The University of Arizona Arthritis Center’s 11th Annual Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference, Jan. 26, 2013 Features Keynote Speaker Dr. Esther Sternberg

World-renowned for her discoveries in the science of mind-body interactions, Dr. Sternberg recently joined The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine as professor and director of research with joint appointments in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and UA College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture; she also joined The University of Arizona Arthritis Center. The conference addresses health and services that help improve daily life for those living with arthritis – and those who care for them.
Esther Sternberg, MD – internationally recognized for her discoveries proving the role of the brain’s stress response in arthritis, autoimmune and other debilitating illnesses – will be the keynote speaker at The University of Arizona Arthritis Center’s 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,” will take place Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. (Registration and check-in begin at 8 a.m.)
 
Dr. Sternberg recently joined The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) as professor and director of research with joint appointments in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and UA College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
 
She also joined The University of Arizona Arthritis Center and serves on its Scientific Advisory Committee. The University of Arizona Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, is a research leader focused on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved technologies for diagnosing, measuring and treating the disease.
 
Dr. Sternberg will discuss The Science of the Mind-Body Interaction: How Understanding the Brain-Immune Connection Can Help Maintain Wellness.
 
Registration is $15 per person (members of The University of Arizona Arthritis Center Friends attend free) and includes morning refreshments and lunch. Free parking is available in The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus Visitor/Patient Parking Garage and in nearby UA Zone 1 lots.
 
Early reservations are advised; spaces are limited and fill quickly. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2013. To register, please email livinghealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu or call The University of Arizona Arthritis Center, 520-626-5040. Registration forms and more information can be found on the website, www.arthritis.arizona.edu
 
About Dr. Sternberg
 
A board-certified rheumatologist, Esther Sternberg, MD, comes to the UA from the National Institute of Mental Health at the National Institutes of Health, where she was chief of the Section on Neuroendocrine Immunology and Behavior. She also was director of the Integrative Neural Immune Program, NIMH/NIH, and co-chair of the NIH Intramural Program on Research in Women’s Health.
 
Dr. Sternberg’s research at the UA focuses on three areas: establishment of a biomarker laboratory that began at the NIH, aimed at development of a new sweat patch technology to measure patients’ immune and stress responses; design and implementation of tools to compare mechanisms of action and effectiveness of integrative versus conventional medicine approaches, including non-invasive measures of psychological, physiological, endocrine, nervous and immune systems’ health status; and the establishment of the Institute for Place and Well-Being at the UA, a joint venture among AzCIM, the UA Colleges of Medicine and Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and the UA Institute of the Environment. The Institute for Place and Well-Being will explore and measure the effects of built space and the physical and green environment on human health, emotions and spirituality.
 
Her popular books, The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions and Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being, are informative and scientifically based and deal with the complexities and 21st century frontiers of stress, healing and wellness. Dr. Sternberg’s many honors include recognition by the National Library of Medicine as one of 300 women physicians who have changed the face of medicine. For more information, please visit www.esthersternberg.com
 
About the Building Blocks to Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference
 
Building Blocks for Living Healthy With Arthritis – A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Arthritis Care in the 21st Century will cover information about health and services that help improve daily life and promote strengthening the mind and body to manage arthritis.
 
A lunch roundtable, Aging and Arthritis, will feature Mindy Fain, MD, and Janko Nikolich-Zugich, MD, co-directors of The University of Arizona Center on Aging, and Rafael Grau, MD, UA professor of clinical medicine and member of The University of Arizona Arthritis Center.
 
Breakout sessions promoting patient empowerment through management of arthritis will feature doctors and alternative therapy practitioners, including: 
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.