Arthritis Information Fair and Arizona Arthritis Center Friends’ Membership Drive, Sept. 14

Free event includes presentations and question and answer sessions with UA rheumatologists and researchers
The Arizona Arthritis Center Friends will hold their annual Arthritis Information Fair and Membership Drive on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to noon, at Atria Bell Court Gardens, 6653 E. Carondelet Dr., Tucson. The event is free and open to the public. 
The event will feature a presentation by Eric P. Gall, MD, MACP, MACR, founding and interim director of the Arizona Arthritis Center; question and answer sessions with University of Arizona rheumatologists and researchers; a presentation about membership in the Friends of the Arthritis Center; and printed materials.
The Arizona Arthritis Center (AAC), a Center of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine, strives to improve the lives of the millions of people who are afflicted with one of the many forms of arthritis. The AAC conducts clinical and basic research and educates health-care providers and scientists about the development of more effective therapies. The goal of the research is to change the way patients worldwide are treated. The knowledge gained from this research will develop and test more effective therapies with the hope of reversing the disease process. Currently, there are more than 20 research studies being conducted at the AAC.
The Arizona Arthritis Center Friends support the ACC’s mission to help create a world free of arthritis and autoimmune diseases through education, public awareness and community involvement. Friends’ members are invited to participate in on-going programs and special events created to increase awareness and promote optimal health for arthritis sufferers. Events are held throughout the year and include the upcoming Meet the Researchers Luncheon, Thursday, Nov. 3, at Skyline Country Club and the Eva M. Holtby Arthritis Conversationsand Lunch, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at the Arizona Inn.
For more information about the Arthritis Information Fair and Membership Drive or the Arizona Arthritis Center Friends, please call (520) 626-7901.
The Arizona Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine, is a research leader with a focus on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved technologies for diagnosing, measuring and treating the disease. For more information, visit the website