In the summer of 2022, the Vasculitis Foundation had planned to host the 2022 International Vasculitis Symposium.  When news hit that COVID was still a high concern for many  of our immunocompromised patients, families, physicians, and researchers, the VF pivoted to create a series of smaller, regional one-day stops in order for our community to meet in person without traveling long distances.  Tour stops will include educational presentations along with opportunities to mingle and make new friends.  We hope to bring a conference to your area as the pandemic allows.

The VF is partnering with Vasculitis Centers and Clinics around the United States to host these conferences.  Each conference will feature different speakers and topics.  All of the speakers and attendees will be required to wear masks while at the conference, no matter what the local government regulations/guidelines state.  The VF strongly believes that wearing masks (correctly) helps protect ourselves, our loved ones, and others in our community.

Important Things to Remember:
1.  These conferences are in-person ONLY; we will not be recording the sessions and there will be no virtual component.
2.  Registration is free!
3.  Pre-registration is required for each conference.
4.  All speakers and attendees will be required to wear masks (correctly) at each conference venue. And, yes, we will be repeating this quite often.
5.  Social distancing will be encouraged and registration #s will be limited for each venue to ensure this is possible.

The series of tour stops will start in September 2022 and continue until Spring 2023.  We will be adding cities as we finalize the dates!  Here is the current list of Tour stops (as of August 15, 2022):

San Francisco/Bay Area!

Date:  Saturday, October 1, 2022
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  San Francisco/Bay Area

Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation
Don Tatzin Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, California 94549
Pre-registration is required for all conferences. The registration deadline for the Bay Area is now Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
Please note:  We are limiting registration to 90 attendees to be able to maintain social distancing.


Preliminary Schedule


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Packet Pickup and Socializing (safely!)
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome/Introductions/Road Map for the Day
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Optimizing Your Telehealth Experience
Sarah Goglin, MD, Associate Professor, Associate Director, Vasculitis Clinic, UCSF Health, San Francisco, California
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. New Treatments in Vasculitis
Sharon Chung, MD, MAS, Associate Professor, Director, Vasculitis Clinic, UCSF Health, San Francisco, California
10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Navigating the World as an Immunosuppressed Person
Audra Horomanski, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine, Immunology & Rheumatology, Stanford Health Care, Palo Alto, California
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Morning Break
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Introducing Victory Over Vasculitis (VOV)
Art Diaz, VOV Ambassador
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Vasculitis Patient-Powered Research Network (VPPRN)
Jenn Gordon, PhD, VPPRN Co-Principal Investigator
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. noon Panel Discussion with Q&A:  Drs. Chung, Goglin, Horomanski, and Suzanne DePaolis, Past-President, VF Board of Directors
12:00 p.m. Concluding Remarks
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Social Hour:  Please stay and meet your fellow vasculitis patients and family members. Light snacks will be served but not lunch.  (There are many restaurants in downtown Lafayette for lunch after the social hour!)

Kansas City, Missouri/Overland Park, Kansas!

Date:  Saturday, October 22, 2022
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location:  University of Kansas, Edwards Campus, BEST Building, 12600 Quivira Road, Overland Park, Kansas 66213

Schedule and registration coming soon! 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!

NEW DATE!  Saturday, December 10, 2022
The VF is partnering with Dr. Sebastian E. Sattui, Director of the Vasculitis Center at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 

Location:  Pittsburgh Marriott North, 100 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, 16066
Time:  12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Schedule and registration coming soon!

Past Tour Stops


Date:  Saturday, September 24, 2022
Time:  8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET

Location:  Rubenstein Auditorium (on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania)
Smilow Center for Translational Research, 3400 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Join us for in-depth discussions on:
  • What’s New at the Penn Vasculitis Center
  • Vasculitis Foundation V-BOLD Initiative – Vasculitis: Building Outcomes, Leading Discoveries
  • Vasculitis Patient-Powered Research Network (VPPRN): Research in Action
  • New Directions in Treatment:
    • ANCA-Associated Vasculitis and Other Small-Vessel Vasculitides
    • Large-Vessel Vasculitis – Giant Cell Arteritis, Takayasu’s Arteritis, and Others
Featured Sessions will include:
  • Question & Answer Session – you get to ask the experts your burning questions
  • Roundtable Discussions – these breakout sessions are designed to give you the opportunity to meet other members of the vasculitis community and learn from one another
Don’t miss out on our panel of expert faculty:
  • Peter A. Merkel, MD, MPH – Chief, Division of Rheumatology, University of Pennsylvania; Director, Penn Vasculitis Center; VPPRN Co-Principal Investigator
  • Don Nagle – Treasurer, Vasculitis Foundation
  • Jennifer Gordon, PhD – VPPRN Co-Principal Investigator
  • Shubhasree Banerjee, MD – Assistant Professor of Medicine, Penn Vasculitis Center and Division of Rheumatology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Rennie Rhee, MD, MSCE – Assistant Professor of Medicine, Penn Vasculitis Center and Division of Rheumatology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Naomi A. Amudala, CRNP, MSN – Nurse Practitioner, Penn Vasculitis Center and Division of Rheumatology, University of Pennsylvania

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. ET.

Questions regarding the Philadelphia conference?  Please contact Christine Yeung at [email protected].

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