We are a team of patients with vasculitis, caregivers, researchers, data specialists, and providers on a daily mission to share and learn from one another with a vision for the future in clinical vasculitis research.

Our vision is to improve the health of vasculitis patients by developing early-diagnosis methods, discovering more effective treatments, and finding cures. We are inviting thousands of patients with vasculitis, and caregivers, to come together to learn more about symptoms, share experiences, and to become a part of a research network to improve lives.

It is a whole new way of finding answers for the questions most important to YOU and other patients living with vasculitis.

Our Team

  • Peter Merkel

    Peter A. Merkel, MD, MPH

    Dr. Merkel, a rheumatologist, is the Principal Investigator of the Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium. He is a Professor of Medicine…...

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    Jennifer Gordon, PhD

    VPPRN Co-Principal Investigator Jennifer Gordon is currently serving as the co-Lead Patient-Partner in the EGPA Registry.  Dr. Gordon was diagnosed…...

  • Joyce Kullman

    Joyce A. Kullman

    Joyce Kullman began volunteering with the Vasculitis Foundation (then the Wegener’s Granulomatosis Support Group) in 1995, and became executive director…...

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    Christine Yeung

    VPPRN Network Manager Christine Yeung is the newest member of the VPPRN team.  Her previous experience in continuing medical education…...

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    Peter C. Grayson, MD, MSc

    Peter C. Grayson, MD, MSc is the principal investigator of the NIAMS Vasculitis Translational Research Program.  Dr. Grayson is a…...

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    Christian Pagnoux, MD, MPH, MSc

    Christian Pagnoux, MD, MPH, MSc is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto/Mount Sinai Hospital and an experienced member…...

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    Jason M. Springer, MD

    Dr. Springer is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology and Immunology, Department of Medicine, at Vanderbilt University Medical…...

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    Tanaz A. Kermani, MD, MS

    Tanaz A. Kermani, MD, MS is a physician who specializes in vasculitis at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr.…...

Past Leadership/Advisory Team

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    Dianne Shaw

    Past VPPRN Co-Principal Investigator Dianne Gooch Shaw was diagnosed with GPA in 1995. She is a past Board member and…...