UA Arthritis Center’s 2015 Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 9:00am to 3:45pm

“The Healing Power of Sleep...Chief Nourisher of the Mind, Heart and Body” will be addressed by keynote speaker Sairam Parthasarathy, MD, at the University of Arizona Arthritis Center’s 2015 Living Healthy With Arthritis conference on Saturday, Jan. 24, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (check-in begins at 8 a.m.), at the University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. 

Dr. Parthasarathy is associate professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine of the Department of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; medical director of the Center for Sleep Disorders at the UAMC-University Campus; associate director of Sleep and Circadian Sciences at the Arizona Respiratory Center; and program director of the UA Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program. 

The 2015 Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference also will cover information about health and services that help improve daily life and promote strengthening the mind and body to manage arthritis. Breakout sessions with doctors and alternative therapy practitioners will encourage patient empowerment through management of arthritis. 

The lunch roundtable, “Arthritis Interrupted: The Latest Advances in Arthritis Research,” will feature C. Kent Kwoh, MD, director of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center; John Szivek, PhD, director of the UA Robert G. Volz, MD, Orthopaedic Research Laboratory; and Joyce Wu, PhD, UA assistant professor of immunobiology. 

Conference registration is $15 per person ($20 after Jan. 12) and includes lectures, breakout sessions, materials and lunch. (Members of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center Friends attend free; registration required.) The fee is non-refundable and not tax-deductible. Free parking is available in the UAMC–University Campus Visitor/Patient Parking Garage (downloadable map), just south of the hospital’s main entrance, and in nearby UA Zone 1 lots. 

Early reservations are advised; spaces are limited and fill quickly. To register, or for more information about the conference, please visit the University of Arizona Arthritis Center website, https://www.arthritis.arizona.edu (click on “Community Outreach” then “Annual Conference”). For questions about the reservation process, or questions concerning access or disability-related accommodations, please contact the University of Arizona Arthritis Center, 520-626-5040, or email livinghealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu 

The conference is presented by the University of Arizona Arthritis Center and supported by the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology, the University of Arizona Arthritis Center Friends and Genentech.

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Conference schedule:

8-9:45 a.m.                         Check-in (participants may check in at any time within this window)

9-9:30 a.m.                         Morning Stretch (optional) in Kiewit Auditorium, University of Arizona Cancer Center, with Christina Lopez, director of fitness, and Jennifer Spencer, assistant director of fitness, Canyon Ranch Health Resort

9:45 a.m.                             Welcome and Introductions, C. Kent Kwoh, MD, director, University of Arizona Arthritis Center; professor of medicine and medical imaging, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; the Charles A.L. and Suzanne M. Stephens Chair of Rheumatology; chief, Division of Rheumatology, UA Department of Medicine

10-11:30 a.m.                     Keynote Presentation, “The Healing Power of Sleep … Chief Nourisher of the Heart, Mind and Body,” Sairam Parthasarathy, MD

Noon-1 p.m.                       Lunch Roundtable, “Arthritis Interrupted: The Latest Advances in Arthritis Research”

C. Kent Kwoh, MD
John Szivek, PhD, director, Robert G. Volz, MD, Orthopaedic Research Laboratory; the William and Sylvia Rubin Chair of Orthopaedic Research; chair, UA Biomedical Engineering Graduate Interdisciplinary Program; professor of orthopaedic surgery, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Joyce Wu, PhD, assistant professor of immunobiology, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; adjunct faculty, University of Arizona Arthritis Center

1:15-2:15 p.m.                   Breakout Session I (choose one):

“Arthritis of the Arm and Hand”

Joseph E. Sheppard, MD, professor of orthopaedic surgery, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

“Know your Medications – Understanding Arthritis Medications, their Benefits and Risks”

Brian Erstad, PharmD, professor and head, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, UA College of Pharmacy

“Exercise for Life: Functional Fitness for All Ages”

Ronnie Grate, fitness specialist, Canyon Ranch Health Resort

“The Latest Advancements in Treatment of Scleroderma”

Rafael Grau, MD, associate professor of medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

2:30-3:30 p.m.                   Breakout Session II (choose one):

“Q and RA: Answers to Your Questions About Rheumatoid Arthritis”

Jeffrey R. Lisse, MD, professor of medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson, the Ethel McChesney Bilby Chair for Osteoporosis

“10 Surprising Tips for Managing Stress”

Ann Pardo, MA, director of life management, Canyon Ranch Health Resort

“Osteoarthritis: All Wear and Tear”

Eric P. Gall, MD, MACP, MACR, professor of medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

“Meditation for a Good Night’s Sleep”

David Bornstein, Canyon Ranch Health Resort

3:45 p.m.                             Closing and Raffle Prize Drawings