Education and Awareness
Lupus Education Symposium Road Show
We are excited to announce that Lupus and Allied Diseases Association is in the process of taking our Enhancing Lives by Empowering the Lupus Community Education Symposium and Luncheon on the road again in 2022 and 2023. We partnered with the Lupus Foundation New England in Boston, Massachusetts and the Lupus Society of Illinois in Chicago, Illinois in October to hold our events and the MI Lupus Foundation will be in Detroit, Michigan in April 2023.
The purpose of this initiative is to provide an educational program on Clinical Research Trials and Participation, Patient Empowerment, an Overview of Innovative Therapies, Treatment Access Challenges, and Tools for Survival when Dealing with Chronic Disease. A list of regional lupus clinical trial opportunities, patient empowerment and advocacy resource materials are available for distribution. We chose to hold our event in three areas in the United States where there is a need for greater knowledge of the topics being presented.
The program is open to people with lupus and other autoimmune conditions, their loved ones, care partners, medical students, patient advocacy leaders, and sponsors. The event and luncheon are FREE but all attendees must register to attend.
To learn more about the individual programs read the information below. To register for Detroit please visit our Education Symposium Road Show page.
We would like to recognize and thank our sponsors for their generous support.
Diamond Event Sponsor
Platinum Luncheon Sponsor
Biogen and UCB, Inc.
Gold Program Sponsor
The Boston Lupus Education Symposium was held on Sunday, October 2, 2022 at Simmons University, Linda K. Paresky Conference Center in Boston, MA with over 40 people with lupus, carepartners, sponsors, exhibitors and speakers attending.
The Chicago Lupus Education Symposium was held on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at Loyola University Chicago*
Centennial Forum - Rambler Room in Chicago, IL with over 50 people with lupus, carepartners, sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and volunteers attending.
*Neither the Lupus and Allied Diseases Association or the Lupus Society of Illinois is affiliated with Loyola University and this conference is not sponsored or co-sponsored by Loyola University.
Detroit Lupus Education Symposium
Saturday, April 15, 2023
10 am to 2 pm
Wayne State University
St. Andrews Hall
431 E. Congress St.
Detroit, MI 48226
Pictured above Boston Symposium attendees gather for a group photo. Pictured left are LADA speakers David Arntsen and Kathleen Arntsen and Kenneth Getz, Founder and Executive Director of CISCRP.
Pictured above Chicago Symposium attendees gather for a group photo. Pictured above right are LSI President Charles Brummell, presenter Robert Katz, MD, and LADA speakers David Arntsen and Kathleen Arntsen.
LADA Attends BIO Convention
LADA joined 65 other patient advocacy organizations at the 2022 BIO International Convention hosted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) June 13-16, 2022 in San Diego, California. Over 16,000 people from around the world attended the conference at the San Diego Convention Center. It was the 8th year in a row that LADA was invited to participate in the conference and have a display in the Patient Advocacy Pavilion. We are thrilled to partner with BIO to advance innovation in life sciences and sound health care policies and are honored to be a member of New York BIO and BIO NJ.
Pictured above left is LADA President Kathleen Arntsen, above center LADA Advocates Kathleen and David Arntsen, and above right Tiffany Westrich-Robertson from International Foundation for AiArthritis, Tyler Reagan from Neurocrine Biosciences, Kathleen Arntsen and Nicole Hemmenway from US Pain Foundation attending the BIO International Convention in San Diego.
LADA Attends NICA Meeting
LADA President & CEO Kathleen Arntsen and Board Secretary David Arntsen joined over 650 infusion community stakeholders at the National Infusion Center Association (NICA) conference at the Hyatt in New Orleans, LA June 17-18, 2022 to network and discuss research, access and treatment issues.
As patient stakeholders, we spent two days with infusion experts from across the country to address the most pressing challenges in the infusion industry and discuss how to preserve and advance this important healthcare delivery channel.
Hosted by the National Infusion Center Association (NICA), the nation’s non-profit advocacy voice for office-based infusion centers, this conference was a unique opportunity to network and learn from clinicians, practice managers, advocates and other professionals who play a role in the in-office infusion industry.
LADA President & CEO Kathleen Arntsen also participated as a panelist in the Integrating Clinical Trials Into Your Practice session on June 18th with fellow panelists: Lindsay Savickas from Infusion Associates, Christele Felix from LupusChat, and Moderator Maria Kontaridis, Ph.D, Executive Director of the Masonic Medical Research Institute.
Both Kathleen and David also participated in a Treatment Adherence Summit Roundtable discussion held on June 19, 2022 in conjunction with the NICA Meeting by providing their unique patient perspectives on challenges faced by the patient community in adhering to treatment regimens.
We encourage anyone who is infused to join NICA's #ShareYourChair campaign to promote awareness of the infusion process throughout their social media networks.
Celebrating Lupus Awareness Month and World Lupus Day
LADA promoted Lupus Awareness Month during May and celebrated May 10th as World Lupus Day (WLD) by sharing our daily DID You Know 31 Days of Lupus Awareness Facts on social media and participating in our Hats On For Lupus Awareness While You Brew Up Your Inner Warrior Tea /Beverage Party. Remember to follow LADA on twitter (@ladainc) and facebook (Lupus and Allied Diseases Association, Inc.) and tag us on your posts. To learn more about the #HatsOn4Lupus Awareness event click here.
In addition, LADA joined with the other members of the Lupus Agencies of New York State for the 14th Annual Lupus Awareness Month Recognition by the State Legislature. Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblymember Fred Thiele sponsored the joint legislative resolutions along with Senator Kevin Parker, Senator Diane Savino, Assemblyman John McDonald, and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes. The groups have been collaborating each May to increase public awareness of Lupus and to garner support for education and research programs and access to healthcare issues. The Lupus Agencies of NY State extend sincere appreciation to our Legislative Resolution Sponsors and their staff for making the annual event possible. We also thank our dedicated lupus advocates for helping to promote the event.
Here is the 2022 Joint Resolution below as a photo or in pdf. Click Here
May 10th is World Lupus Day
Lupus and Allied Diseases Association is honored to be a member of the World Lupus Federation (WLF) participating in the 19th annual observance of World Lupus Day (WLD) on May 10, 2022 along with 250 lupus groups in 75 countries on six continents.
A global health problem, lupus affects people of all nationalities, races, ethnicities, genders and ages. While lupus knows no boundaries, knowing all you can about lupus can help control its impact.
Lupus Awareness License Plates
Lupus Awareness License Plates were available to order until September 1, 2022 from the NYS DMV and monies raised from the purchase of the special plates will go to the lupus research and education fund. The lupus awareness plate project was initiated by New York Senator Kevin Parker and Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes through their sponsored legislation that was then passed by the state legislature and became law.
The goal of the awareness plates is to promote much-needed lupus awareness and education throughout the state, while monies received into the lupus research and education fund will be used to finance research to improve the quality of life for those living with lupus.
The awareness plate initiative is a result of the collective efforts of the Lupus Agencies of New York State which include: Lupus Alliance of Upstate New York, Lupus and Allied Diseases Association, Lupus Foundation of America and Lupus Research Alliance and the countless New Yorkers who advocated for this bill and other lupus legislation.
The Lupus Agencies of New York State have been coming to the New York State Capitol Building for 17 years to promote lupus awareness during the month of May in the Senate and Assembly chambers. The organizations extend gratitude to Senator Parker and Assemblymember Peoples-Stokes and the members of the Senate and Assembly for supporting and passing the legislation and Governor Cuomo for signing it into law.
The plates can be ordered through the DMV at (518) 402-4838 or through the following link
LADA Participates in 2021 ACR Annual Meeting
LADA sponsored the Lupus Exhibit at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Convergence Today Virtual Scientific Meeting on November 6 - 10, 2021 to provide awareness and promote unity in the lupus community. The booth was manned by lupus patient advocates and staff representing lupus organizations from across the country. The meeting was attended by nearly 20,000 members of the Global Rheumatology Community and gives us the opportunity to share educational materials and resources with physicians and other healthcare professionals about lupus and the various organizations. We appreciate the participation of the various organizations: Lupus and Allied Diseases Association, Lupus Chat, and Lupus Foundation of New England, and the efforts of our invaluable volunteers. We will continue to provide various opportunities for people with lupus to participate and make their voices heard in the healthcare, regulatory and public policy arenas and across the research continuum by supporting their attendance at key education, advocacy and scientific meetings.
2019 Lupus Education Symposium Road Show
Lupus and Allied Diseases Association's Enhancing Lives by Empowering the Lupus Community Education Symposium and Luncheons held in Hawaii, California and Colorado in 2019 were well attended by people with lupus and their loved ones. The purpose of the initiative was to provide an educational program on Clinical Research Trials and Participation, Patient Empowerment, an Overview of Biological Drugs, Infusions, Treatment Access Challenges, and Tools for Survival when Dealing with Chronic Disease. A list of regional lupus clinical trial opportunities, patient empowerment and advocacy resource materials and a list of current healthcare access efforts are available for distribution. The program was FREE but people were required to register to attend.
All 3 events and were a tremendous success based on the input we received from attendee evaluations. The first program was held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Ko’olau Ballrooms & Conference Center in Kaneohe, HI and was hosted by Sjögren's Lupus Foundation of Hawaii (SLFH), and Lupus and Allied Diseases Association (LADA). The second program was held on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at the San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, CA and was hosted by Looms for Lupus, Lupus and Allied Diseases Association (LADA), and More Than Lupus. The third was held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, CO and was hosted by Lupus and Allied Diseases Association and Lupus Foundation of Colorado.
Each symposium included an interactive word cloud representative of the attendees’ reactions to the education program.
Hawaii Word Cloud
Hawaii symposium attendees and speakers.
LADA volunteers Christine Von Raesfeld, Juana Mata, and Estela Mata with speakers Brian Nyquist, Kathleen Arntsen, David Arntsen and SLFH President Melaca Cannella.
San Francisco Symposium
San Francisco Word Cloud
Cristina Lanata, MD speaking on A Personalized Approach to Lupus Research at the San Francisco Symposium.
Symposium hosts Kelli Roseta and Christine Von Raesfeld from More than Lupus, Kathleen Arntsen from LADA, Estela Mata and Juana Mata from Looms for Lupus and David Arntsen from LADA.
Denver Word Cloud
Symposium speakers Brian Nyquist from NICA, Kathleen and David Arntsen from LADA and Dr. Susan Boackle from the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Denver Symposium.
We sincerely appreciate the generous support
of our Education Symposium Sponsors
HOPE IS ON THE HORIZON PROJECT SPONSOR
GOLD PROGRAM SPONSORS
Janssen / Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, Inc.
SILVER FRIEND SPONSOR
BRONZE EXHIBIT SPONSORS
Thank you to our volunteers and anyone
who promoted the event for us.