Jun. 10, 2014

Ask the Experts Teleconference Series Summer/Fall Dates

Lupus: Ask the Experts is a series of live educational teleconferences and pre-recorded webcasts on a variety of topics designed to provide you with important information about living with lupus. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from some of the world's leading lupus experts from the comfort and privacy of your home! 

Live teleconferences last one hour, are free of charge by accessing a toll free phone number, and provide lifesaving information that you can utilize to better manage your lupus.

Pre-Registration is required.   All registered participants will receive call-in/log-in information one week before the event along with any support materials.


Lupus and the Skin

July 9, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Speaker: Dr. Frank Santoro, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Connecticut Health Center

Approximately two-thirds of people with lupus will develop some type of skin disease or cutaneous lupus. Learn about the forms of skin lupus, treatments for cutaneous lupus and other skin problems that can occur when you have lupus

Lupus on the skin can come in multiple forms with the most common findings of butterfly rashes, rashes from sunlight, and discoid lesions (scarring, disfiguring lesions). We will discuss the role of the immune, hormonal and environmental factors in the skin disease of lupus. We will review newer therapies and their efficacy in skin disease. Lastly, we will stress the importance of prevention through use of sunscreens, avoidance of the sun and clothing that blocks ultraviolet light.

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Lupus and Depression

August 7, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Speaker: Beatrice Lazaroff, Ph.D.

Reactions like anger, fear and depression are a normal part of having a chronic illness such as lupus. These emotions are signals from the body and mind that all is not well and that it is time to use your coping skills. When these emotions are dealt with appropriately, they can provide an opportunity to grow and gain new insights into your life.

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Lupus and Nutrition

September 18, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Speaker:  Cleveland Clinic

Good nutrition is an important part of an overall treatment plan for lupus. Learn how to create a nutritious, well-balanced, and varied diet that takes into account the profound effects of a network as complex as the immune system.

Lupus and Disability

October 18, 2014
10:00 am - 11:00 am EST
Speaker:  Lisa Gonzales-Goetz

This educational teleconference will help you navigate the often frustrating issues surrounding disability. You will learn what SSDI/SSI is, the qualifications, how to apply, what you need to know to be prepared and other related topics.


Lupus and Stress

November 13, 2014
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST
Speaker:  Cindy Coney

Physical and emotional stresses are among the suspected triggers for a lupus flare.  People with lupus should reduce stress to help them cope with lupus and improve their overall well-being.



Presentations from previous Ask the Experts webinars are available online. You may submit a question to the expert through the 15th of each topic month and answers will be posted the following month.

February - Working through the Marketplace: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Presenter:  Susan Gustafson

March - Cardiac Issues with Lupus
Presenter: Dr. Jim Oats

May - Preventive Cardiac Care with Lupus
Presenter: Monica Richey, NP

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