We are sorry. We have canceled this conference due to concerns over the coronavirus COVID-19. We will be rescheduling the conference and hope you can join us then.  Thank you for your understanding and have a good day. Please practice social distancing to protect our patients and loved ones.

2020 Vasculitis Patient and Family Regional Conference
Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel
8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland  

An ongoing goal of the VF is to provide in-person educational opportunities for patients with vasculitis, their families, friends, physicians, researchers, and industry partners. Attendees will learn about strategies for managing their disease, treatment and side effects from leading physicians with vasculitis expertise, and updates on current and future research.

Please note:  We are monitoring updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and are planning to have the conference.

Registration Fee:  $40.00/person (Lunch and breaks included)
Registration deadline:  April 14, 2020. Refunds for registration fees will be accepted until Monday, April 13, 2020. Requests must be made in writing to the VF office.


Preliminary Schedule of Events

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Registration and Networking

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
Peter Grayson, MD, MSc
Head, Vasculitis Translational Research Program, NIAMS
VF Board of Directors

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Exciting Updates on Research from the NIH Vasculitis Program
Peter Grayson, MD, MSc

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Eric J. Gapud, MD, PhD, Instructor in Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center
Topic to be announced

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Medication Management: Tips and Tricks
Vicky Ruffing, RN-BC
Director of Patient Education, The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
CBD Oil Discussion
Susie Jeurling, MD, Fellow
The Johns Hopkins Division of Rheumatology, JH

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 
Lunch (included in the registration fee)


12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
The Race Is On!
Special Guest Speaker

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Steroids:  The Good, The Bad, The Ugly 
Brendan Antiochos, MD
Instructor in Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Mindfulness for the Patient
Dana DiRenzo, MD, MHS
Instructor in Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Ear/Nose/Throat Management of Vasculitis
Marcela A. Ferrada, MD
Lawrence Shulman Scholar/NIAMS, National Institutes of Health

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Update on Recent Clinical Trials in Vasculitis
Philip Seo, MD
Director, The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center

3:00 p.m.
Looking Forward
Joyce A. Kullman, Executive Director

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Afternoon reception and Networking

Registration Fee:  $40.00/person (Lunch and breaks included)
Registration deadline:  April 14, 2020

This conference is made possible through the support of: