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Program and Schedule

Below is the 2021 schedule of virtual workshops. Even though the conference was virtual, the subject matter was typical of what the annual conference offers. Check this page in the future for programming information about the 2022 conference, July 15-17 in Bellevue, Washington. 

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12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT
Research Poster Hall: Live Chat with Research Investigators (Poster Hall Open All Day)

1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT
2021 Virtual Conference Welcome/Opening Comments

2:15 - 3:15 PM EDT
A: MAIN STAGE: The Lung in Scleroderma - Dr. Kristin Highland
B: Localized Scleroderma - Dr. Christina Lam & Dr. Michael York

3:15 - 4:15 PM EDT
Exhibits: Unopposed Times (Exhibit Hall Open All Day)

4:15 - 5:15 PM EDT
A: Newly Diagnosed: Scleroderma 101 - Dr. Flavia V. Castelino
B: Dental Care in Scleroderma - Dr. David Leader & Dr. Luis Del Castillo
C: Predicting Progression in Scleroderma - Dr. Laura Hummers

5:15 - 5:30 PM EDT
Yoga Break - Racheal Lando

5:30 - 6:30 PM EDT
A: Scleroderma Test - Dr. Rick Silver & MUSC Team
B: African Americans and Scleroderma - Dr. DeAnna Baker Frost
C: Mental Health in Scleroderma - Ron Sasso M.S., L.P.C.

6:45 - 7:30 PM EDT
A: ROUND TABLE Live Discussion - Black Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)
B: ROUND TABLE Live Discussion - Care Partners: An Open Discussion for Caregivers - Paul Kidwell
C: ROUND TABLE Live Discussion - Living with Scleroderma as a Young Adult
D: ROUND TABLE Live Discussion - Scleroderma in Men
E: ROUND TABLE Live Discussion - Exercise as Medicine in Systemic Sclerosis - Dr. Lesley Ann Saketkoo

7:45 - 8:30 PM EDT
Recognition Awards Cocktail Hour - David Murad

8:30 - 9:30 PM EDT
Boehringer Ingelheim Industry Sponsored Event
Title: Systemic Sclerosis-Associated Lung Disease: A Patient’s Journey, A Physician’s Perspective
Speaker: Dr. Volkmann & Patient Advocate (TBA)

SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2021

12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT
A: COVID-19 Update - Dr. Robert Spiera & Dr. Jessica K. Gordon
B: Wound Care in Scleroderma - Dr. Tracy Frech
C: Medications in Scleroderma - Dr. Jessica Farrell
D: Lung Transplantation in Scleroderma - Dr. Maria M. Crespo

1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT
A: How to Cook Easy Healthy Meals - Chef Katie Simmons
B: Overlapping Complications - Dr. Virginia Steen
C: Cannabis/Naturopathic Care, What to Know and Ask - JoAnna Harper Pharm.D.

2:00 - 2:15 PM EDT
Yoga for Scleroderma: Relax and Breathe Easy Break - Pierce/Harrison

2:15 - 3:15 PM EDT
A: Scleroderma Interprofessional Education: A Patient-Centric, Collaborative Approach - Steffens Scleroderma Foundation
B: GI Involvement and Nutrition in Systemic Sclerosis: Myths and Facts - Dr. Elizabeth Volkmann
C: How is Research Done in Scleroderma - Dr. John Varga & Dr. Dinesh Khanna

3:15 - 4:15 PM EDT
Exhibits: Unopposed Times (Exhibit Hall Open All Day)

4:15 - 5:15 PM EDT
MAIN STAGE: Toward A Better Understanding and More Effective Treatments for Scleroderma. A Journey from the Laboratory to the Bedside
Speaker: Michael L. Whitfield, Ph.D.

*Schedule subject to change

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