Upcoming Conferences and Symposiums

The Vasculitis Foundation hosts international biennial and regional conferences for patients, their families, friends and medical professionals. The conferences feature recognized vasculitis experts presenting the most current information on diagnosis, treatment and research efforts.

Henry Ford logo_homeThe Henry Ford Health System and the Vasculitis Foundation Present:
The 2014 Michigan Vasculitis Patient 1/2 Day Educational Conference
Saturday,  September 20, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, 6777 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI  48322

The Vasculitis Foundation and the vasculitis experts from the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital are pleased to announce the Michigan Vasculitis Patient Conference, to be held on September 20, 2014.  The 1/2 day conference will include lectures, Q&A sessions and the opportunity for attendees to meet and network with each other and the physicians.

Registration fee:  $15/person; some scholarships are available. Please email (vf@vasculitisfoundation.org) the VF office if you would like to apply for a scholarship.

Registration deadline: Monday, September 15, 2014



Preliminary Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 8:25 a.m.     Registration and Networking

8:25 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
Kathleen M. Maksimowicz-McKinnon, DO, Division of Rheumatology, Henry Ford Health System

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Immunizations and Infection Prevention
John E. McKinnon, MD, Infectious Diseases, Henry Ford Health System
Infections are a major cause of death in patients with vasculitis.  Learn about vaccination in vasculitis-what you should always receive, vaccines you may need to avoid, the timing of vaccination in relation to your vasculitis treatment, and other things that can decrease your infection risk.

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
The Lungs in Vasculitis:  Promoting and maintaining good lung health and function|
Krishna Thavarajah, MD, Pulmonary Diseases, Henry Ford Health System
The lungs are commonly affected by vasculitis.  Learn about how vasculitis may affect your lungs, the treatments that may be helpful, and what you can do to keep your lungs in the best health possible.

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.     Morning Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
The Genetics of Vasculitis and Update on Current Research
Amr Sawalha, MD, Division of Rheumatology, University of Michigan Health Center
Many questions remain unanswered about what causes vasculitis.  It has long been believed that your genetic background (your genes) may have an important role in what causes vasculitis and how your body responds to treatment. Come and learn what we are learning about this aspect of vasculitis.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Vasculitis Fallout
Kathleen M. Maksimowicz-McKinnon, DO, Division of Rheumatology, Henry Ford Health System
Your vasculitis is under control. Your doctors are pleased with your numbers and scans.  Learn about issues that may arise from your vasculitis and treatment, even when your disease is in remission, and how to deal with them.  Dealing with the side effects caused by the disease and/or treatment (avascular necrosis, depression, weight gain, diabetes, cancer risks, etc.)

12:00 noon
Closing Remarks
Grace Eisen, RN, MSN, President, VF Board of Directors

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The University of Kansas Medical Center and the Vasculitis Foundation Present: 

The Kansas City Patient Vasculitis Symposium – 1/2 Day Educational Conference

Saturday, July 12, 2014
12:00 Noon – 5:00 p.m.
KU Edwards Campus, Best Building, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, Kansas (click here to view campus map)
Registration: $15/person; Click here to register. Updated! New registration deadline is Thursday, July 10. No refunds will be issued after  that date.

Click here to learn more about the University of Kansas Medical Center

Tentative Schedule

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.  Reception with Lunch

12:45 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.  Opening Remarks
Jason Springer, MD,  Vasculitis Clinic Director, 
Assistant Professor, Division of Allergy, Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Kansas University Medical Center

12:50 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.  Introduction to Vasculitis:  Large Vessel Vasculitis
Mehrdad Maz, MD,   Associate Professor, Division Director of Allergy, Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Kansas University Medical Center

1:10 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Small Vessel Vasculitis
Jason Springer MD

1:30 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.  Round-table Discussion

1:40 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.  Break

1:50 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.  Cardiovascular Disease in Vasculitis
Kamal Gupta, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Cardiology, Kansas University Medical Center

2:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Kidney Disease in Vasculitis
Mireille El Ters, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology, Kansas University Medical Center

2:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.  Round-table Discussion

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break with snacks

3:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.  Peripheral Nerve Involvement in Vasculitis
Mazen M. Dimachkie, MD, Professor of Neurology, Director of Neurophysiology Division & of Neuromuscular Section, Kansas University Medical Center

3:20 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.  Vasculitis in Children
Mara Becker MD MSCE, Division Director, Children’s Mercy Hospital

3:40 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.  Round-table Discussion

3:50 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Break

4:00 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.  Coping with Chronic Disease
Wendi Born, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Family Medicine Research Division, Kansas University Medical Center

4:40 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.  Round-table discussion

4:45 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Closing Remarks

5:00 p.m.                       Adjourn


To view sessions from previous symposia, please visit the VF’s YouTube Education Channel




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