Oct. 14, 2017 9:00 am | Atlanta, Georgia

2017 Georgia Lupus Empowerment Summit

Saturday, October 14, 2017
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel
2450 Galleria Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

It's Time for Our Annual Summit!

Join the lupus community in Georgia as we come together for an amazing day of education, awareness and camaraderie. The morning sessions and lunch time program will be interpreted in Spanish and we will have Spanish breakout sessions in the afternoon.


Registration is Closed


Keynote Presentation

Groundbreaking Research: Stem Cells and Lupus
Gary Gilkeson, MD
MD Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, MUSC

Dr. Gilkeson was awarded a grant to conduct a clinical study looking at the use of adult human mesenchymal stem cells in severe cases of lupus where the patients haven’t responded to other therapies. He will explain how stem cells can become other types of cells and tissues and how this may be of use to lupus patients. 

Breakout Sessions

Lupus 101: Understanding Lupus ( w/ Spanish interpretation)
Gary Myerson, MD
Dr. Myerson will share the basics of lupus , including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options. Whether you are newly diagnosed or simply want to learn more about lupus, this is a great opportunity to expand you understanding of lupus.

Lupus and the Kidneys
Jason Cobb, MD
An estimated 1 in 3 people living with lupus will develop kidney issues that require medical attention and treatment. Learn more about the signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options as it relates to kidney involvement

Nutrition 101: Well- Balanced Meals
Cristina Cara, MBA,RD,LD
What’s on your plate? Learn about nutrition tips and healthy living in order to sustain energy and nourish cells in your body.

Managing Your Medical Bills and Debt
Berneta L. Haynes
Learn how to find answers to some of the most complex medical billing questions, including how to file insurance appeals, read your medical bills, and get payment assistance for your bills.

Workplace Accommodation
Attorney R. Patrick White, Board Chair, LFAGA Board of Directors
You have rights in the workplace, such as reasonable accommodation and more!

Lupus and SS Disability
Attorneys Winnie P. Pannell and Anjel Burgess, Burgess and Christensen
Can lupus patients qualify for disability? What is the process to obtain disability? When should I apply? This session will answer these questions and more!

Gentle Yoga
Beth Passehl
Experience how easy it is to participate in this gentle exercise that reduces stress, joint stiffness, and fatigue!

Vivir Bien Con Lupus
Susana Falagian,MD
Esta reunión incluye información sobre el lupus y cómo crear un estilo de vida saludable mientras viven con una enfermedad crónica. Únase a nosotros para esta sesión informative.

Advocacy Efforts on the State and National Level
Kim Schofield and Chris Reed
Want to learn how to get involved in advocacy and let your voice be heard? This session will answer these questions and more!

Lupus and Men
Chris Reed and Thomas Walters
As a man with lupus, the first thing you may discover is that many people are surprised when they learn you have the disease. A lot of misinformation exists about lupus—including the incorrect belief that lupus only occurs in women.

Lupus and Pregnancy
Presenter TBD
Learn how to have a healthy pregnancy while living with lupus.

Resources and Tools for Living Well with Lupus
Bené E. Williams, LMSW
Learn tips and how live well with lupus through coping techniques and SLE management.

Lupus and Your Smile
Dr. Brenda Paulen, D.M.D.
Some medications prescribed for lupus can increase the risk of dental disease. Dr. Abelman will discuss the link between lupus and dental problems and ways to pay more attention to oral health.

Putting Care Back in Caregiving
Ellen Sichel, CEO & President, Custom Calm
You may be saying, “My life is out of control, I can barely function at work anymore, I have nothing left to give, and I feel guilty. Ellen Sichel has been there as a caretaker of a sick child for years.


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