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Women’s Wellness Day, Free to the Public on Saturday, April 13


March 28, 2013  |  

On Saturday, April 13 from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., UC San Diego Health System is hosting an interactive conference in La Jolla, focused on women’s health.  The event is free and open to the public. Fifteen leading experts will host insightful talks on subjects, including stress reduction, gene therapy for heart repair, cancer prevention, successfully reducing menopause symptoms, and achieving longevity through diet and fitness.

Keynote speaker Tahir Bhatti, MD, associate clinical professor in UC San Diego School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, will share practical strategies on how to minimize stress in everyday life.

“Stress reduction is a powerful factor in reducing heart disease, accelerating the immune response and maintaining overall wellness.  We will look at how inter-connected the human mind is to our body systems and how these systems in turn respond to the quality of the relationships we have with friends, spouses, families and co-workers,” said Bhatti. “Listeners will get practical advice on how to reduce stress based on a woman’s physiology and how wellness can be achieved through activities as simple as human touch and conversation.”

Cheryl Saenz 

Cheryl Saenz, MD, and colleagues invite you to Women's Wellness Day on April 13.

Physicians and scientists from the UC San Diego School of Medicine will offer engaging 30-minute lectures derived from the forefront of science, medicine and surgery. The conference will take place in the new state-of the-art Medical Education and Telemedicine Building on UC San Diego’s La Jolla campus, where attendees will connect directly with the speakers with opportunities for questions and answers.

“Obtaining accurate information is one of the best ways a woman can take control of her health,” said Cheryl Saenz, MD, robotic surgeon at UC San Diego Health System. “At this conference, listeners will receive easy-to-understand scientific information direct from the researchers and clinicians who are developing new treatments and therapies for conditions that may affect all women at some point in their lives.”

Lecture topics include: technological advances to repair the heart, hereditary components of ovarian cancer, stroke prevention strategies and treatments, managing menopause symptoms, staying young through physical fitness, mindful eating, new techniques to manage breast cancer, incontinence and prolapse repair, screening for gynecologic cancers, osteoporosis prevention and care, breast enhancements and body contouring.

Conference attendees may customize their day by selecting their desired lecture topics and opting for activities, such as heart health screenings or complimentary chair massages.

Both breakfast and lunch will be served and include a fresh juice bar, salad bar, and gluten-free diet options. Cooking demonstrations will be performed by Lauray MacElhern of the Center for Integrative Medicine at UC San Diego Health System. Participants can take home collectible color recipe cards for carrot bisque and Asian cole slaw.

Guided tours of the Center of the Future of Surgery will be provided by Santiago Horgan, MD, chief of minimally invasive surgery at UC San Diego Health System, a surgical innovator who has developed scarless surgical techniques specifically for women.

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