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.
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. 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.
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:
- David Armstrong, DPM, PhD, UA professor of surgery and director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA)
- Peg Chilvers, MD, assistant professor, UA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
- Jeffrey Lisse, MD, UA professor of medicine and director of the Osteoporosis Program at The University of Arizona Arthritis Center
- Lorraine Mackstaller, MD, UA clinical associate professor of medicine and member of The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center
- Lisa Powell, MS, RD, director of nutrition, Canyon Ranch Health Resort
- Randy Raugh, MPT, C-Ped, PhD, certified clinical exercise specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine and physical therapist with the Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital Outpatient Orthopedic Clinic and the Emergency Department
- Alexcis Reynolds, MS, owner, A Transformative Touch Wellness Center
- John Ruth, MD, professor and head, UA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery