Register Now! International Vasculitis Symposium – Jacksonville, Florida, June 19-21, 2015

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Omni Hotels and Resorts Jacksonville

245 Water Street
Jacksonville, Florida  32202
888.444.OMNI 

Mark your calendars and join us for the 2015 International Vasculitis Symposium in Jacksonville, Florida! 

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Since 2006, thousands of patients, families, doctors and researchers have attended theVF Symposia.

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The conference will be held June 19-21, 2015 at the Omni Jacksonville. Education and support are integral parts of the VF’s mission and the symposium will bring together our patients, families, vasculitis experts and researchers for a weekend of information sharing and networking and friendship.  During the symposium you will have the opportunity to interact with some of the top vasculitis specialists from around the world as well as share your experiences with vasculitis with other attendees.


Click here to download the schedule and registration form.

The VF Symposium Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to patients and and their family members interested in attending the 2015 Symposium. Click here to learn more about the program and review the application. The program is funded by donations from members who want others to have an opportunity to attend the symposium.

Special Scholarship Opportunity:  This year the VF is pleased to announce the creation of the 2015 Mercy LaVilla Symposium PAN Scholarship, available to patients diagnosed with Polyarteritis nodosa (PAN). Click here to access the application form.


hRegistration fee: $199/person; The registration fee includes meals (listed on event schedule), educational materials, handouts and admittance to the educational sessions and exhibit area, refreshment breaks and VF 2015 Symposium t-shirt.
Registration deadline: May 22, 2015
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2015 International Vasculitis Symposium Schedule
Session titles, speakers and times are subject to change prior to the start of the event.

FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
INFORMATION DESK OPEN
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
WELCOME LUNCHEON
Welcome and Recognition
Jason Wadler, President, Vasculitis Foundation Board of DirectorsIntroduction of Keynote Speaker
Joyce A. Kullman, Executive Director, Vasculitis Foundation

Keynote Address: Proactive Patient Practices: Education, Awarenes, Research
Ida Hakkarinen, Vasculitis Patient-Powered Research Network

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
BREAKOUT SESSION I:
Individual Disease Group Breakout Session
These breakout sessions provide the opportunity for patients diagnosed with the same types of vasculitis to gather in smaller groups for discussions on treatments and side affects. All of the sessions will include time for Q&A.Behcet’s disease 2015
Kenneth T. Calamia, M.D., Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville

Cryoglobulinemic vasculitis, IgA vasculitis (Henoch-Schönlein purpura), Primary Central Nervous System vasculitis, and other cutaneous vasculitis,
Peter A. Grayson, M.D., MSc., National Institutes of Health, Bethesda
Paul A. Monach, M.D., Ph.D., Boston University, Boston

Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Churg-Strauss Syndrome)
Andy Abril, M.D., Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville

Giant cell arteritis/Takayasu’s arteritis
Cornelia Weyand, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine

Granulomatosis with polyangitiis (GPA/Wegener’s) and Microscopic polyangiitis
Ronald Falk, M.D., University of North Carolina Kidney Center, Chapel Hill
Robert Lebovics, M.D. F.A.C.S., Head & Neck Surgery, New York City
Peter A. Merkel, M.D., M.P.H., University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia

Polyarteritis Nodosa
Eric Hoy, Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

3:30 pm
AFTERNOON BREAK
3:45 pm – 4:30 pm BREAKOUT SESSION IIThe following breakout sessions provide the opportunity for attendees to gather in smaller groups for discussions on topics which are important to them. All of the sessions will include time for Q&A.

 

BreakoutSession #1  -  What Matters Most to Patients with Vasculitis?
Elaine Nokavich, R.N., Translational Program in Vasculitis, NIAMS, NIH, Bethesda

 

Breakout Session #2  -  Pediatrics/Young Adults SessionBreakout Session #3 –  Topic to be announced 

4:30 pm Adjourn. Dinner on your own.

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2015

7:00 am – 6:00 pm INFORMATION DESK OPEN
8:00 am – 9:00 am CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
9:00 am – 10:00 am GENERAL SESSION

It Likes Giant Cell Arteritis: Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Other Geriatric Challenges
Eric L. Matteson, M.D., Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MinnesotaTopic to be announced

10:00 am  Morning Break
10:15 am – 11:15 am GENERAL SESSION

Research Advances Funded by the Vasculitis Foundation
Paul A. Monach, M.D., Ph.D., Boston University School of Medicine, Boston

Introducing the Vasculitis Patient-Powered Research Clinical Research Network (V-PPRN)
Peter A. Merkel, M.D., M.P.H., University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia

11:30 am – 1:00 pm Boxed Lunch/Break
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
BREAKOUT SESSION IIIThe following breakout sessions provide the opportunity for attendees to gather in smaller groups for discussions on topics which are important to them. All of the sessions will include time for Q&A. 

BreakoutSession #4  –  Trends in Long-term Outcomes Among Patients with ANCA-associated Vasculitiswith Renal Disease
Rennie Rhee, M.D., University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia

 

Breakout Session #5  –  Risk and Prevention of Infections During Immunosuppressive Therapy
Yih Chang Lin, M.D., USF Health Morsani Center, Tampa General Hospital, Tampa

 

Breakout Session #6  –  Novel Clinical Research Approaches Through the V-PPRN
Antoine G. Sreih, M.D., University of Pennsylvania Health System

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
BREAKOUT SESSION IV
 

Breakout Session #6  -  To Clot, or Not to Clot That is the Question
Elizabeth Brant, M.D., University of North Carolina Kidney Center, Chapel Hill

 

Breakout Session #7  -  Cryoglobulinemic Vasculitis in Depth
Paul A. Monach, M.D., Ph.D., Boston University, School of Medicine, Boston

 

Breakout Session #8  -  Ear/Nose/Throat Involvement in Vasculitis
Robert Lebovics, M.D. F.A.C.S., Head & Neck Surgery, New York, New York

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm BREAK
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm BREAKOUT SESSION V

 

Breakout Session #9  -  The Role of Radiology in the Treatment of Vasculitis
Ricardo Paz-Fumagalli, M.D., Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville

 

Breakout Session #10  -  Calling all Caregivers! Caregiving for Yourself While Caring for Others

 

Breakout Session #11  -  Vasculitis Patient-Powered Research Network – An Investigator’s/Patient’s
Perspective
George Casey, M.B.A., Co-Principal Investigator, V-PPRN

 

ADJOURN. DINNER ON YOUR OWN.

SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2015

 

7:00 am – 12:00 pm INFORMATION DESK OPEN
8:00 am – 9:00 am CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:30 am Vasculitis Foundation Annual Membership Meeting
Jason Wadler, President, Vasculitis Foundation Board of Directors
9:00 am – 10:00 am GENERAL SESSION

Research as a Form of Patient Care
Peter A. Grayson, M.D., MSc., National Institutes of Health, Bethesda

Vasculitis: Promoting Good Health
Ronald Falk, M.D., University of North Carolina Kidney Center, Chapel Hill

10:00 am – 10:15 am BREAK AND BEVERAGE REFRESH
10:15 am – 11:15 am GENERAL SESSION

Title to be announced
Cornelia Weyand, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford, California Title to be announced
Carol Langford, M.D., M.H.S., F.A.C.P., Cleveland Clinic, Center for Vasculitis Care and Research, Cleveland

11:15 am – 11:30 am Closing Announcements and Recognition

Learn more about the upcoming symposium:

The VF is dedicated to providing education and support for many of the individual vasculitic diseases. There will a special breakout sessions for some of these
diseases that will be led by leading rheumatologists. Watch this short video to get a preview of some of these educational sessions.



 

REGISTRATION:  $199/personRegistration deadline:May 22, 2015Registration fee includes:  Meals (listed on event schedule), educational materials, handouts and admittance to educational sessions and exhibit area, refreshment breaks and VF Symposium 2015 t-shirt.Pediatric patients:  Only pediatric vasculitis patients are permitted to attend the symposium sessions and a parent or legal guardian must accompany any patient 15 years of age or younger to the sessions.Substitutions:  If a registrant is unable to attend, substitutions are welcome.

Refunds: Refund requests must be made in writing and must be received no later than May 22, 2015. After that time, we are sorry that no refunds can be made for any reason.

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Symposium Headquarters:
Omni Hotels & Resorts Jacksonville,
245 Water Street, Jacksonville, Florida  32202
Room rate:  $135/room/night
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