Event Description
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune connective tissue disease affecting approximately 1 in 1,000 individuals in the United States. The prevalence is 9 times higher for women compared to men, and even higher among Black, Hispanic, and Asian women. Inflammation from SLE can cause damage to the organs in the body, including the skin, joints, blood cells, kidneys, heart, lungs, and brain. This chronic condition may greatly impact quality of life, with the potential to cause severe fatigue, pain, and disability. Given the complex nature of the disease, SLE patients often require medical follow up with multiple specialists, including rheumatology, nephrology, dermatology, cardiology, pulmonology, and neurology. There is no cure for lupus, but various immune-suppressing and immune-modulating drugs are used to control symptoms and minimize inflammation.
While rheumatologists have an armamentarium of treatments used to treat the disease, many of these medications come with side effects and are not always well-tolerated. Clinical trials are ongoing to try to discover new treatments for SLE and lupus nephritis that are better tolerated and effective. 
UC San Diego School of Medicine is committed to improving patient care in SLE. With the generosity of the Wolfe Family and the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology, we will be opening a new center for lupus excellence, the UC San Diego Lupus Center, in the fall of 2023. The mission of this center is to improve patient care and education, to collaborate with other disciplines in a multidisciplinary approach to SLE care, and to facilitate ongoing efforts for collaborative research and involvement in clinical trials. With this symposium, we plan to educate the public on multiple unmet needs in lupus care and research that will be addressed in the lupus center going forward. We will have lupus specialists in various disciplines offering their expertise to educate the attendees on the challenges faced in lupus care and research. These areas include reproductive health for SLE patients, management and identification of cutaneous lupus, cardiovascular risk in SLE patients, and diagnosis and management of lupus nephritis. No CME is offered for this activity.
Kenneth Kalunian, MD
Professor of Medicine
Rheumatology, Wolfe Family Director UC San Diego Lupus Center of Excellence

Chelsey Smith, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Rheumatology, Wolfe Family Associate Director UC San Diego Lupus Center of Excellence


Target Audience

Our target audience will include patients with SLE, members of the community who support SLE care and research, and sponsors from industry.




  • Present the goals and mission of the new UC San Diego Lupus Center.
  • Educate patients and the community on the salient aspects of lupus care, involving its effects on reproductive health, kidney function, skin disease, and cardiovascular risk.
  • Educate patients and the community on current and future treatments for SLE and lupus nephritis.
  • Describe efforts for future research and collaborations as a part of the Lupus Center.


Event Location

UC San Diego Health - Altman Clinical & Translational Research Institute

9452 Medical Center Drive

La Jolla, CA 92037


Please park in the Parking Structure next to the ACTRI.  Additional parking can be found at the Athena Parking Structure Lot P760. It is a 10
minute walk to the ACTRI.
You may park in any open visitor spot.
Pay by entering your license plate at the pay stations. Please take a photo or make a note of your license
plate number before leaving your car and starting the payment process. Or use the Parkmobile app.

Parking rates:

30 minutes to 3 hours: $5

Each additional hour: $2.20

Daily maximum: $16

Free with a disabled placard in designated visitor spaces

Parking includes in-and-out privileges


Course Agenda

October 14, 2023

7:30  am       Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30  am       Introduction and welcomeZea Borok, MDKenneth Kalunian, MD, Chelsey Smith, MD

8:40  am       Mission and goals of the UC San Diego Lupus Center, Kenneth Kalunian, MD, Bill Wolfe

8:50  am       Patient Perspectives

9:15  am       Cutaneous Lupus, Tara Paravar, MD

9:30  am       Lupus Nephritis, Bethany Karl, DO

9:55  am       Break and exhibits

10:10 am      Reproductive Health in SLE, Chelsey Smith, MD

10:35 am      Cardiovascular Disease in SLE, Maureen McMahon, MD

11:00 am      Microbiome in SLE, Rob Knight, PhD

11:25 am      Lunch and Exhibits

12:30 pm      SLE Treatments, Trials and Future Therapies, Kenneth Kalunian, MD

12:55 pm      Clinical and Collaborative Research in SLE, Maria Dall’Era, MD

1:20  pm       Genetic Studies in SLE, Wendy Cozen, DO, MPH

1:45  pm       Medication Registries in SLE , Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH

2:00  pm       Break and exhibits

2:15  pm       Patient Perspectives

2:35  pm       Open Q&A with Expert Panel

2:55  pm       Closing Remarks

3:00  pm       Reception 

4:00 pm        Final Adjournment


Registration is free to attend this course. Complimentary breakfast, lunch & snacks will be provided.

Please pre-register using the link below.