Nearly 100 people with lupus and their families gathered in the Harvey Morse Auditorium at Cedars Sinai Medical Center for a free patient education seminar on June 9th. The event, which was co-hosted by Lupus LA and Cedars Sinai Medical Center, was sponsored in part by an unrestricted educational grant from Genetech/Biogen Idec.
After a complimentary continental breakfast, Lupus LA Founder Daniel Wallace, MD, introduced the organization’s Chairman, Adam Selkowitz, and its new Executive Director, Linda David.
"I'm so excited to join this wonderful organization, which has raised much-needed funds for the Lupus Research Institute,” remarked David. ”This great turnout of doctors and patients lets us know that our programs for patient support and information are a successful reality. Lupus LA will continue to institute programs like this—and others—to serve people with lupus in the Los Angeles community.”
Maureen McMahon, MD, launched the presentation segment of the program with a talk on “Heart Disease and Preventive Measures.” McMahon has done groundbreaking work in this area with LRI-funded researcher Bevra Hahn, MD, and is herself the recipient of a joint LRI and American College of Rheumatology fellowship grant.
McMahon was followed by Swamy Venuturupalli MD, who spoke on “Alternative Treatments for Lupus: Do They Work?” Dr. Wallace continued with a talk on “New Therapies for Lupus and Clinical Trials.” The presentations, which were each followed by an opportunity for people in the audience to ask questions, ended with a discussion by Perry Nicassio, PhD, on “Coping with Lupus.”
After a buffet lunch, participants returned to the auditorium for a series of lively roundtable discussions on such subjects as “Pregnancy and Women’s Issues” (moderated by Gina Posalski, MD), ‘How to Manage Difficult Cases’ (moderated by Matt Mundwiler, MD), and “Ask the Doctor” (moderated by Melissa Schoenwetter, MD). Physicians, investigators from the Lupus Research Institute, representatives of Lupus LA, and patients took part in these dynamic discussions.
Linda David and Adam Selkowitz ended the day with a roundtable discussion on “How to Get Involved with Lupus LA,” and what patients can do to learn more about the Lupus Research Institute.
Note: Now is the time to Save the Date for next year’s Lupus LA Patient Conference—the Fourth Annual—which is scheduled for Saturday, June 28, 2008. As in years past, the conference will take place at at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
View Presentations from the 3rd Annual Lupus LA Patient Education Conference, The Latest on Lupus: Lupus Together for Treatments