Imagine a Future Free of the Pain of Arthritis... Meet the UA Arthritis Center Researchers

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 6:00pm

An exclusive opportunity to visit one-on-one with UA Arthritis Center faculty, physicians and scientists to learn about cutting-edge research being conducted at the UA Arthritis Center.  

Learn about:
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
and more!

A panel discussion with question and answer will follow the researcher open house and poster displays

The Centers for Disease Control estimate that nearly 55 million Americans have some form of arthritis.  Almost half of those over age 65 has some form of arthritis.  Arthritis affects more women than men and can affect children as young as six months of age. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States.  

The University of Arizona Arthritis Center in Arizona's only multi-disciplinary Center of Excellence dedicated to research and education into the causes, treatments and eventually a cure for arthritis.  We conduct basic, translational research to understand why you get arthritis.  We conduct epidemiological research to understand the risk factors for who gets arthritis and we conduct outcomes research to understand how arthritis impacts your quality of life.

We invite you to join us for this unique event featuring a look into the future of arthritis care, prevention, care and ultimately a cure for this debilitating disease. 

Featured UA Arthritis Center Researchers:

C. Kent Kwoh, MD
Director, the University of Arizona Arthritis Center
The Charles A.L. and Suzanne M. Stephens Endowed Chair in Rheumatology
Chief, Division of Rheumatology
Professor of Medicine and Medical Imaging
Dr. Kwoh’s major research interests are in outcome assessment and the examination of risk factors for the development and progression of a broad spectrum of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. His current work focuses on the identification of biomarkers – most notably MRI imaging biomarkers for the development and/or progression of knee osteoarthritis and the characterization of knee pain patterns in osteoarthritis. His clinical interests include knee, hip and hand osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory back pain (spondyloarthritis) and lupus. 

Wei-Hsuan Jenny Lo-Ciganic, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy
Dr. Lo-Ciganic is a pharmacoepidemiologist with interests in medication adherence to essential chronic medications, drug safety, cancer prevention, quality and value of prescribing, and diffusion of new drugs for chronic disease management. 

David Margolis, MD
Research Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Margolis' research is is focused on developing cartilage and bone regenerative techniques with tissue engineering approaches using synthetic scaffolds and adult stem cells extracted from fat tissue. Additionally, he performs research in upper extremity (hand) arthritis and specializes in treating conditions of the upper extremity. 

Dominick Sudano, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dr. Sudano’s major research interest is the diagnosis and management of coccidioidomycosis (valley fever) in patients with rheumatic disease treated with disease modifying antirheumatic drugs, corticosteroids and biologic response modifiers. 

Ernest Vina, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dr. Vina’s research interests include racial disparities in systemic lupus erythematosus, treatment preferences, and racial disparities in osteoarthritis, quality of care and health services.

Joyce Wu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Immunology
Dr. Wu’s current research includes dysregulation of immunity and inflammation, immunotherapy and immune intervention and microbial pathogenesis and commensalism. These research areas are dedicated to the understanding of how commensal bacteria influence the inflammatory and immune response mediated by autoimmune disease. The research goal is to focus on exploring the link between gut microbiota, mucosal immunity and autoimmune arthritis. 

Tickets for the Event:
Prior registration is required, however it is not necessary to bring a printed ticket to the lecture.  This event is free.

Seating Limited:  
This event is limited to the first 200 participants to register.  In excess of 200, we will maintain a waiting list.

Event Location: 

Banner - University Medical Center Tucson (please enter at BUMC main lobby to be directed to tghe Kiewit Auditorium
UA Cancer Center, Kiewit Auditorium
1515 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85724