Workshops & Webinars

Workshops and webinars feature a variety of speakers on topics that affect the chronic disease community and offer the opportunity for live discussion. While workshops provide an in-person experience, webinars are held online and are conveniently accessible from any computer. Check our Calendar for future workshops and webinars.

Previously Recorded Webinars

Below are links to recordings of previous webinars held and offered by the Lupus Foundation of  Minnesota:

Interconnections: Stress, Pain, and Health
(August 12, 2015)
This webinar focused on individuals living with lupus and the management of their pain and stress. During this presentation, occupational therapist Brenda Frie, MA, OTR/L discussed the benefits and negative consequences of stress and pain, their impact on health and well-being, and offered strategies that may provide relief.

Lupus Updates on Research Aimed to Improve Treatments in African-Americans
(May 14, 2015)
In this webinar, 2015 LFM research grant recipient Dr. Emily Gillespie talked about her study of the relationship between lupus and women, particularly African-American women. Several gene expression patterns, or biomarkers, appear to be unique to African-American patients. Dr. Gillespie explained why the discovery of these patterns highlights the need for further biomarker-driven research efforts focused on this patient group. The clues provided could one day make lupus easier to diagnose, disease activity easier to manage, and flare occurrences predictable, as well as help physicians recommend proper medication for all lupus patients.

Lupus Fatigue: Fact or Fiction
(January 21, 2015)
This introductory webinar focused on the concept of fatigue management through the exploration of the physiological base underlying the symptom of fatigue in lupus. During the presentation, occupational therapist Brenda Frie, MA, OTR/L described the impact of lupus on fatigue levels, identified treatable causes of secondary fatigue, and analyzed the evidence supporting fatigue management strategies.

Updates in Lupus Webinar
(January 23, 2014)
Dr. Timothy Niewold, Associate Professor, Mayo Clinic, Division of Rheumatology and Department of Immunology, presented the latest updates in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and related research. Dr. Niewold, who is also the Chair of the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies of Excellence, explored why genes are causing lupus, suggested complex inheritance of interferon, ancestral associations with SLE and their impact on incidence and severity and answered additional questions.

Interferon in Systemic Lupus: Friend or Foe?
(April 30, 2013)
The cause of SLE is unknown, but recent research has identified genes and infection-fighting chemicals (interferons) that are associated with the disease. In this webinar, Dr. Erik Peterson discusses how University of Minnesota researchers have linked interferon to lupus, speculates on how lupus risk genes might control the levels and function of interferon, reviews the status of efforts to produce new treatments that target interferon, and describes a new study (supported in part with a 2013 research grant from the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota) that looks at how PTPN22, one lupus risk gene, affects interferon-producing capacity of lupus patients. See Dr. Peterson’s “SLE-PTPN22 Lupus Study Recruiting Participants” video introduction to the current study for additional information.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Webinar
(March 19, 2013)
Hosted by the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota, this webinar features Dr. Steven Ytterberg, Rheumatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, as he discusses Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Learn about the differences in signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments. Whether you have arthritis, lupus, or both, or work with those who confront arthritis and/or lupus everyday, this webinar contains valuable information for you.

Lupus and the Heart
(June 26, 2012)
This informative webinar discussion with Dr. Robert S. Schwartz, Clinical Cardiologist focused on cardiovascular disease with special emphasis on complications for the heart when someone is diagnosed with lupus. The presentation (68 minutes) was a collaborative venture of the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Minneapolis Heart Institute.

Lupus and Arthritis:  Similarities and Differences
(May 9, 2012)
Conducted in collaboration with The Arthritis Foundation – Upper Midwest Region, in this 75 minute presentation, Dr. Steven Ytterberg, Rheumatology; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, discusses the similarities and the differences in signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments of arthritis and lupus. Whether you have arthritis, are a lupus patient living with or are concerned about arthritis, or work with patients who confront arthritis and/or lupus everyday, we invite you to watch this webinar. Dr. Ytterberg will take you through a presentation that is straightforward and packed with valuable information.

Ethics in Working with Chronic Disease Webinar
(October 29, 2010)
As one in three Americans is diagnosed with a chronic disease, being mindful of cultural and ethnic diversity, while balancing ethical responsibilities with the ongoing psychosocial and medical issues offers unique challenges to those in the helping professions. This webinar covers: definitions of self-determination and autonomy, care planning and decision-making, unique challenges in the chronic care community, cultural and diversity issues, working effectively and ethically within family systems and techniques for ethical decision-making.
Conducted by: Carla Sutter, MSW, LISW, Fairview Care Management and Coordination.

Insurance Options for Pre-Existing Conditions Webinar
(September 22, 2010)
A webinar discussion of the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as it relates to individuals with private insurance and a pre-existing condition.
Conducted by:  Tina Armstrong, Director of Consumer Education and Outreach, Minnesota Department of Commerce.

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