Unlocking the Secrets of the Microbiome - The 2020 University of Arizona Arthritis Center Conference

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

2020 University of Arizona Arthritis Center Conference Agenda

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Stretch and Relax (optional)
Learn and practice flexibility techniques to expand your health, vitality and relaxation
Karma Kientzler
Founding Fitness Director, Canyon Ranch Health Resort

9:45 a.m.: Welcome and Introductions
C. Kent Kwoh, MD                                                                                                
Director, the University of Arizona Arthritis Center
Chief, Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology
Professor of Medicine and Medical Imaging, the UA College of Medicine – Tucson
The Charles A. L. and Suzanne M. Stephens Endowed Chair in Rheumatology

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Keynote Presentation
Unlocking the Secrets of the Human Microbiome

Donata Vercelli, MD
Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Associate Director, Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center
Director, Arizona Center for the Biology of Complex Diseases
Professor, BIO5 Institute

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Lunch Distribution and Expo Visitation

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Breakout Session I

A. Optimal Aging
The importance of mental health as we age
Amanda Sokan, PhD
Professor, Community, Environment and Policy; Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Associate Program Director, UA Health Sciences                                        

B. The Latest Advancements in the Treatment of Lupus
The detailed definition, latest research advancements and treatments
Ernest R. Vina, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

C. Fortify Your Wellness Fortress
Learn how to prepare for the health challenges of life so you can rebound to the fullest enjoyment of life
Mike Siemens, MS                                                                        
Corporate Director of Exercise Physiology, Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort

D. Know Your Medications ~ Understanding Benefits and Risks
Learn the short and long-term impact of over-the-counter and prescription medications for arthritis, pain and other conditions
Todd Vanderah, PhD
Head, Department of Pharmacology, UA College of Medicine - Tucson
Professor; Anesthesiology, Neurology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Physiological Sciences

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Breakout Session II

E. Feed Your Gut – An Inside Look at Nutrition and Inflammation
Learn how nutrition can impact inflammation; dietary strategies, lifestyle choices and our microbiome
Ann Skulas-Ray, PhD
Assistant Professor, UA Department of Nutritional Sciences

F. All About Osteoporosis and Osteopenia
An inside look at prevention, diagnosis, treatment and research
Marcia Woodburn, RN, MSN, CCRN, AGACNP
Fracture Liaison Service Program Director/Clinician, Banner – University Medicine

G. The Bacteria Battle: The Good, the Bad and the Copper
The science of novel, lifesaving research in the fight against dangerous infections
Michael Johnson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Immunobiology and the BIO5 Institute

H. Joint Health Jeopardy!
Learn how to maintain joint health and treat joint pain in a fun and interactive format
Michael Dohm, MD
Assistant Professor, UA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

3:00 p.m.: Closing and Raffle Prize Drawings

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