September 12, 2008

Join the Lupus Foundation of America's Webchat this Wednesday, September 17. "Healthy Aging & Lupus" will be hosted by Dr. Ronenn Roubenoff.

Reminder -- the Lupus Foundation of America's Webchat is this Wednesday afternoon, September 17, at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

The LFA welcomes Dr. Ronenn Roubenoff, who will serve as the guest expert for the Healthy Aging & Lupus chat.

Dr. Roubenoff received his M.D. from Northwestern University in 1983, and trained in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was Chief Resident in Medicine (1986-87). In 1990 he completed concurrent fellowships in Rheumatology and in Clinical Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins, receiving a Master of Health Science degree. He then trained in nutrition at Tufts University with Irwin Rosenberg, and in immunology with Charles Dinarello. He was Chief of the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia (NEPS) Laboratory from 1997 to 2002, and Director of Human Studies, at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University from 2001 to 2002. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Nutrition and Associate Professor of Medicine at Tufts and Tufts-New England Medical Center. In September 2002, Dr. Roubenoff became Senior Director of Molecular Medicine at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., in Cambridge, MA, where he directed research on biomarkers and personalized medicine. In January 2007 he became Senior Director, Translational Medicine, at Biogen Idec, Inc.

Dr. Roubenoff has done pioneering work on the interactions of nutrition, exercise and hormonal and immune regulators of metabolism in aging and chronic disease, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and HIV infection. He is an internationally recognized authority on sarcopenia, cachexia, and wasting. He has published over two hundred papers in the medical literature as well as writing for lay audiences. He is co-author of a New York Times Bestselling book on exercise and nutrition treatment of arthritis. Dr. Roubenoff has served on many NIH study sections, WHO committees, Animal Care and Use and Institutional Review Committees, and as a reviewer for journals, foundations, and charities. He has won multiple awards, including membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha and Delta Omega honor societies; Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology; the American College of Rheumatology Senior Scholar Award; Tufts University Distinguished Faculty Award; Teacher of the Year at Johns Hopkins Medical School; and the Oliver Smith Award for Extraordinary Service and Caring at Tufts-New England Medical Center.

You can submit a question in advance here.

We hope you can join us Wednesday afternoon. To do so, you can log in to the live chat here.

As always, copies of all chat transcripts are posted online within a day or 2 of the chat. Visit here to read the LFA's previous chat transcripts.

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