Living Healthy With Arthritis ~ Tucson Lecture Series


The Living Healthy With Arthritis community outreach and public education program focuses on healthy lifestyle education and patient empowerment while living with arthritis. The lecture series features a wide range of topics utilizing both community speakers and medical and health professionals from the University of Arizona.

Monthly lectures are free and open to the public. Prior registration is required. Lectures are held the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m., in the DuVal Auditorium (room 2600) at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., unless otherwise noted. The DuVal Auditorium is located on the hospital's main level, just right of the main lobby. For more information, please email or call (520) 626-5040.  These programs are supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology.

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Upcoming Lecture and Special Event!


Special Screening of 'The Connection: Mind Your Body'

A documentary featuring the world's leading experts in mind/body medicine, including the UA's Dr. Esther Sternberg, and remarkable true stories of recovery.

When: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Come early for optional book and DVD signing with Dr. Sternberg
5:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Screening and Roundtable
with Drs. Sternberg and Kwoh
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Optional book and DVD signing with Dr. Sternberg continued
8:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Where: DuVal Auditorium

Banner - University Medical Center Tucson
1501 N. Campbell Avenue, Room 2600
Tucson, Arizona 85724

Who: Esther M. Sternberg, MD

Research Director for the UA Center for Integrative Medicine
Professor of Medicine  ~ The UA College of Medicine
Board-Certified Rheumatologist
Member of the UA Arthritis Center Scientific Advisory Board
Director of the Institute on Place and Well Being,
The UA College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture  

C. Kent Kwoh, MD

Director of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center
The Charles A. L. and Suzanne M. Stephens Chair of Rheumatology
Chief, Division of Rheumatology
Professor of Medicine and Medical Imaging ~ The University of Arizona College of Medicine

About the Film featuring Dr. Sternberg:

The Connection is a film about how frontier research is proving that there is a direct connection between your mind and your health. The film features scientists, researchers, writers and doctors, as well as remarkable true stories of people adding mind-body medicine to their healing toolkit to recover from severe back pain, heart disease, infertility and cancer, among other diseases. The film shows that we can counter the harmful affects of stress with an equally powerful relaxation response triggered through specific techniques such as meditation. It shows that emotions can impact the course of an illness for better or for worse and could even be the difference between life and death. The film explains the mechanisms behind belief, which scientists now know contributes 30 to 50 percent of the effect of any known biological cure and explores how scientists at the cutting edge are now learning that the mind can even influence the expression of genes and the rate at which we age. This film offers answers and proves that you can change your mind, change your health and change your life.

About Dr. Sternberg:

Internationally-recognized for her discoveries proving the role of the brain’s stress response in arthritis, autoimmune and other debilitating illnesses, Dr. Sternberg is a major force in collaborative initiatives on mind, body, stress, wellness and environment inter-relationships.  Her discoveries of the role of the central nervous system and the brain’s stress response in susceptibility to arthritis and other diseases were among the first to provide a scientific basis for the importance of the mind-body connection in health and disease.  She 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 was also director of the Integrative Neural Immune Program and was co-chair of the National Institutes of Health Intramural Program on Research in Women’s Health.  Dr. Sternberg’s popular books 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.


About Dr. Kwoh:

An internationally-recognized authority on osteoarthritis and translational research, Dr. Kwoh was recently awarded a $6.1 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue the identification of treatments to slow the progression of osteoarthritis.  He has headed three other major projects funded by the National Institute of Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, including an $8.9 million Osteoarthritis Initiative contract, a $4.4 million Pivotal OAI MRI Analyses contract and the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center for Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases. He is the author or co-author of more than 150 scientific journal articles and book chapters.  He has served on the editorial board of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, and Arthritis Care and Research.  He is also an ad hoc reviewer for numerous additional professional journals, including Arthritis and Rheumatism, Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, Arthritis Research and Therapy, Arthritis Care and Research, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage and the Journal of Rheumatology.  Dr. Kwoh serves as Professor of Medicine and Medical Imaging in the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Director of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center and as The Charles A. L. and Suzanne M. Stephens Chair of Rheumatology.





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