Record Number to Attend 11th Annual Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference, `Building Blocks for Living Healthy With Arthritis – A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Arthritis Care in the 21st Century’

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
A record number of participants – 350, the maximum who could be accommodated – are registered for the University of Arizona Arthritis Center’s 11th Annual Living Healthy With Arthritisconference. “Building Blocks for Living Healthy With Arthritis – A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Arthritis Care in the 21st Century,” on Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.
 
Of the 350 people attending the conference, a record 200 will take part in the Early Bird Stretch exercise from 9 to 9:30 a.m. in DuVal Auditorium.
 
The conference will cover information about health and services that help improve daily life and promote strengthening the mind and body to manage arthritis. The Science of the Mind-Body Interaction: How Understanding the Brain-Immune Connection Can Help Maintain Wellness will be discussed by keynote speaker Esther Sternberg, MD, who recently joined the UA and is internationally recognized for her discoveries proving the role of the brain’s stress response in arthritis, autoimmune and other debilitating illnesses. She also will sign copies of her book, “Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being,” and DVD, “The Science of Healing.”

 Breakout sessions promoting patient empowerment through management of arthritis will feature doctors and alternative therapy practitioners.

Following is the conference schedule: 

8 a.m.                                     Registration Opens
 
9 a.m.                                     Registration Continues
Early Bird Stretch (optional, in DuVal), Laura Brown, master Yoga Instructor, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and Christina Lopez, director of fitness, Canyon Ranch Health Resort
 
9:45 a.m.                                 Welcome and introductions, Eric P. Gall, MD, MACP, MACR, interim director and co-founder of the 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; Thom Melendez, MEd, director of development, University of Arizona Arthritis Center
 
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.               Keynote Presentation, The Mind-Body Interaction: How Understanding the Brain-Immune Connection Can Help Maintain Wellness, Esther Sternberg, MD, director of research, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM); professor of medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; board-certified rheumatologist; member, University of Arizona Arthritis Center Advisory Board; director, Institute on Place and Well-Being, UA College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
 
11:30 a.m. – noon                   Dr. Sternberg will sign copies of her book, “Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being,” and DVD, “The Science of Healing.”
 
noon – 1 p.m.                          Lunch Roundtable, Aging and Arthritis, University of Arizona Center on Aging Co-Director Mindy Fain, MD, professor of clinical medicine and chief of the Section of Geriatrics and Gerontology, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; University of Arizona Center on Aging Associate Director Jane Mohler, NP-C, MPH, PhD, co-director, Arizona Geriatric Education Center, professor, UA Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; Rafael Grau, MD, UA professor of clinical medicine and fellowship director, Division of Rheumatology, UA College of Medicine – Tucson
 
1:15 – 2:30 p.m.                     Breakout I, choice of:
 
·       Oh, My Aching Feet … The Science of Disease Treatment of the Foot, David Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, director, Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA); professor of surgery, UA College of Medicine – Tucson
 
·       Advances in the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Jeffrey Lisse, MD, chief, Division of Adult Rheumatology; UA professor of clinical medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; Ethel McChesney Bilby Endowed Chair
 
·       Matters of the Heart … Cardiovascular Issues and Arthritis, Lorraine Mackstaller, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson/University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center; The Bertram Z. and Hazel S. Brodie and Edwin J. Brach Foundation Endowed Lectureship for Heart Disease in Women
 
·       The Anti-Inflammatory Diet, Lisa Powell, MS, RD, director of nutrition, Canyon Ranch Health Resort
 
2:45 – 4 p.m.                           Breakout II, choice of:
 
·       A Physical Therapy Perspective … Advances in Osteoarthritis Treatment & Prevention, Randy Raugh, PT, DPT, exercise specialist, American College of Sports Medicine; physical therapist, Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital Outpatient Orthopedic Clinic
 
·       The Secret Language of Emotions, Alexcis Reynolds, MS, CH, owner and therapist, A Transformative Touch Wellness Center
 
·       The Latest News on Total Hip and Knee Replacement, John Ruth, MD, chief, orthopedic surgery, and professor of clinical medicine, and Peg Chilvers, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine, UA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UA College of Medicine – Tucson
 
4 p.m.                                     Adjournment and raffle prize drawing
 
The conference is presented by the University of Arizona Arthritis Center and supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology.