Vasculitis Foundation Canada

By Jon Stewart

VFC announces the 2020 Annual Fall Lectures. Eight Lectures – Ten Doctors on Vasculitis via ZOOM over four weekends starting Saturday, October 17 through Sunday, November 15, 2020. Join lecture host, and speaker, Dr. Nataliya Milman in Ottawa, guest speaker Dr. John Stone in Boston and then follow us as we ZOOM to 8 more vasculitis doctors in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver!

Register today and don’t miss it!

VFC has long recognized that patient education is a critical part of our mission, and with your participation we shall continue to help improve your care, we’ll find new ways to control vasculitis and of course, together we will find the cause, and the ultimately the cure.

This falls lectures have been organized with the assistance of Dr. Nataliya Milman in Ottawa and VFC is pleased to host ten top speakers who will speak to issues of interest for vasculitis patients and care givers alike. Our speakers will be:

Dr. Nataliya Milman is this year’s VFC lecture host, speaker, and Assistant Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, The Ottawa Hospital / University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON. She will offer some insight into the Ottawa Vasculitis Clinic and related vasculitis research in Ottawa.

Dr. John Stone is a Rheumatologist at Boston Medical and Rheumatologic, Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Stone will speak on the Myths and Pearls in vasculitis! And, he should know as he has an interesting vasculitis background with unique experience.

Dr. Christian Pagnoux, is a key member of the Toronto Vasculitis Clinic at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He is co-founder of CanVasc, Canada’s clinical and vasculitis research network, and author, or co-author, of numerous vasculitis papers including the Canadian ANCA Associated Vasculitis Treatment Guidelines.

Dr. Katherine Siminovitch is a Senior Investigator at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. We believe she was the first to collect patient, and family, DNA samples in Cambridge, Ontario in the Spring of 2001, and then embark on the genetic study of vasculitis. She continues to make numerous and meaningful contributions to the worlds understanding of vasculitis genetics and GPA and MPA in particular.

Dr’s.: Christian Pagnoux, Nader Khalidi, Stephane Garner, Matts Junec and Katherine Siminovitch will reconvene after our spring lecture on Vasculitis and COVID-19 for the Part 2 version with new knowledge and experience to help understand the ongoing battle with COVID-19, and Vasculitis and COVID-`19 in particular.

Dr. Todd Fairhead works with Dr. Milman and is Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology, Medical Director Glomerulonephritis Clinic, The Ottawa Hospital / University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON. He will give us an overview of Ottawa’s glomerulonephritis clinic and some insight into kidney vasculitis, the PEXIVAS trial results and its implications for patients.

Dr. Natasha Dehghan is Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Rheumatology, University of British Columbia, Medical Lead, Mary Pack Arthritis Program, Vasculitis Clinics, Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver, B.C. Dr. Dehghan will present a review of two Large Vessel Vasculitis (LVV), diseases, namely Giant Cell Arteritis, or GCA, and Takayasu’s Arteritis, or TAK.

Dr. Rowena Ridout, is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Associate Director Osteoporosis Clinic, Toronto General Hospital. Osteoporosis affects almost all vasculitis patients to some degree, especially those who rely on steroids as part of their treatment. This session will cover everything you need to know about osteoporosis.

Each lecture includes time for lecture related questions.

The complete 2020 Lecture Program is available in PDF format here

Vasculitis Foundation Canada members whose 2020 membership is current attend any, or all, lectures for free!

VFC members who need to renew their annual memberships, and non-VFC members, should pay online for a $20.00 annual membership and then attend any, or all, lectures for free.

Register now by following this link

For questions on Membership, or to check the status of your current membership, please send an email to: [email protected]