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‘Imagine a Future Free of the Pain of Arthritis…Meet the UA Arthritis Center Researchers,’ Nov. 1

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

“Imagine a Future Free of the Pain of Arthritis…Meet the UA Arthritis Center Researchers,” will be presented Wednesday, Nov. 1, 6-7:15 p.m., at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, Kiewit Auditorium, 1515 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.

This unique event features a look into the future of care, prevention and ultimately a cure for this debilitating disease. A 45-minute panel discussion with question-and-answer session will follow the researcher open house and poster displays.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate  nearly 55 million Americans have some form of arthritis, including almost half of those over age 65. Arthritis affects more women than men and can affect children as young as 6 months old. It is the leading cause of disability in the United States.

The University of Arizona Arthritis Center is Arizona's only multi-disciplinary Center of Excellence dedicated to research and education into the causes, treatments and eventually a cure for arthritis.  The center conducts basic, translational and epidemiological research to understand why patients get arthritis, the risk factors for who gets arthritis and analyzes the outcomes to understand how arthritis impacts the patient’s quality of life.

Featured UA Arthritis Center researchers at the event will include:

  • C. Kent Kwoh, MD, director, UA Arthritis Center; The Charles A.L. and Suzanne M. Stephens Endowed Chair in Rheumatology; chief, Division of Rheumatology; professor of medicine and medical imaging, UA College of Medicine – Tucson
  • Wei-Hsuan Jenny Lo-Ciganic, PhD, assistant professor, UA College of Pharmacy
  • David Margolis, MD, research assistant professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UA College of Medicine – Tucson
  • Dominick Sudano, MD, assistant professor, Department of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson
  • Ernest Vina, MD, MS, assistant professor, Department of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson
  • Joyce Wu, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Immunobiology, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Research topics will include:

  • The Latest Developments in Cartilage Regeneration
  • Sources of Osteoarthritis Pain and Preventive Measures
  • The Influence of Sleep on Arthritis Pain
  • Common Pain Relievers and Risk of Falls
  • Risk of Valley fever in Rheumatic Disease Populations
  • The Role of the Microbiome (gut bacteria) in Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Widespread Pain and Knee Replacement Outcomes

Seating for the lecture is limited to the first 200 participants who register and prior registration is requested. A waiting list of registrants in excess of 200 will be maintained. For more information or to register, please visit the UA Arthritis Center website, www.arthritis.arizona.edu, or call 520-626-5040 or email livinghealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu

Parking is available in the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson visitor/patient parking garage just south of the hospital’s main entrance; please bring your parking ticket to the lecture to be validated for free parking.

If you have questions concerning access, wish to request an American Sign Language interpreter or disability-related accommodations, please contact Tracy Shake, 520-626-5040, email: livinghealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu

The lecture is part of the “Living Healthy with Arthritis” series of free monthly talks presented by the UA Arthritis Center at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology. The spring 2018 lecture series will begin in March.

About the University of Arizona Arthritis Center

The University of Arizona Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, is a research leader with a focus on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved diagnosis, measurement and treatment of the disease. For more information, please visit arthritis.arizona.edu

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: uahs.arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn)

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