Toronto, Canada Patient Symposium: Living with Vasculitis – Register Now!

Vasculitis Foundation of Canada will host “Living with Vasculitis” Fall Symposium and Research Day on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  The one-day symposium will feature physicians and researchers from the University of Toronto, including Dr. Katherine Siminovitch, Dr. Ramzi Fattouh, Dr. Susan Abbey and Dr. Carol Langford, from the Cleveland Clinic Vasculitis Center.  The morning session will focus on small and medium-sized vasculitis while the afternoon session will focus on large vessel vasculitis.

For more details, and to REGISTER please visit Vasculitis Foundation Canada or email Jon Stewart.

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MORNING SESSION  Small and medium-sized vasculitis (all vasculitis patients except those noted in the afternoon sessions)

Ramzi Fattouh, Ph.D, Clinical Microbiology Trainee
Dr. Fattouh will update attendees on last fall’s research funded by VF Canada, on vasculitis and the infection connection.  Two studies are underway, one to confirm a report linking Giant Cell Arteritis with the bacteria Burkholderia, and a second study using PCR-DNA lab techniques on a group of GPA/Wegener’s patients.

Katherine Siminovitch, M.D., FRCP(C), Professor of Medicine, Rheumatologist, Geneticist, Senior Investigator at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto
Dr. Siminovitch will provide an update on the results of her GPA/Wegener’s DNA study, originally organized and funded by VF Canada in the spring of 2001.  She’ll review why the underlying disease genetics are so important in GPA, and will speak about the direction of her research and how her ongoing research is expanding and progressing.  

Carol A. Langford, M.D., MHS, Harold C. Schott Endowed Chair in Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease, Director, Center for Vasculitis Care and ResearchCleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
Dr. Langford will review the features of small and medium vessel vasculitis (primarily GPA, MPA, EGPA, PAN and KD), and treatment options, including the use of biologic agents.  She will also offer her opinion on how to achieve the best disease outcomes, how to stay in remission and the role that monitoring plays in achieving these outcomes.

Susan E. Abbey, M.D., FRCP(C), Psychiatrist-in-Chief University Health Network, and Professor in Psychiatry at University of Toronto
Dr. Susan Abbey is a psychiatrist with particular interests in the emotional aspects of physical illness, and the physical and emotional impact of stress.  And, vasculitis patients can relate to this!  Getting a vasculitis diagnosis has very real physical impacts and presents challenges in coping with a chronic and potentially life threatening disease. She’ll discuss her research related to the development of coping tools, and mindfulness training, on self-care in lupus and hypertension.

AFTERNOON SESSION:  Large and Variable Vessel Vasculitis (Behcet’s, Cogan’s syndrome, Takayasu’s arteritis, and Giant cell arteritis patients only!)

Katherine Siminovitch, M.D., FRCP(C)
Dr. Siminovitch is expanding her research to conduct a small comparison study, similar to her GPA work, on Behcet’s and Giant cell arteritis pending a minimum 100 patient enrollment.  She’ll explain the process and why these additional studies are necessary to enhance our understanding of vasculitic diseases in general, and what we can expect to learn.

 Carol A. Langford, M.D., MHS
Dr. Langford will review the clinical features and treatment of Behcet’s disease, Cogan’s syndrome, Giant cell arteritis, and Takayasu’s arteritis. She will also offer her opinion on how to achieve the best disease outcomes, how to stay in remission and the role that monitoring plays in achieving these outcomes. 

Susan E. Abbey, M.D., FRCP(C)
Dr. Susan Abbey is a psychiatrist with particular interests in the emotional aspects of physical illness, and the physical and emotional impact of stress.  And, vasculitis patients can relate to this!  Getting a vasculitis diagnosis has very real physical impacts and presents challenges in coping with a chronic and potentially life threatening disease. She’ll discuss her research related to the development of coping tools and mindfulness training, on self-care in lupus and hypertension. 

Toronto Western Hospital is located in downtown Toronto at the northeast corner of Bathurst and Dundas Streets, and is well serviced by local TTC transit, particularly the Bathurst streetcar from the Bloor/Danforth Subway.

Toronto is a relatively short travel distance for many Canadian and American Vasculitis patients and has convenient rail and airport connections.  Note: passports are required for all visitors to Canada!  

The Symposium registration is FREE for VF Canada members, non-members can easily become members for just $20.00 Canadian.

Space may be limited, so register early!

For more details, and to REGISTER please visit Vasculitis Foundation Canada or email Jon Stewart.

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