Symposium 2013: Closing Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gary S. Hoffman

Dr. Gary S. Hoffman, Center for Vasculitis Care and Research, and longtime VF Medical Consultant, will give the closing keynote address “Vasculitis Research: Moving Forward Together” at the 2013 Vasculitis Symposium. Dr. Hoffman will address the Vasculitis Foundation’s role in funding critical research on vasculitis and connecting the vasculitis patient community with researchers worldwide to find much-needed answers.

The Vasculitis Foundation is funding eight studies exploring different topics such as the role of miRNAs, microparticles, exome-sequencing and fertility issues in vasculitis, establishing diagnostic criteria, and the role of small molecule therapeutics in Giant cell arteritis and developing a uniform histology scoring system for Central nervous system vasculitis. The VF has also released an RFA to fund an epidemiology study to determine the economic and social impact of vasculitis on patients and their families.

On Saturday morning Dr. Hoffman will co-chair the session “Managing Remission” with Dr. Sharon Chung, from the University of California – San Francisco. This session will address concerns that patients in remission need to understand to successfully manage long-term remission.  The most important question that patients in remission ask is “How do they stay in remission?”

Dr. Hoffman is a Professor of Medicine, Lerner College of Medicine, Center for Vasculitis Care and Research, Cleveland Clinic. He is the founder and former director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Vasculitis Care and Research. Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Hoffman was the Head of Vasculitis and Related Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Hoffman has led investigations of new therapies for the treatment of the systemic vasculitides. His work includes the coordination of INSSYS-based multi-center studies of new treatments and diagnostic tools to assess vasculitis disease activity. His laboratory is studying factors that may be involved in determining organ vulnerability and selective targeting in vasculitis.

The 2013 Vasculitis Symposium will be held at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 12-14. Click here to learn more about attending the symposium.

Source: Cleveland Clinic: To read Dr. Hoffman’s complete bio and to learn more about his research interests, click here.

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