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The VF Welcomes Jocelyn Ashford to the Board of Directors

Jocelyn Ashford wanted to serve on the VF’s Board of Directors because she has always appreciated the thoughtful, collaborative, and practical approach the VF has taken in addressing the needs of the vasculitis community. She feels that the VF is open to trying new approaches, considers new angles, and makes…...

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ANCA-associated Vasculitis

An August 2020 article in Nature Reviews discusses the many aspects of anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV)—a group of autoimmune diseases (granulomatosis with polyangiitis, eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis, and microscopic polyangiitis) that causes blood vessels to swell. The vessels involved in AAV are typically capillaries, arterioles and venules but small…...

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ChemoCentryx Announces Publication in The New England Journal of Medicine of Results of the Pivotal Phase III ADVOCATE Trial of Avacopan for the Treatment of ANCA-Associated Vasculitis

February 17, 2021 17:00 ET | Source: ChemoCentryx, Inc. — Treatment with avacopan in the absence of daily oral prednisone led to remission at week 26 and superiority in sustaining remission at 52 weeks compared to the prednisone group — — Avacopan’s effects on kidney function, patient Quality of Life,…...

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VF Awards Research Grant to Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine Physician at OSU

Lynn A. Fussner, MD, Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University (OSU), Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, has been awarded a one-year grant from the Vasculitis Foundation (VF) for her study, “Role of Monocytes and Alpha-1 Antitrypsin in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis.” Dr. Fussner’s goal is to identify better…...

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Leading Vasculitis Physician-Scientist Receives Covid-19 Vaccine

Dr. Peter Merkel, Director of the University of Pennsylvania Vasculitis Center and Co-Principal Investigator of the Vasculitis Patient-Powered Research Network, received his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine just before New Year’s Eve.  Dr. Merkel says “I am excited that the vaccine will become increasingly available to everyone, especially patients…...

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