As always, registration is free and open to all!

May 3 - 4, 2024

8:00am - 4:00pm PDT

About the Event

The 6th Annual Global Spondyloarthritis (SpA) Summit, hosted by the Spondylitis Association of America (SAA), will be held virtually on May 3-4, 2024. Under the theme “Sharing Knowledge, Building Community,” this year’s two-day summit features presentations from experts in the spondyloarthritis community. For the first time, the event will also include breakout sessions—virtual meetings where attendees can share experiences, discuss issues, and learn from one another.

The program includes:

  • Mainstage educational presentations on topics such as Minimizing Fatigue and Strain; Precision Medicine and the Potential of Tailored Treatments for SpA; The Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Future SpA Treatments, and more!
  • Movement demonstrations focusing on Gentle Stretch and The Feldenkrais Method of Meditative Movement.
  • Breakout sessions with skilled facilitators leading attendee discussions on topics such as Words of Wisdom for the Newly Diagnosed; Energy Conservation and Managing Fatigue; and Developing Mental and Emotional Resilience. 
  • See the full agenda for this 2-day event below.  The presentations will be available in English and Spanish.

Agenda

Agenda

time iconMay 3, 2024 08:00 am

Explore the platform, network with others attending virtually, and visit the exhibit hall

time iconMay 3, 2024 08:30 am

Morning Exercise Session: Art of Stretching

Join Alex Levine as he demonstrates the art of gentle stretching to promote relaxation, flexibility, and a peaceful state of mind.

speaker headshot Alex Levine, CPT

time iconMay 3, 2024 09:00 am

Treatment and Research Advances in Spondyloarthritis

Dr. Liron Caplan discusses the newest therapies, medications, and research findings in managing SpA. Live Q&A to follow.

speaker headshot Liron Caplan, MD, PhD

time iconMay 3, 2024 09:30 am

Live Q & A: Treatment and Research Advances in Spondyloarthritis

speaker headshot Liron Caplan, MD, PhD

time iconMay 3, 2024 10:00 am

Break

time iconMay 3, 2024 10:15 am

Breakout Discussion Session: I Wish I Knew Then

If you could go back in time, what would you tell your newly diagnosed self about living with SpA? Join SAA Support Group Leaders Heidi Waltz and Iain McDonald as they facilitate a discussion about advice for the newly diagnosed. We encourage people with all levels of experience of living with SpA to participate.

speaker headshot Heidi Waltz

speaker headshot Iain McDonald

time iconMay 3, 2024 11:30 am

Lunch Break

time iconMay 3, 2024 12:00 pm

Minimizing Fatigue and Strain, Conserving Energy, and Hacks for Daily Living Activities

Cheryl Crow, OTR/L discusses how to manage energy levels, combat fatigue, and make everyday tasks as easy and energy efficient as possible. Live Q&A to follow.

speaker headshot Cheryl Crow, OTR/L

time iconMay 3, 2024 12:30 pm

Live Q & A: Minimizing Fatigue and Strain, Conserving Energy, and Hacks for Daily Living Activities

speaker headshot Cheryl Crow

time iconMay 3, 2024 01:00 pm

Break

time iconMay 3, 2024 01:15 pm

Breakout Discussion Session: Energy Conservation and Managing Fatigue

Join SAA Support Group Leaders Carolyn Begeman and Sara Shaw for a live discussion about being mindful of our energy reserves and recognizing the need for rest and self-care. 

speaker headshot Carolyn Begeman

speaker headshot Sara Shaw

time iconMay 3, 2024 02:30 pm

Break

time iconMay 3, 2024 02:45 pm

Precision Medicine: The Potential of Tailored Treatments for SpA

Dr. Christopher Ritchlin discusses the future of personalized treatments based on an individual’s genetics, biomarker data, environment, and lifestyle, and how this innovative approach to medicine might help people with SpA.

speaker headshot Christopher T. Ritchlin, MD, MPH

time iconMay 3, 2024 03:15 pm

Live Q & A: Precision Medicine: The Potential of Tailored Treatments for SpA

speaker headshot Christopher T. Ritchlin, MD, MPH

time iconMay 4, 2024 08:00 am

Explore the platform, network with others attending virtually, and visit the exhibit hall

time iconMay 4, 2024 08:30 am

Morning Exercise Session: Feldenkrais

Sue Seto explains the principles behind the Feldenkrais method of meditative movement and its potential benefits for people with chronic pain, including demonstrations of the techniques.

speaker headshot Sue Seto

time iconMay 4, 2024 09:00 am

The Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Future SpA Treatments and Diagnosis

Dr. Denis Poddubnyy discusses how AI can open new possibilities for enhanced care and improved patient outcomes for people with SpA.

speaker headshot Denis Poddubnyy, MD, PhD, MSc

time iconMay 4, 2024 09:30 am

Live Q & A: The Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Future SpA Treatments and Diagnosis

speaker headshot Denis Poddubnyy, MD, PhD, MSc

time iconMay 4, 2024 10:00 am

Break

time iconMay 4, 2024 10:15 am

Breakout Discussion Session: Using Tech for SpA Management

SAA Support Group Leader Walter Ramirez and Eric Bonanno moderate a live discussion about using technology and wearable tech like smartwatches, as well as apps for tracking nutrition, exercise, medications, and more. Join the conversation as other Summit participants who are living with SpA talk about their experiences with various tech tools.

speaker headshot Walter Ramirez

speaker headshot Eric Bonanno

time iconMay 4, 2024 11:30 am

Lunch Break

time iconMay 4, 2024 12:00 pm

Resilience in the Face of Chronic Illness: Focus on Mental and Emotional Health

Dr. Meghan Wilde shares strategies for cultivating mental and emotional resilience and discusses the importance of engaging in activities that bring joy, peace, and energy.

speaker headshot Meghan Wilde, PsyD

time iconMay 4, 2024 12:30 pm

Live Q & A: Resilience in the Face of Chronic Illness: Focus on Mental and Emotional Health

speaker headshot Meghan Wilde, PsyD

time iconMay 4, 2024 01:00 pm

Break

time iconMay 4, 2024 01:15 pm

Breakout Discussion Session: Cultivating Joy

Join SAA Support Group Leaders Joan Polzin and Bob Ambrose as they lead Summit participants in a live, moderated discussion about developing mental and emotional resilience in the face of chronic illness. Listen and share experiences with other people who are living with SpA.

speaker headshot Joan Polzin

speaker headshot Bob Ambrose

time iconMay 4, 2024 02:30 pm

Break

time iconMay 4, 2024 02:45 pm

Risks, Impacts, Prevention, and Management of Osteoporosis in SpA

Dr. Nancy Lane discusses the increased risk of osteoporosis in people living with SpA and shares tips on prevention, early intervention, and management strategies.

speaker headshot Nancy E. Lane, MD

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