Lupus: Advancements in Management, Treatment and Research Conference 2012

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2012
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Hilton Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport/Mall of America, Bloomington

Lupus:  Advancements in Treatment, Management and Research Conference will bring together leading experts aimed at sharing advancements and expanding your knowledge about the status of lupus management, treatment and research today.

Nationally recognized keynote speakers, physicians, clinical researchers and a wide array of interdisciplinary professionals will provide up-to-date information on research developments, treatments, innovations in management, and psychosocial approaches to lupus today through lecture formats, case presentations and seminars.

Conference goals are to:

  • Increase knowledge and improve performance that enhances the health of the lupus population
  • Promote discussion and dialogue on key clinical, treatment and healthcare issues
  • Increase and strengthen medical and research knowledge
  • Provide a multi-disciplinary dialog focused on improving coordination of care and communication between providers and patients                                                                                                                                      

Register Now via TicketbudWhether you are a medical or research professional, caregiver or individual who is impacted by lupus, this conference will provide you with a unique opportunity to convene and interact together in one venue in order to provide a comprehensive and collaborative educational opportunity focused entirely on the current state of lupus today.

This live activity has been approved for AMA PRA CATEGORY 1 CREDIT™. Determination of exact number of credits is pending.

OPENING KEYNOTE: Cardiovascular Disease in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
by Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, MD, DrPH
Solovy Arthritis Research Society Professor; Research Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago
LUNCH KEYNOTE: Advancements in Antiphospholipid Syndrome Research and Management
by Doruk Erkan, MD, MPH
Associate Physician-Scientist, The Barbara Volcker Center for Women & Rheumatic Diseases; Associate Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery; Associate Professor of Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University; Co-Director, HSS Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Care, New York City

8:00–8:45 a.m.
Exhibits (Open 8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.)
8:45 -9:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies and Keynote Introduction
9:00–10:00 a.m. Opening Keynote: Cardiovascular Disease in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Rosalind Ramsey Goldman, MD, DrPH
10:00–10:15 a.m. Morning Break and Networking
10:15–11:15 a.m. Break Out Sessions: Track 1: Medical
Adult/Pediatric Lupus Panel
Parastoo Fazeli, MD
Lydia Najera, MD
Track 2: Interdisciplinary
How the Collaborative Conversation™ brings Patient’s into View
Jan Schuerman, MBA  
Track 3: Patient/Family/Supporters
Integrative Health
Merra Young, LICSW, LMFT
Helen Healy, ND
Amanda Sue Watson, MA
11:15 a.m. Networking, followed by Plated Lunch (11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)
12:15–1:15 p.m. Lunch Keynote: Advancements in Antiphospholipid Syndrome Research and Management
Doruk Erkan, MD
1:20–2:20 p.m. Break Out Sessions: Track 1: Medical
Internal Medicine Panel
Amin Rahmatullah, MD, FACC      
Irfan Altafullah, MD
Track 2: Interdisciplinary
Lupus: Treatment Pearls
Jennifer Chen, PharmD
Megan Undeberg, PharmD
Track 3: Patient/Family/Supporters
Community Based Services
Brenda Frie, OTR/L, CHT
Pamela York, PhD, MPH, LN, RD
2:20-2:35 p.m. Afternoon Break and Networking
2:35-4:00 p.m. Multidisciplinary Panel Discussion: From Bench to Bedside
Doruk Erkan, MD
Patrick Gaffney, MD
Emily Gillespie, MD
Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, MD, DrPH
Moderator:  Timothy Niewold, MD
4:00 p.m. Closing Ceremonies


Irfan Altafullah, MD
Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology

Jennifer Chen, PharmD
College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota

Parastoo Fazeli, MD
University of Minnesota Lupus Clinic

Patrick Gaffney, MD
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Emily Gillespie, MD
University of Minnesota

Helen Healy, ND
Wellspring Naturopathic Clinic

Lydia Najera, MD
Amplatz Children’s Hospital

Timothy Niewold, MD
Mayo Clinic

Amin Rahmatullah, MD, FACC
Metropolitan Heart and Vascular Institute

Jan Schuerman
Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement

Megan Undeberg, PharmD
College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota

Amanda Sue Watson, MA
Watson Health and Wellness

Merra Young, LICSW, LMFT
Rivers’ Way Meditation


Physicians: This live activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of Minnesota and the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota. The University of Minnesota is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This live activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Determination of exact number of credits is pending.

Nurses: The University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Office of Practice, Partnerships and Professional Development, is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Other Healthcare Professionals: Other Healthcare Professionals who participate in this CME activity may submit their Statements of Attendance to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit. The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

Please note: CE credits only available to physician/researcher and interdisciplinary registrants.


Registration fees incude all functions outlined in the agenda above.

Day-of, onsite registration will also be avaialble.




Join the conference as a vendor or supporter, interacting with conference attendees. More information available in the downloadable documents below.




Hilton Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport /Mall of America
3800 American Boulevard East, Bloomington, MN 55425
Reservations:  800-HILTONS/952-854-2100 or Hilton conference block reservation site.

The discounted conference room rate applies to the following dates:  December 14, 15 16 and 17.


Contact the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota at 952-746-5151 or 800-645-1131 or [email protected].


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