The Diana Foundation has co-sponsored with the School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego three major symposium conferences and one research colloquia on pain management in women.
April 2012: Consensus Meeting of fourteen researchers from Europe and the U.S. on the recognized dangers of glucocorticoid medication.
June 20-21, 2008: Co-sponsored a symposium with the School of Medicine University of California, San Diego, the UCSD Department of Psychiatry and UCSD's Center for Continuing Medical Education. Topics addressed at the symposium included a survey of clinical features of glucocorticoid treatment and molecular and genetic factors in glucocorticoid resistance, sensitivity, and gender differences.
The research papers presented were of relevance to many medical specialties in which glucocorticoid therapy is widely used, including but not limited to, rheumatology, orthopedics, pain management, allergy/immunology and asthma. Speakers represented universities and research institutions from the U.S. and Europe. Presentations were published in 2009 by the New York Academey of Sciences, Glucocorticoids and Mood: Clinical Manifestations, Risk Factors and Molecular Mechanisms (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences).
April 26-28, 2007: Co-sponsored the 2nd Annual Pain Management in Women conference with the School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, the Department of Psychiatry, the Center for Pain and Palliative Care and the Center for Continuing Medical Education. The conference was held at the Catamaran Hotel in San Diego, California.
The conference focused on managing pain in women. Pain is one of the most prevalent medical complaints, with 9 out of 10 American adults experiencing pain at least once a month. Studies show women often receive inadequate care as pain manifests uniquely in the sexes and requires distinctive treatment strategies. For example, traditional pain treatment options such as steroid-based pain relievers can have dramatically different effects on women and have greater nueopsyciatric effects on women. In this series, leading national experts addressed gender differences in pain management and the best available treatment options ranging from conventional to complimentary and alternative medicines.
April 27-29, 2006: Co-sponsored the 1st Annual Pain Management in Woman conference with the School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, the Department of Psychiatry, the Center for Pain and Palliative Care and the Center for Continuing Medical Education. Held at the Catamaran Hotel in San Diego, California, the 1st Annual Pain Management in Women conference brought together medical practitioners – including UCSD Medical Center researchers – with proponents of alternative medicine, to discuss issues related to treatment of pain in women and how it may differ from treatment for similar symptoms in men.
Speakers at this conference included Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal, M.D., former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women's Health; Margaret Chesney, Ph.D., Deputy Director, National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine; Esther Sternberg, PhD, M.D., from the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and Ursula Wesselman, M.D., PhD., of Johns Hopkins University. Faculty presenters from UCSD School of Medicine include Lewis L. Judd, M.D., chair of psychiatry, and Mark S. Wallace, M.D., professor of anesthesiology and director of the Pain Clinic at UCSD’s Thornton Hospital.
Topics included, Evaluation and Assessment of Pain in Women, Farshad Ahadian, MD, Common Female Pain Syndromes in Primary Care, Ursula Wesselmann, MD, Overview of Pain Management in Women, Mark Wallace, MD, and Empowering the Female from Pain: The Pain of Hormonal Change, M E Ted Quigley, MD.