27th Annual Maryland Lupus Summit


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Join Us and Feel Empowered to Take Charge of Your Health! 

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Registration:  8:30am - 9:00am
Summit:  9:00am - 3:30pm
John Hopkins University Turner Auditorium
720 Rutland Avenue Baltimore, MD

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Opening Plenary Session

Treatment Updates
Michelle Petri, MD, MPH 

A great deal is happening in lupus-related research. This presentation will update participants on recent research developments and their impact on those affected by lupus.  Dr. Petri will provide an overview of current lupus research and the prospects for the future of lupus treatments. Learn how to better manage your lupus and make knowledgeable decisions regarding your treatment plan.

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General Sessions

Warm-Up with Tai Chi
Eric Johnson

Learn some techniques from an ancient Chinese martial art that will get you relaxed and energized. Tai Chi is practiced for health and relaxation, and it will reduce stress and increase your sense of wellbeing. Tai Chi offers a simple, easy way to exercise the mind and body.

Lupus 101
Rachel Kaiser, M.D., MPH
Have you been recently diagnosed with lupus or know someone who has? Perhaps you wonder if you're at risk or want a refresher on the basics of lupus, its symptoms and treatments. Dr. Kaiser covers the basic questions-- who, what, how. The focus will be those things within the patient's control and what they can do to help themselves in the management of their disease. Resources for lupus patients and their families will be covered as well as barriers that some patients face in trying to access help.

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Lupus and Navigating the Disability Process
Tai Venuti, MPH, APR

Learn everything you need to know about applying for disability. Do you qualify, when should you apply, how long does it take? Get your questions answered on this complex issue including what the application process entails and how to overcome common challenges.

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Lupus and Men
Howard Hauptman, M.D.

Lupus is often portrayed as a woman's disease, but it is important to realize that ten percent of lupus patients are males and there is information and support available to help male patients better manage lupus. This breakout session will address concerns and research related to enhancing the health of male lupus patients.

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Memory Problems in SLE: A Common but Treatable Problem
Donald Thomas Jr., MD, FACP, FACR, CCD

Many people with lupus describe confusion, fatigue, forgetfulness, distractibility and difficulty expressing their thoughts- what is referred as cognitive impairment. Learn more about how lupus can impact your brain, or cognitive functioning, and what treatment options are available.

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Lupus and the Skin
Lynn McKinley-Grant, M.D., F.A.A.D.

Approximately two-thirds of people with lupus will develop some type of skin involvement.  Learn about the forms of skin lupus, treatments for cutaneous lupus and other skin problems that can occur when you have lupus. This session will address preventative measures and treatments of skin disease in lupus with a focus on the relationship between ultraviolet light and the immune response of lupus.

Lupus and Your Eyes
Jonathan Solomon, M.D.

Many people living with lupus are concerned about eye damage caused from plaquenil toxicity.  Recent data reveals an increase of retinal toxicity among lupus patients being treated with high doses of plaquenil.  Dr. Solomon, Board Certified Ophthalmologist, will explain the benefits and possible side effects of how plaquenil can impact your eyes.  Participants will also be informed about new guidelines for eye screenings that benefit people with lupus.

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Designing a Lifestyle to Live Well with Lupus 
Lorena Lues Wellness Group Trainer and Certified Holistic Health Coach

 Maintaining a diet and exercise routine is difficult for anyone, especially while managing lupus symptoms.  Lorena will provide helpful ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle while managing your illness. Come learn ways to develop good habits and live a healthy lifestyle while living with lupus.

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Afternoon Warm-up Yoga
Lorena Lues Wellness Group Trainer and Certified Holistic Health Coach
Engaging in physical activity can help reduce joint stiffness, fatigue and stress while improving overall quality of life. But, it is common for people with lupus to often feel tired, achy, and unable to participate in exercise. As a mental health counselor, Lorena integrates her love of yoga into her sessions with clients and has witnessed positive changes as a result of adding yoga and meditation to their daily routines. In her session she will encourage attendees to embrace their individuality and let go of toxic baggage in order to access their full potential.

Closing Plenary Session

Lupus and the Heart
Vikram Raya, M.D.

Lupus patients are at increased risk of experiencing cardiovascular complications at an earlier age than the general population. This session will address the importance of cardiovascular screening and what you need to know to live a heart-healthy lifestyle and reduce your risk of cardiovascular complications such as heart attacks and strokes in systemic lupus.

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