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Oregon Support Groups

Support Groups provide a forum to share feelings, concerns, information, and as well as a place to offer peer support and encouragement. Solicitations or research projects are not conducted at support group meetings.

Support groups often feature speakers specializing in scleroderma or related topics. To find out information about upcoming speakers or meeting topics, please check our website or contact the support group leader or chapter office.

This schedule is subject to change. Before attending a group for the first time, please call to verify date and time. Groups are free of charge and open to everyone.

Portland Support Group

Portland-based support group meetings, for Oregon and SW Washington, in 2015 are scheduled for January, April, May, September, October and November.

Meetings scheduled for 10am on the second Saturday of the months indicated at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital Wistar Morris Room on 1st floor, 1015 NW 22nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon

Contact: Donna Stone, Support Group Leader
Phone: 360-887-2360
Email: DonnaPeterStone@yahoo.com


14th Annual Cheri Woo Education Seminar

March 14, 2015


We are pleased to announce the details for our 14th Annual Cheri Woo Education Seminar!  Please mark this great educational event on your calendars!  

This event is free, but a suggested donation of $10 is greatly appreciated to help offset the costs.

Date:  March 14, 2015

Time:  10am - 3pm

Location: University of Portland, Mago Recital Hall
5000 N Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203

Keynote Speaker Francesco Boin, M.D., Director of the Scleroderma Center at the University ofCalifornia San Francisco

Dr. Francesco Boin, Associate Professor of Medicine and Dermatology, Director of the Scleroderma Center at the University of California San Francisco, is a physician-scientist with long time experience in scleroderma and its complications.

Dr. Boin received his M.D. degree from the University of Padova Medical School in Italy. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota) and a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical and experimental rheumatology at Johns Hopkins University. He has been Director of the Translational Research program at the Johns Hopkins Scleroderma Center for a decade before recently joining UCSF. He has been the principal investigator in many studies that apply basic research technology directly to study patients’ clinical disease.

Dr. Boin’s research focuses on the cellular biology of immune cells and the mechanisms of autoimmunity inscleroderma. His goal is to identify reliable laboratory tools that can help investigate the causes of scleroderma, effectively measure disease activity, monitor treatments and help predict clinical outcomes in sclerodermapatients.

More information about the event and the other guest speakers will be announced soon! 

*** Please email ORchapter@scleroderma.org to RSVP! ***