‘The Healing Power of Sleep … Chief Nourisher of the Body, Mind and Heart,’ Subject of UA Arthritis Center Lecture, May 3

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sleep disorders are among the most common clinical problems encountered in modern medicine. Strong evidence shows that insufficient sleep has a significant impact on numerous health conditions, including chronic disease development, incidence and immunologic function. Individuals who suffer from arthritis often face greater sleep issues due to their arthritis.

A free presentation, “The Healing Power of Sleep … Chief Nourisher of the Body, Mind and Heart,” will be held Wednesday, May 3, 6-7:15 p.m., at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. The 75-minute talk will include time for questions and answers.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, as many as 80 percent of people with arthritis have difficulty sleeping. Research shows the relationship between arthritis and sleep to be one of great impact.

Speaker Sairam “Sai” Parthasarathy, MD, director of the University of Arizona Center for Sleep Disorders, will share the newest information on the nature and importance of sleep and its role in disease prevention and population health. He will address the epidemic of sleep deprivation, insomnia and sleep apnea and its relationship to pain, arthritis, the immune system, obesity, Alzheimer’s and heart disease. He will discuss sleep disorders and the economic burden on the health-care systems of the United States and the world.

Seating for the lecture is limited and prior registration is requested. For more information or to register, please visit the UA Arthritis Center website,, or call 520-626-5040 or email

Parking is available in the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson visitor/patient parking garage just south of the hospital’s main entrance; please bring your parking ticket to the lecture to be validated for free parking.

If you have questions concerning access, wish to request a Sign Language interpreter or disability-related accommodations, please contact Tracy Shake, 520-626-5040, email:

The lecture is part of the “Living Healthy with Arthritis” series of free monthly talks presented by the UA Arthritis Center at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology. The fall lecture series will begin in September.

About Dr. Parthasarathy

Sairam “Sai” Parthasarathy, MD, is director of the University of Arizona Center for Sleep Disorders, professor of medicine and program director of the UA Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. He is board-certified in sleep medicine, internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He is a member of the American Thoracic Society and the Sleep Research Society, a member of the advisory board of the Sleep Disorders Research division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), chair of the grant review committee for the American Sleep Medicine Foundation, associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, and serves on the advisory panel of the UA Respiratory Disease Committee. Additionally, he serves on the steering committee for ADVENT (Advanced Ear Nose and Throat), on the editorial board for the American College of Chest Physicians CHEST SEEK Sleep Medicine edition, and is chair of the Data and Safety Monitoring Board, an independent group of experts that advises research investigators. He also serves on the Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Bariatric Surgery committees of the NIH. He currently holds grants from the NIH and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

About the University of Arizona Arthritis Center

The University of Arizona Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, is a research leader with a focus on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved diagnosis, measurement and treatment of the disease. For more information, please visit

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information:

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