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Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference

 

 

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.


 
The conference will cover information about health and services that help improve daily life and promote strengthening the mind and body to manage arthritis. The Science of the Mind-Body Interaction: How Understanding the Brain-Immune Connection Can Help Maintain Wellness will be discussed by keynote speakerEsther Sternberg, MD, who recently joined the UA and is internationally recognized for her discoveries proving the role of the brain’s stress response in arthritis, autoimmune and other debilitating illnesses. She also will sign copies of her book, “Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being,” and DVD, “The Science of Healing.”

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:


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.