Join us for our first-ever virtual conference for men living with vasculitis!

Date:  Saturday, August 7, 2021
Time:  10:00 a.m. Eastern
Where:  Zoom Virtual Conference
No registration fee but pre-registration is required.

Our “Vasculitis Man Cave Conference” will provide helpful information about the physical and emotional impact on men who live with the disease. The conference will include presentations, Q&A, and panel discussions led by our medical experts and patients.

Although the conference is focused on our male patients, everyone is welcome to attend.  We know there are many family members, spouses, partners and friends who have loved ones living with vasculitis and want to learn too. (Our Vasculitis Women’s Conference on June 12, 2021 can be viewed here.)

Click here to register. 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please note: You must register in advance and have access to a computer/tablet/mobile device and the Internet to participate. Instructions for login will be provided prior to the event via email alerts. The conference will be recorded.


Time EDT Topic Content Presenter
10 a.m. –

10:05 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions Jason Wadler
VF Board of Directors
10:05 a.m. –

10:20 a.m.

Changes and Challenges

Learning to be a patient, a partner, and parent, without perfection.  Jason Wadler
10:25 a.m. –
10:45 a.m.
Vasculitis Impact on Men’s Health


How does vasculitis impact a man’s health?  Peter Grayson, MD, M.S.c. Head, Vasculitis Translational Research Program
10:45 a.m. –
11:00 a.m.
How to be a Weekend Warrior with Vasculitis
(Panel Discussion with Q&A)
How does vasculitis impact their love of athletics and being physically active.  Brandon Hudgins, Founder, Victory Over Vasculitis

Art Diaz, VF Ambassador, NORD Rare Action Network

11:00 a.m. –
11:15 a.m.
Dealing with Emotional Impact of Vasculitis 


What is the emotional impact of vasculitis? The  impact on identity as a husband, father, worker, etc.   John Stadler, Moderator, VF Support Groups

Dan Bleicher, VF Volunteer

11:15 a.m. –

11:35 a.m.

Researchers Need More Men!  Dr. Merkel discusses the need for more men to participate in research to develop better treatments and understanding of vasculitis. Paul Brown, VPPRN Patient-Partner joins Dr. Merkel to talk about why he participates in research. Peter Merkel, MD, MPH, Chief, Division of Rheumatology, University of Pennsylvania

Paul Brown, VPPRN Patient-Partner

11:35 a.m. –

11:40 a.m.

Wrap-Up and Goodbye

The VF thanks our sponsors for supporting the 2021 VF Virtual Patient Conferences.