Continuing the Learning:

"The Heart of Lupus"
2013 Mini-Conference

We would like to thank all the attendees and speakers for making LFNC's 2013 Spring Mini-Conference on cardiovascular issues and lupus a success on Wednesday, May 15. It was a great learning experience for all of our attendees.
Dr. Laura Tarter, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of the Lupus Clinic at Stanford, headlined our conference. She earned her BA from Harvard College and medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency, Chief Medical Residency, and Rheumatology Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. She has authored a number of journal articles and her research interests include cardiovascular disease in SLE, biomarkers in autoimmune disease, and novel therapies. She recently received the Distinguished Fellow Award from the American College of Rheumatology. Dr. Tarter’s presentation discussed cardiovascular issues relating to lupus and what patients can do for prevention and treatment. LFNC's Founder and former Executive Director, Jo Dewhirst, lent a personal perspective to lupus related cardiovascular health. View Dr. Tarter's presentation here.

Atty. Liz Podgurzki of Angelina Valle & Associates briefed participants on the process for applying for disability as it relates to lupus. The new Lupus Initiative was discussed by LFNC Executive Director Rene Astudillo, while a panel of lupus patients and family members shared their stories and experiences in being advocates for lupus research, education and patient services.  To learn more about The Lupus Initiative, please visit View the presentation from the Lupus Inititative.


The Lupus Foundation of Northern California wishes to thank the folloqing sponsors for their support in hosting this conference.