About the Event

Thanks to the support of our sponsors Lupus LA proudly presents our 2023 Global Symposium.

We are bringing the foremost lupus experts from around the world together in one information-packed event, where patients from all over the world can gain access to timely information about new treatments and the latest research straight from the top minds focused on tackling the disease.

Lupus LA’s Global Symposium, “The Future of Lupus” will take place virtually on Saturday, March 18th, 2023, from 8:00am to 12:00pm PST. Event Co-Chairs Rheumatologist, Daniel J. Wallace, MD lupus researcher Caroline Jefferies, PhD and Rheumatologist Mariko Ishimori, MD will moderate dynamic panel discussions with experts on topics ranging from New Lupus Treatments, The Gut, Immune and Brain Axis, and Lupus and Pain Management.

With a focus on the patient’s experience, attendees will also have the opportunity to visit multiple virtual booths to engage with other organizations to learn about their contributions to the fight against lupus.

Lupus LA is proud to offer this opportunity to engage with top lupus physicians at no cost to our guests.

Live Spanish translation will be available.

March 18, 2023 08:00


March 18, 2023 08:05


Daniel Wallace, MD, FACP
Associate Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Sara S. McCoy, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology University of Wisconsin - MadisonThe Management of Sjogren’s: Exciting Therapeutics in the Pipeline
Anca Askanese, MD
Founder & Clinical Director, Columbia University - Lupus Center, Director of Rheumatology Clinical TrialsLupus Clinical Trials
March 18, 2023 08:55


March 18, 2023 09:10


Brennan Spiegel, MD
Director of Health Services Research, Cedars-Sinai Director of the Cedars-Sinai Master's Degree Program in Health Delivery Science
March 18, 2023 09:30


Caroline Jefferies, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine and Department of Biomedical Sciences - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Gregg J. Silverman, MD
Professor of Medicine and Pathology & Bobst Professor of Internal Medicine NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Arpana Gupta, PhD
Associate Professor & Co-Director, UCLA Microbiome Center
Roxana Coras, MD
Rheumatologist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Renuka Nayak, MD, PhD
Physician-Scientist & Rheumatologist, University of California, San Francisco
March 18, 2023 10:15


March 18, 2023 10:30


Mariko Ishimori, MD
Program Director, Rheumatology Fellowship, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Cynthia Aranow, MD
Professor of Medicine and of Molecular Medicine, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Hofstra School of Medicine in New York Vagus Nerve Stimulation in Lupus
Stuart L. Silverman MD, FACP, FACR
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Cedars Sinai and UCLACannabinoids for Lupus

Post-Covid Allergies

Sherwin R. Hariri, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI
Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, Clinical Instructor, UCLA Department of Medicine

Small Dietary Changes for Huge Health Benefits

Tanya Freirich
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Retinal Toxicity Associated with Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine) Use

David Lazar, MD
Vitreoretinal Surgeon, Lazar Retina

Skills to Reduce Stress-Induced Inflammation

Monica Ellis-Blied, PhD, MACL, BSP
California Licensed Psychologist, Adjunct Professor of Psychology - Pepperdine University

Biologics: As an Add-On Form of Lupus treatment

Tatiana Spiegler, MSN, RN, PHN
Patient Engagement Liaison representing GSK
Frequently Asked Questions
Our online platform provides a virtual experience for you to explore. From the lobby, head through the doors to watch webinars in the auditorium or visit the exhibition hall to learn more about Lupus LA, browse relevant material, and visit with our Symposium partners.
You will be able to explore many of the great products we have to offer:
  • Watch live or on-demand webinars
  • Live chat or email us and our partners
  • View videos
  • Download literature
Anyone from anywhere can participate in this online event! No matter what your connection to lupus is, the 2023 Global Symposium will have something for you. It’s going to take all of us to win the fight against lupus, so whether you are living with lupus yourself, a caregiver for someone with lupus, a physician caring for those with lupus, or passionate about the fight against lupus for any other reason, we wholeheartedly welcome your participation in the Symposium.
No! Thanks to the generous support of our corporate partners we are proud to offer the Lupus LA 2023 Global Symposium completely free of charge. We’re excited that the 2023 Symposium will bring together a global lupus audience in one digital space this May to provide information and resources for those affected by lupus.
Yes. Similar to a ‘cart’, you will be able to add documents to your ‘Swag Bag’ and then email them to yourself.
A Swag Bag is a virtual briefcase where you can save documents from the booths you visit. You can access files in your Swag Bag and email them to yourself should you wish.
Yes. The webinars will be available via the auditorium for 30 days after the event.
You should expect all of the best elements of an in-person conference, but from the comfort and safety of your own home. We have worked incredibly hard to put together a digital event that captures everything our community has to offer. That means timely, informative content delivered by world-renowned lupus experts, and opportunities to connect with and have impactful conversations with colleagues and peers. All of this, and much more, will take place in an easy-to-navigate online platform that will make you feel like you are actually at an in-person conference.
If you can navigate this webpage, you’ll be able to navigate the Symposium platform. It’s very intuitive and even if this will be your first digital conference, once you see the space, you’ll pick it up quickly and access everything easily. If you do find that you need help, we will have someone available to answer technical questions during the Symposium — but we are confident you will be able to have a successful and informative experience.
The only thing you need to participate in the 2023 Symposium is an internet connection and a device with a web browser — phone, tablet, or computer. The Symposium platform is responsive and will work on any device, but for the best experience, we do recommend participating via tablet or computer. If your device has a camera, you will have the option to participate in video chats with our partners in the Exhibit Hall, but it’s not required.
You don’t need to do anything right now, but we would absolutely love it if you would help us spread the word about the 2023 Symposium! If you are involved with a lupus support group or have friends, family members, or colleagues who you think might be interested in the Symposium and learning more about lupus, let them know about it by sharing on your social media channels or through other communications. With no charge to participate, and no cap on attendees, it’s truly a “the more, the merrier” situation. Prior to the Symposium on March 18th, we’ll be sharing exciting announcements about the agenda and speakers, as well as more information to make sure you are fully prepared for the event. If you have any questions at all about the Symposium, please email Susan Bazarsky.
Every dollar donated to Lupus LA is important and impactful and allows us to do the work we’re doing. We not only raise funds to support novel research and local fellowships but these funds also enable us to offer valuable patient services and educational programs, like this symposium, to our community at no cost. All of this is possible because of our generous partners, Board of Directors and donors like you.
Patient support:
  • Support groups: Lupus LA offers a virtual support group every Tuesday night and one Saturday a month. Included in these groups are a bi-lingual and family support group and a young adult support group.
  • Emergency grant program: Lupus LA provides grants for lupus patients in the greater Los Angeles area up to $500 per calendar year to cover costs for everything from eclectic bills, medical co-pays, etc.
  • Podcast: The ‘Your Story Our Fight podcast” provides a platform for a variety of lupus patients to share their unique lupus journeys with a global audience. With a focus on inspiration and hope, Lupus LA’s podcast provides support and optimism to our patient community looking for assurance that they are not alone.
Patient Educations/Advocacy:
  • Webinars/Conferences: Lupus LA keeps patients informed by having three annual “Latest on Lupus” patient webinars (conferences) each year. Our annual patient webinars feature the best and the brightest speakers in the field of lupus research and care.
  • Facebook Chat series: Lupus LA brings leading experts in the fields of physical and mental health, insurance, fitness and more speak directly to our community about their areas of expertise and answer live questions.
Research and Fellowship programs:
  • Research: Lupus LA’s mission continues to be finding the causes of and cure for lupus and we donate significant research dollars to our partners at the Lupus Research Alliance so that we can have the greatest impact as a community.
  • Fellowship Program: Lupus LA supports future rheumatologists through our fellowship program. The nation is experiencing a serious shortage of rheumatologists, particularly pediatric rheumatologists. Today, there are approximately 300,000 children diagnosed with rheumatic conditions in the United States, but only about 250 practicing pediatric rheumatologists to meet this tremendous need. Lupus LA is currently funding a fellow through Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). In the past we have supported additional fellows at CHLA and Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
Please visit our website www.lupusla.org or reach out to our Executive Director, Susan Bazarsky, at sbazarsky@lupusla.org to discuss getting involved. Please join our community by following us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and help spread awareness. @lupusla #LupusLA #YourStoryOurFight
There is no deadline to register. However, we encourage you to register early so that you receive all of the information we will be sending out prior to the Symposium!