Oct. 27, 2018 9:00 am |

18th Annual NC Lupus Summit

Save the Date!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Hilton Durham Near Duke University Hotel 
3800 Hillsborough Rd
Durham, NC 27705

Patients, caregivers, and the medical community are invited to join us for a day devoted to those affected by lupus.  The Annual NC Lupus Summit is the largest educational conference on lupus in the state and provides a variety of discussions led by physicians and other experts dedicated to solving the cruel mystery of lupus. 

TICKETS: $25/person (includes lunch, summit materials, and goody bag)
(Scholarship registrations available by calling LFANC Office.)


9:00am - 9:45am         Check-in and Exhibit Browsing
10:00am - 11:00am     Opening Session: Keynote Address
11:15am - 12:00pm     Morning Session Workshops
12:15pm - 1:45pm       Lunch Session
2:00pm - 2:45pm         Afternoon Session Workshops
3:00pm - 3:30pm         Closing Session

Session Topics


Keynote: Sara Gorman, Author, Blogger, Designer, and Lupus Thriver

Sara Gorman was diagnosed with systemic lupus at the age of 26. Determined not to let lupus rewrite her plans for the future, she fought to maintain her demanding work schedule, busy social life, and invincible attitude. But after four years of running her body into the ground, she realized she was fighting life, not living it. Committed to working with the disease rather than against it, she made it her top priority to start living well, despite lupus. Her book, Despite Lupus: How to Live Well with a Chronic Illness, details the steps it took to reach that goal. Letting go of her career, postponing plans for pregnancy, and cutting off her hair (or what she had left) are just a few of the monumental steps she took to reach her goal of living well, despite lupus.

A native of Indiana and graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Sara resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, two young daughters and beloved Tibetan Terrier. She continues to blog about living well with a chronic illness at www.despitelupus.com. In the spring of 2012, Sara launched Sara Gorman’s Pillbags – a line of fun, fashionable pill organizers. The stylish pillbags can be found in retail stores across the country, on Amazon.com, and on her website at www.pillfold.com.


Morning Sessions:

Lupus 101
Jen Rogers, MD, Duke Lupus Clinic
This session is designed for both the newly diagnosed patient and anyone needing a refresher in the basics.   Learn about current, medically accurate information on lupus, its symptoms, treatments and coping techniques.

Lupus & the Kidneys
Mary Anne Dooley, MD, WakeMed Rheumatology 

How to Start: Lupus & Exercise
Daniela Serna, Healing in Motion


Afternoon Sessions:

Lupus & the Immune System
 Rebecca Sadun, MD, Duke Pediatric Rheumatology
Learn about the different parts of the immune system that can be affected in lupus and about how lupus medications work to suppress the immune system in order to control the disease.  From B cells to T cells and everything in between, this will be an "Immunology 101" session.  No background in biology required

Support Group Experience 
Tammy Scott & Patricia Morton, New Hanover County Lupus Support Group Facilitators


More session info to come....





Overnight Accommodations

Hilton Durham Near Duke University Hotel
3800 Hillsborough Rd
Durham, NC 27705

Disclaimer: The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter is proud to be a source of information about lupus. Our comments are based on professional advice, published experience and expert opinion, but do not represent individual therapeutic recommendation or prescription. For specific information and advice, please consult your physician. The responsibility for control of content and selection of presenters and moderators is not influenced by sponsors of this event.

The 18th Annual NC Lupus Summit is proudly sponsored by:


Registration is required by Oct. 19, 2018.


Hilton Durham Near Duke University Hotel
3800 Hillsborough Rd
Durham, NC 27705

Cost: $25