The 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 ([email protected]) the VF office if you would like to apply for a scholarship.

kathyMcKinnonwithred.arrowDr. Kathy McKinnon talks about why the Michigan Patient Vasculitis Conference will feature presentations that address topics critical to patients.  Moreover, find out how and why the conference will be encourage audience interaction.

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