor/patient parking garage. Free parking is available after 5 p.m. in the UA Zone 1 permit and metered parking lot No. 2030 just south of the parking garage at East Mabel Street and Martin Avenue.)

UA physician Sujata Sarkar, MD, assistant professor with the University of Arizona Arthritis Center and the Division of Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, will focus on the latest advances underlying the development of rheumatoid arthritis, including the role of genes and environment in increasing the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in some patients. Dr. Sarkar also will discuss newer diagnostic tools that assist in the diagnosis and management of joint inflammation. She also will review the current advances in treatment options and timelines.
 

Seating is limited and prior registration is requested. For more information or to register, contact the University of Arizona Arthritis Center email livinghealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu, or call 520-626-5040. Notification of cancellations also is requested.

About Dr. Sarkar

Sujata Sarkar, MD, is an assistant professor with the University of Arizona Arthritis Center and the Division of Rheumatology at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Department of Medicine.

Dr. Sarkar’s research is focused on understanding the development of rheumatoid arthritis and identifying ways to regulate the joint inflammation associated with this disease.

The most enjoyable part of her professional life is the relationships that she develops with her patients, most of whom have chronic illnesses. She considers herself fortunate that she is able to make a difference in lives of her patients. She also enjoys spending time with her family of five.

Dr. Sarkar has received numerous awards and recognition from the Arthritis Foundation, University of Michigan, American College of Rheumatology and Central Society for Clinical Research. She currently holds grants from the National Institutes of Health and Arthritis National Research Foundation. She is the author of several publications on the immunobiology of rheumatoid arthritis.

Prior to joining the UA Arthritis Center in 2007, she was on the faculty of the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she completed her training in rheumatology. She earned her medical degree from Calcutta University, West Bengal, India, then pursued a graduate degree in microbiology and immunology and also earned a master’s degree from Ohio State University in Columbus.

About the ‘Living Healthy with Arthritis’ lecture series

The lecture is part of the 2013 series of “Living Healthy with Arthritis” monthly talks presented by the University of Arizona Arthritis Center at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology.

Lectures are held the first Wednesday of each month, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, Chase Bank Auditorium (Room 8403), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. Upcoming lectures include:

•    March 6, “Is there an Auto Immune Diet?,” Randy Horwitz, MD, PhD, medical director and assistant professor, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

•    April 3, “Osteoarthritis Under the Microscope,” Eric P. Gall, MD, MACP, MACR, interim director and co-founder, University of Arizona Arthritis Center; professor of clinical medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; and professor emeritus and former chief of medicine, Chicago School of Medicine

•    May 1, “Keeping Joint Pain at Bay,” Jeffrey R. Lisse, MD, chief, Division of Rheumatology, and professor of clinical medicine, University of Arizona Arthritis Center