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Annual Lupus Virtual Symposium 2020

  • 1 Nov 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Online "Zoom Link to be shared"


  • Special Thanks to our Sponors for allowing us to provide this Symposium Free to General Public.

Registration is closed







Chairperson: Mr. Cedric McDonald


Rev. Verna Cassells


President’s Remarks

Dr. Desiree Tulloch-Reid
President LFJ


Official Opening of Symposium

Ministry of Health (MOH)

Session 1: Part 1:  New Challenges in Lupus Care

Moderator: Dr. Asana Anderson, Consultant Rheumatologist, University Hospital of the West Indies


COVID-19 pandemic and Lupus

Dr. Roberto Caricchio MD, Professor of Medicine, Chief of Rheumatology/Director of Lupus Program, Temple University.


Is It Safe in 2020? Lupus, Hydroxychloroquine and the Heart

Dr. Taneisha McGhie
Consultant Rheumatologist, Cornwall Regional Hospital


Questions & Answers


Musical Item

Dr. Jessica Yap

Session 2: The Future is Here: Trends in Lupus Care and Research

Moderator: Dr. Karel DeCeulaer
Consultant Rheumatologist, President Emeritus, LFJ

11: 50

Precision Medicine in Lupus

Prof David Isenberg
Professor of Rheumatology, University College London

12: 20

Patient-Centred Research in Lupus

Dr. Racquel Lowe-Jones,
Consultant Nephrologist, Mandeville Regional Hospital


Questions & Answers


Break/Video-Photo Feature



Best Medicine

Dr. Michael Abrahams

Session 3: The Way Forward: Life with Lupus During and After Covid19

Moderator: Dr. Lori-Ann Fisher
Consultant Nephrologist/Intensivist, 
University Hospital of the West Indies


Results of LFJ Member Survey: Impact of Covid 19 on Daily Life of Lupus Patients

Dr Joel Wright

General Practitioner, El Shaddai Medical Centre, Member, Research Committee, LFJ


Short Film: Patient Perspectives Series

Voices of Lupus Warriors: Living with Lupus in the Covid 19 Pandemic

Kevin Jackson, Nivek Productions


Panel Discussion: Life Goes On: Embracing the “New Normal” with Lupus

Moderator Dr Stacy Davis
Consultant Rheumatologist, Past President LFJ


Covid19 Safety for Lupus Patients

Dr. Jacqueline Duncan
Consultant Occupational Medicine & Internal Medicine

Obligations, Rights and expectations at the Workplace during Covid19

Ms. Tanya Ralph

The Way Forward: Old & New Opportunities in a Post-covid-19 world

Mrs. Marsha Norman
HR Specialist & Life Coach, Author, Get On the Bike

In Tough Times: Surviving the Pandemic and accessing Community Resources

Ms Damalie Beason, Medical Social Worker, University Hospital of the West Indies

Promoting Resilience: Mental Health & Maintaining Relationships During Covid-19

Prof Roger Gibson,
Head of Psychiatry, University Hospital of the West Indies

Health Care Access in the New Normal

Mrs. Julie-Ann Jemmott, Pharmacist,
Director of Services, Lupus Foundation of Jamaica


Questions & Answers


Summary & Conclusions

Dr Stacy Davis


Vote of Thanks/Closing Remarks

Desiree Tulloch-Reid/Cedric McDonald


Musical Item

Dr. Joel Wright



Roberto Caricchio, MD, FACR. Chief, Section of Rheumatology Professor, Medicine Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Director, Temple Lupus Program, Temple University Hospital

Dr Taneisha McGhie BSc, MBBS, DM. Consultant Physician and Rheumatologist at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, Jamaica and Associate Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of the West Indies, Mona

Prof David Isenberg, Professor David Isenberg, MD, FRCP, FA MS. Arthritis Research UK Diamond Jubilee Professor of Rheumatology, University College London Medical School. Chair Lupus UK Research Committee. Arthritis Research UK Trustee

Dr Racquel Lowe-Jones BSN, MBBS, DM (Internal Medicine), Certificate Renal Medicine (RCP London) ISN, KRUK Fellow Alumnus; Consultant Physician & Nephrologist Mandeville Regional Hospital Jamaica

Dr. Joel Wright, MBBS is a graduate of the University of The West Indies, Mona. He currently works as a General Practitioner at the El Shaddai Medical Centre and is a member of the Research Committee of the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica. He ultimately aims to do clinical work and research in the area of Rheumatology/Immunology.


Cedric McDonald, Board Member, Lupus Foundation of Jamaica



Dr Jacqueline Duncan,
Consultant Occupational
Medicine & Internal Medicine;
Senior Lecturer,
Dept of Community Health & Psychiatry,
University of the West Indies

Prof Roger Gibson,
MBBS, DM (Psych), Profession & Head, Dept of Psychiatry,
University of the West Indies

Ms Tanya Ralph,
LLB, Attorney-At-Law


Mrs Marsha Thomas Norman,
Human Resources Consultant,
Author, Get On The Bike

Ms Damalie Beason, BSc,
Medical Social Worker, UHWI,
LFJ Medical Assistance Committee

Mrs Julie-Ann Jemmott, Bsc Pharm,
Development officer, Ministry of Health & Wellness


Dr Stacy Davis, MBBS,
Consultant Rheumatologist,
Associate Lecturer, University of the West Indies,
Former President, Lupus Foundation of Jamaica LFJ

Dr Asana Anderson,
Consultant Rheumatologist, Lecturer,
University of the West Indies, LFJ Education Committee

Dr Karel De Ceulaer,
Consultant Rheumatologist,
Associate Lecturer, UWI, President Emeritus, LFJ


Dr Lori-Ann Fisher,
Consultant Rheumatologist,
University Hospital of the West Indies UHWI, LFJ Education Committee


Dr Michael Abrahams

Dr Jessica Yap,
Resident Medical Officer (Ophthalmology), University of the West Indies

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