The "Living Healthy With Arthritis"conference, themed "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. The conference includes a lunch roundtable, "Aging and Arthritis," and breakout sessions promoting patient empowerment through management of arthritis, featuring doctors and alternative therapy practitioners. Presented by The UA Arthritis Center and supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology.
The keynote speaker, Esther Sternberg, is internationally recognized for her discoveries proving the role of the brain's stress response in arthritis, autoimmune and other debilitating illnesses. She will discuss "The Science of the Mind-Body Interaction: How Understanding the Brain-Immune Connection Can Help Maintain Wellness."
Sternberg recently joined the UA 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 UA Arthritis Center and serves on its Scientific Advisory Committee. The UA Arthritis Center is a research leader focused on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved technologies for diagnosing, measuring and treating the disease. A board-certified rheumatologist, Sternberg 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.
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.