The Future of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Diagnosis and Treatment: A Discussion with the Experts (RP2205A)

May 7, 2022

The General Attendee Zoom links for the live broadcast will be available on the Whova Conference Agenda the day of the event.

Registration will close at 7:30 AM on May 7. Learners who enroll after 5pm on May 6 will gain access to the Whova site by 8:15 AM on May 7.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is a complex autoimmune disease that is difficult to diagnose and challenging to treat. It can involve multiple organ systems, leading to significant reduction in both the quality of life and overall lifespan of affected individuals. Despite published criteria designed for research studies, it remains difficult to recognize patients in practice, especially early in the course of disease. The management of patients is hampered by the lack of modern treatment guidelines and only a few therapies specifically developed for lupus. This symposium, designed for physicians and researchers, will bring SLE experts together to explain, via didactic lecture and case studies, current information on the cause of this mystifying illness, identify the best way to identify patients in practice, and describe the current and future therapies for lupus patients.


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Target Audience


  • Rheumatology
  • Nephrology
  • Dermatology
  • Immunology
  • Internal Medicine

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the current knowledge of the pathophysiology of lupus. 
  • Identify appropriate criteria and studies to accurately diagnose lupus. 
  • Select the most appropriate therapy options for lupus patients, taking into consideration differing organ-specific manifestations of the condition, such as lupus nephritis. 
  • Identify opportunities to advance research in lupus. 
  • Describe optimal treatment protocols for lupus nephritis.

Additional Information

PDF icon CME Front Matter_RP2205A.pdf1.18 MB
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 8.00 AMA
  • 8.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/07/2022 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
05/07/2022 - 5:30pm CDT

The Future of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Diagnosis and Treatment: A Discussion with the Experts (RP2205A)

Event Schedule

Sat, May 07, 2022

All times listed in CDT (Dallas, TX)


7:45 AM - 8:00 AM          Activity log in

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM          Introduction

  • Chairs
  • David Karp, M.D., Ph.D.
    Chief, Division of Rheumatic Diseases
    UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Kathryn Dao, M.D.
    Associate Professor - Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
    UT Southwestern Medical Center

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM          Socioeconomic Determinants in Lupus

  • Socioeconomic Determinants of Health Affecting Lupus Outcomes
    Ashira D. Blazer, M.D., MSCI, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Strategies to Improve Equity in Lupus Care & Outcomes
    Candace H. Feldman, M.D., MPH, Sc.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Session Moderator
    Lesley Davila, M.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM       Steroids and Lupus

  • Steroid Use in SLE: A Necessary Evil?
    Michelle Petri M.D., MPH
  • Lupus Nephritis and Steroids
    Liz Lightstone, MBBS
  • Moderator
    Kathryn Dao, M.D.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM     Break, Visit Exhibitors

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM     Reproductive Issues in Lupus

  • Reproductive Issues in Lupus: Contraception and Fertility Preservation
    Lisa R. Sammartiano, M.D.
  • SLE: Updates on Pregnancy Risks and Management
    Eliza Chakravarty, M.D.
  • Moderator
    Bonnie Bermas, M.D.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM     Patient Reported Outcomes/Patient Outcomes

  • Using Patient Reported Outcomes in Clinical Care
    Megan E. B. Clowse, M.D.
  • Selecting PROs for use in lupus
    Patti Katz, Ph.D.
  • Moderator
    Puneet Bajaj, M.D.

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM        Lunch, Visit Exhibitors

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM           Pathogenesis of Lupus

  • Lupus Susceptibility - Nature vs Nurture, Genetics vs Environment
    Chandra Mohan, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Lupus Pathogenesis
    Virginia Pascual, M.D.
  • Moderator
    David Karp, M.D., Ph.D.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM           Epidemiological Factors and Pre-clinical Lupus

  • Epidemiology of Lupus and the Concept of Pre-Clinical Lupus
    Karen H. Costenbader, M.D., MPH
  • Association of Environmental Factors with SLE Disease Onset
    Judith A. James, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Moderator
    David Karp, M.D., Ph.D.

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM           Break, Visit Exhibitors

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM           Trials and Outcome Measures

  • Why Do Trials in Lupus Fail?
    Joan T. Merrill, M.D.
  • Outcome Assessment in SLE: Clinical Trials and Clinical Practice
    Kenneth Kalunian, M.D.
  • Moderator
    Blair Solow, M.D.

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM           Novel Targets and Interventions (Bench to Bedside)

  • Novel Therapeutic Targets and Interventions
    Richard Furie, M.D.
  • Beyond the Horizon: New Strategies for SLE Therapies
    Alfred Kim, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Moderator
    Andres Quiceno, M.D.

5:15 PM - 5:30 PM           Closing remarks, summary of future needs

Virtual Course
Dallas, TX
United States

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 8.00 AMA
  • 8.00 Attendance


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