The Vasculitis Foundation invites you to join us in Philadelphia, The City of Brotherly Love, for our 2013 International Vasculitis Symposium. The conference will feature educational opportunities including general sessions featuring our world-renowned vasculitis experts, breakout sessions for specific disease groups and special issues, networking activities and tourist excursions for everyone.
The Vasculitis Foundation believes attending a symposium is one of the most positive and uplifting experiences a patient and their family can have. The symposium not only helps you learn what you need to know, it also provides the opportunity for you to meet others who are familiar with vasculitis and actually do understand what you’re going through.
SYMPOSIUM HEADQUARTERS: The famous Loews Philadelphia Hotel (1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107) will serve as symposium headquarters and is within walking distance of many of the city’s most famous historical sites, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the U.S. Constitution and others related to the founding of the United States. In addition, the hotel is within walking distance of numerous restaurants and shopping opportunities!
The VF has a special room rate of $159/night plus taxes. Click here to reserve a room or call 888.575.6397. Please reference the Vasculitis Foundation Patient Symposium. PLEASE NOTE: There are rooms available for Friday and Saturday night at the special VF room rate. If you have any problems when reserving please email the VF office.
Or call the VF office to register by phone. 816.436.8211
Click here to download the symposium schedule.
Click here to download a list of the symposium speakers.
Please join us for an informative and exciting weekend!
Friday, July 12, 2013
11:00 a.m. Registration Desk opens (Please note, pre-registration is required. Deadline is June 30, 2013.)
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Welcome and Introductions:
Grace Eisen, President, VF Board of Directors
Peter A. Merkel, MD, MPH, Chair, VF Symposium Speakers’ Committee
1:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Individual Disease Sessions
These sessions will focus on symptoms, treatments, side effects and concerns for your specific disease. Join other attendees for an afternoon of learning and networking.
*Additional disease sessions will be added as patients register
1:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Pediatric/Young Adults Session
The Vasculitis Foundation is proud to announce expanded offerings for our younger patients and their parents/guardians. In addition to Friday’s session, the group will also meet on Saturday. Friday’s session is an overview of vasculitis in children and we will review the disease process, potential complications, cutting edge therapies and outcomes for our pediatric patients. In addition, attendees will discuss coping mechanisms, educational concerns and helping our younger patients live successfully with vasculitis.
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Strategy sessions for the individual disease groups: Connecting the vasculitis community with the Vasculitis Foundation
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Dessert Reception
Welcome and Introductions: Steve Madincea, Chair, VF Symposium Committee
Keynote Address: Bridge Over Troubled Waters: A Survivors Guide: HOPE — Humor, Optimism, Partnership and Education”: Celeste Castillo Lee, Program Manager for Patient and Family Centered Care, Adult Services, University of Michigan Health System
Saturday, July 13, 2013
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
Latest Advances in Vasculitis Research
8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Autoimmunity and Vasculitis: Paul Monach, MD, PhD
8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. The Role of Genetics in Vasculitis: Sharon Chung, MD, MAS
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Morning Break
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Chronic Medical Effects: Phil Seo, MD
10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Vascular Issues for Patients with Vasculitis (Heart Healthy): Emile Mohler, III, MD
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon: Breakout Session #1
12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch with the Doctors
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Breakout Session #2
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Afternoon Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Breakout Session #3
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Celebration and Recognition Banquet
Sunday, July 14, 2013
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Vasculitis Foundation Annual Membership Meeting and Election of Officers
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Breakout Session #4
Latest Advances in Vasculitis Research – What it means for the vasculitis community
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Biomarkers and new translational research projects in vasculitis: Peter Grayson, MD, MSc
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Research results: Recap of the past two years: What have we learned? What does it mean for patients? Carol A. Langford, MD, MHS
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Morning Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Current clinical research trials in vasculitis: Peter A. Merkel, MD, MPH
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Questions and Answers with Drs. Grayson, Langford and Merkel
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon: Vasculitis Research: Moving Forward Together: Gary S. Hoffman, MD, MS
12:00 noon – 12:15 p.m. Wrap-up and Goodbye
Meals, educational materials, handouts and admittance to educational sessions and exhibit area, refreshment breaks and VF Symposium 2013 t-shirt!
Registration fee: $225 for VF members; $260 for non-VF members. (If you are not sure if your dues are paid in full, please contact the VF office.)
To view sessions from previous symposia, please visit the VF’s