The Diana Padelford Binkley Foundation and the University of California, San Diego, Departments of Psychiatry, Center for Pain and Palliative Care and Continuing Medical Education would like to invite you to attend the 2nd Annual Pain Management in Women Over the Lifecycle 2007 conference to be held April 26-28, 2007 at the Catamaran Hotel in San Diego, California.
This conference will focus on gender differences in pain, as well as conventional and CAM therapies in the pain management of women. National experts will address specific topics including pharmacological considerations in women, the brain and hormones, conventional therapies, acupuncture, Ayurveda, CAM therapies, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, dietary and herbal therapies, and depression and pain. Workshops will address multiple topics in depth.
The target audience for this program includes primary care physicians, neurologists, therapists, pain management professionals, pharmacists, alternative medicine practitioners, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, OB-Gyn, Rheumatologists, Psychiatrists and other healthcare providers.
We look forward to seeing you!
The Diana Padelford Binkley Foundation (“The Diana Foundation”) was established in 2004 as a charitable institution in memory of Diana Binkley. Diana taught yoga and Vedic chanting (ancient Sanskrit parables) and relied largely on complementary and alternative medicine, including Chinese herbal remedies and acupuncture, for treating illness. She died in August 2003 following adverse side effects of a treatment of high dosage steroids prescribed for lower back pain caused by a herniated disc. High dosage steroid treatments can induce neuropsychiatric impairments in one out of five patients. In 3% of affected cases, steroid psychosis leads to suicide in patients with no prior history of suicidal behavior.
The Foundation was established to provide information and facilitate dialogue between western physicians, alternative medicine practitioners, and patients and family members regarding the diagnosis, treatment and management of pain in women. The Foundation was created in response to Diana’s steroid psychosis and suicide. The Foundation has underwritten research on the incidence of steroid-induced psychosis, on gender bias in clinical trials for new prescription medications that may adversely affect women’s health, and has sponsored the Pain Management in Women conference with UCSD School of Medicine. Additional information is available at the website www.dianafoundation.com.
We would like to thank Dr. Susan Blumenthal, Former Assistant U.S. Surgeon General and Vice Admiral, for planting the seed for the inaugural Pain Management in Women Over the Lifecycle conference, held in the spring of 2006.
She has been instrumental in working with the Diana Foundation and Nick Binkley to conceptualize, plan, and implement the Pain Management in Women Over the Lifecycle conference in conjunction with the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.
Dr. Blumenthal has spent much of her professional career involved in women's health; first at the NIMH, then at the Department of Public Health, and finally in the Surgeon General's office.
Dr. Blumenthal brings a wealth of experience to the program. Her twin perspectives of public policy and clinical practice in regards to gender differences in the diagnosis and treatment of pain is a major contributor to the conference. Dr. Blumenthal’s enthusiasm has been most inspirational and we thank her for her expertise and encouragement.
At the conclusion of this conference the participants should be able to:
- Enhance patient care through improved evidence-based knowledge of pain management strategies
- Decrease patients’ risk of adverse side effects
of pain medication
- Explore psychosocial bio-behavioral pain interventions for women
- Increase awareness of CAM – non-pharmacological treatment practices related to particular pain syndromes in women
- Encourage practical application of CAM therapies in the treatment of pain in women