'The Healing Power of Sleep' to Highlight 2015 Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference

Nov 6, 2014

Led by University of Arizona sleep specialist Sairam Parthasarathy, MD, the 2015 Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference will delve into one of the most provocative subjects in medicine and society – Sleep.

Millions of Americans unwittingly shortchange themselves on sleep without knowing the compromising effects that can ensue.  We feel a bit tired after inadequate sleep, maybe even groggy.  We may need that extra boost of caffeine and then on with the many tasks of daily life.  Problem solved.  Problem not solved.

Research shows that failing to get enough sleep night after night can compromise your health and may even shorten your life.  From infancy to old age, the effects of inadequate sleep can profoundly affect memory, learning, creativity, productivity and emotional stability along with all aspects of physical health.

According to sleep specialists like Dr. Parthasarathy, a number of bodily functions are negatively affected by inadequate sleep: the heart, lungs, and kidneys; appetite, metabolism and weight control, immune function and disease resistance; sensitivity to pain; reaction time; mood; and brain function.  Sleep affects almost every tissue in our bodies.

Dr. Parthasarathy leads the team of sleep specialists at the University of Arizona and has helped develop the first and only training program for physicians in this specialty in the state of Arizona.  “We are the first sleep fellowship program in the state.  As a central focus, the UA now has a greater opportunity to educate the community and provide cutting-edge clinical care and research.  Educating the public, coupled with training future doctors in this specialty provides a winning combination.

Joining Dr. Parthasarathy at the 2015 LHWA Conference are the following presenters:

C. Kent Kwoh, MD
Director, the University of Arizona Arthritis Center
Chief, Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology
Professor of Medicine and Medical Imaging, the University of Arizona College of Medicine
The Charles A. L. and Suzanne M. Stephens Chair of Rheumatology

John Szivek, Ph.D
Director, the Robert G. Volz, MD, Orthopaedic Research Laboratory
The William and Sylvia Rubin Chair of Orthopaedic Research
Chair, Biomedical Engineering Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, the University of Arizona

Joyce Wu, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Immunology, the University of Arizona College of Medicine

Joseph E. Sheppard, MD
Professor of Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery
The University of Arizona College of Medicine

Eric P. Gall, MD, MACP, MACR
Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology
The University of Arizona College of Medicine

Ronnie Grate, M.S.
Fitness Specialist
Canyon Ranch Health Resort

Richard Bootzin, Ph.D
Director, University of Arizona Sleep Research Laboratory
Director, UAMC Behavioral Sleep Clinic
Professor, UA Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry

Jeffrey R. Lisse, MD
Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology
The University of Arizona College of Medicine
The Ethel McChesney Bilby Chair for Osteoporosis

Ann Pardo, MA
Director of Life Management
Canyon Ranch Health Resort

Rafael Grau, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology
The University of Arizona College of Medicine

David Bornstein
Meditation Practitioner
Canyon Ranch Health Resort


About Dr. Parthasarathy … 

As the Director of the UA’s Center for Sleep Disorders, Dr. Parthsarathy brings a fresh approach to an age-old dilemma.  His cutting edge research and determination to find answers is helping the UA develop one of the premier programs in the country. 

Currently the Chair of the Research Committee for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Dr. Parthasarathy is also the Program Director for the UA’s Sleep Fellowship program and an Associate Professor of Medicine in the UA’s College of Medicine.  He is also a member of the American Thoracic Society and the Sleep Research Society, a member of the Advisory Board of the Sleep Disorders Research division of the National Institutes of Health, the Chair of the Grant Review Committee for the American Sleep Medicine Foundation, the Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, and on the Advisory Panel of the UA Respiratory Disease Committee.  Additionally, he serves on the Steering Committee for ADVENT, on the Editorial Board for ACCP-SEEK Sleep Edition and is the Chair of DSMB, OSA and Bariatric Surgery committees of the National Institutes of Health. (will spell out all abbreviations).

He is Board Certified in Sleep Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine.  He currently holds grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.


Conference Details:

Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference

Date:  Saturday, January 24, 2015

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: The University of Arizona Medical Center ~ University Campus
  1501 N. Campbell Avenue

Cost:  $15 per person (includes continental breakfast and lunch); $20 after 1/12/15

Free to members of the Friends of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center.
For more information, please call (520) 626-5040 or email livinghealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu


Registration for the LHWA Conference opens 12/15/14