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Topics in Allergy, Immunology, and Nephrology

12-Night Western Mediterranean Cruise Conference
Round-trip Barcelona, Spain
September 11 - 23, 2018
<em>Celebrity Eclipse</em>
Celebrity Eclipse
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
14 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
14.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees

Target Audience
Nurses, Nurse PractitionersNurses, Nurse PractitionersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Atopic Dermatitis
    • Diagnose this common skin disorder and understand the important allergic and nonallergic aspects.
  2. Urticaria
    • Identifying the many different causes of urticaria can be challenging.
  3. Angioedema
    • Managing patients with angioedema requires the identification of benign or life-threatening types.
  4. Food Allergy
    • Appreciating the new revelations in the immunologic mechanisms has led to the concepts of prevention and desensitization.
  5. Drug Allergy
    • Gaining knowledge of the complex nature of drug allergies is essential to providing the patient with information about their reaction.
  6. Indoor Allergies
    • Appreciating that indoor allergen sources can create problems for respiratory and cutaneous allergy sufferers.
  7. Rhinosinusitis
    • Describing rhinosinusitis as acute and chronic is important in diagnosing and treating this common disorde.r
  8. Diagnosis, Prevention and Management of Acute Kidney Injury
    • Explain the new definition of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), and describe the short and long term complications of patients that experience AKI.
    • Review the strategies used to prevent AKI in specific clinical situations : IV contrast, general surgery, gadolinium exposure.
    • Discuss individual agents and the risk and unique types of AKI associated with NSAIDs, antibiotics and chemotherapeutic drugs.
  9. Management of Chronic Kidney Disease
    • Discuss the new definition of chronic kidney disease (CKD) with specific emphasis on the measurement and important role of microalbuminuria.
    • Describe the complications of CKD and the treatment guidelines for the management of Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia, Anemia, Acidosis and Hyperparathyroidism.
  10. Hypertension update 2018
    • Describe the new ACC/AHA guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of HTN.
    • Discuss the specific guidelines for the treatment of hypertension in patients with renal disease.
    • Review the clinical criteria for the recognition of secondary hypertension and the new treatments of resistant hypertension.
  11. Evaluation and Prevention of Kidney Stones
    • Define the epidemiology and clinical impact of kidney stone disease in the U.S.
    • Describe the different types of kidney stones and the pathophysiologic causes of each type of stone.
    • Review the surgical and medical treatment options available for each type of stone disease and the strategies to prevent future stone recurrence.
  12. Kidney Transplantation for the Primary Care physician
    • Describe the current status of the renal transplant program in the U.S. from the standpoint of patient outcomes, governmental regulation, organ donation policy and economic coverage.
    • Define the basic immunosuppression used and the side effects of individual agents. Discuss the common medical complications in transplant recipients seen in the primary care setting.
  13. Current Concepts and Treatment of Hyponatremia
    • Establish the definition and physiologic consequences of hyponatremia.
    • Review the different causes of hyponatremia and the workup required to establish a correct diagnosis.
    • Define the role of hypertonic saline and the use of vaptans in the treatment of acute and chronic hyponatremia.
    • Describe the entity called osmotic demyelinating syndrome and its relationship to the treatment of hyponatremia.
  14. Herbal Supplements and the Kidney
    • Review the governmental policies regulating the distribution and labeling of herbal therapy in the U.S.
    • Discuss the potential risks of heavy metal toxicity, nephrotoxicity and electrolyte abnormalities associated with individual types of herbal therapy.
    • Outline the potential interaction of herbal therapy with prescription medication and how to avoid these potential complications.
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.

Roger W. Fox, M.D. FAAAAI, FACP

Roger W. Fox, M.D. FAAAAI, FACP
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Division of Allergy and Immunology
University of South Florida
Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa, FL After receiving his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his 3 years of Internal Medicine and 2 years in Allergy and Immunology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He joined the faculty at USF in the Division of Allergy and Immunology. He was recognized for his 30 years of service to USF College of Medicine and to the Tampa VA Department of Medicine. He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. He has been elected as The Best Doctors in America for the past decade. He serves as the Director of A/I Fellow Training, and he has trained 75 Allergy/Immunology Fellows. He has an extensive list of contributions in the literature, and presentations at local, national and international meetings. He has been on various boards including the Hillsborough County Medical Association and Florida Allergy Asthma and Immunology Society and many committees in the Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Warren Kupin MD, FACP

Professor of Medicine
Miami Transplant Institute
Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine  Dr Kupin is a graduate of Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin. He did his Internal Medicine training and Nephrology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit , MI where he was on staff until moving to the University of Miami in 1999. 

Dr Kupin is Associate Medical Director of Transplant Nephrology and is involved in the evaluation, listing and post transplant immunosuppression followup of kidney and kidney pancreas-transplant recipients. He is the course director of the nephrology module for the sophomore medical students and lectures for the ACP Internal Medicine Recertification Course and the American Society of Nephrology Board Review Course. He is a speaker at the American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting and has been an invited speaker for Medical Grand Rounds throughout the U.S.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Cruise Itinerary

Tue Sep 11 Barcelona, Spain
- 5:00 pm
Wed Sep 12 Valencia, Spain
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Thu Sep 13 Alicante, Spain
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Fri Sep 14 Gibraltar
11:00 am 10:00 pm
Sat Sep 15 Málaga, Spain
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat Sep 15 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Sep 17 Provence (Marseille), France
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Tue Sep 18 Nice, France
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Sep 19 Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Thu Sep 20 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Fri Sep 21 Naples, Italy
7:00 am 6:30 pm
Sat Sep 22 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Sep 23 Barcelona, Spain
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Celebrity Eclipse Map

Ports of Call

Barcelona, Spain -

Barcelona is a one of the world's great cities. Stroll down her tree-lined boulevards, the magnificent Passeig de Gràcia or the more touristed Las Ramblas. On the Passeig, shop a serious fashion district while marveling at examples of Mordenisme architecture, seemingly sculpted from the stuff of dreams (Gaudi's masterpiece of a family home, Casa Batlló is well worth a visit). If a trip on the Passeig hasn't convinced you of Gaudi's genius, a visit to La Sagrada Familia Cathedral will do the trick; this fantastic, soaring marvel will live on in your memory long after you've returned.

Not far from the Passeig and just north of Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter (the Barri Gotic) provides an abundance of shopping opportunities for all tastes, and a bit of European history to boot - check out the tranquil Cathedral of Barcelona. To see a bit of local life a visit to a food market is a quick, fun detour: try Santa Caterina near the Cathedral or Mercado de La Boqueria, right off of Las Ramblas.

Barcelona's food is also a highlight: stop into a tapas bar and try a variety of delicacies. "Standard" restaurants of every style are available, too. And, there's music, too! Visit an underground jazz club or the magnificent Palau de la Música Catalana; or stop by the Palau Dalmases for a stunning, flamenco performance (it's near the Picasso museum). Did we mention art? One of the largest collections of Picasso's art is found at the Museau Picasso, and a great collection of contemporary, figurative (i.e not abstract) painting and sculpture is housed at the European Museum of Modern Art just around the corner.

It's probably clear by now that you really can't get it all done in a day (even if all means "just the must-sees"). So, stay for a day or three in the Gothic Quarter or near Plaça de Catalunya and really get a feel for what makes Barcelona such a wonderful place. Partly it's the result of the "accidents" of its history and present: as the regional capital of Spain's prosperous Catalunya region, Barcelona has a "flavor" that is a bit of a mix between Spanish and French (it's located quite close to the French border). Yes, you can practice your Spanish here - it attracts Spaniards from throughout the country - but you'll also see and hear Catalan with it's own charm. You won't regret you time here.

Valencia, Spain - Incredibly, Valencia is a hidden gem of a big city in Spain. Although, it doesn't get the same attention that Barcelona and Madrid get, it competes quite well with those two well known destinations. Food, Shopping, Art and Architecture can be found in abundance; take some time and wander through the winding maze of medieval streets and stubble on your newest favorite shop/bar/restaurant. Too bad cruises don't depart from here; you could certainly spend a few days visiting Valencia's must-sees. One highlight is the City of Arts and Sciences (Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències) designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. This beautiful complex consists of a cinema, garden, theater, planetarium, science museum and more!

Alicante, Spain - This bright city on the Costa del Sol was founded by the ancient Greeks in 325 B.C, who called it Akra Leuka ("White Summer") for its impressive headlands. The Moors ruled here for over five centuries, and reminders of their passing can be dicovered in the winding alleyways of the Old Quarter. The views from the 1,000 foot Balcon del Mediterraneo are superb.

Gibraltar - As long as the Barbary Apes remain, the British will rule Gibraltar‐this is the tradition that has held for 350 years. These pesky primates are a favorite with visitors despite their incessant chatter and light-fingered ways. Ride to the top of the Rock for great views over the Strait of Gibraltar‐on a clear day you'll see Africa.

Málaga, Spain - Málaga is the gateway to the Andalusian countryside and the Costa del Sol, where you can dig your toes in to the sand of some of the most impressive beaches. But this bustling town has more to offer than surf and sun. Málaga also boasts a number of impressive palaces, including the Moorish Alcabaza and Gibralfaro, as well as the majestic Alhambra Palace.

Provence (Marseille), France -

Nice, France - Cosmopolitan and chic, sun-drenched and spicy, Nice sparkles as the unofficial capital of the Riviera. Its bustling nightlife, top-notch museums, vibrant arts, and beaches enhance the charm of this Riviera town. Excellent local and regional transportation and a populace accustomed to tourists make Nice a rite of passage travelers young or old.

Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy - In Florence view the timeless treasures: the lofty Duomo, Giotto's bell tower, Michelangelo's David, the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio over the Arno. In Pisa, see the famous Tower, still standing, if crookedly, after 650 years.

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy - Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.

Naples, Italy - Capital of Southern Italy, the largest city of Campania, Naples is the third most populated city in Italy (after Rome and Milan), with over a million inhabitants, and is the most important industrial center and trading port for the South. Naples itself can provide a day's fun and entertainment, if its somewhat rundown appearance doesn't dissuade you. Or, join a tour of incredible Pompeii, frozen in time since A.D. 79 when Mt. Vesuvius brought an end to that then-thriving city. Or, take a quick ferry across the bay to the flowery Isle of Capri. Or, (yes, there's more) visit fabulous Sorrento, vacation spot for the well to do.

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Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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