May 19, 2011 02:10 PM
Please join us in May at the 15th International Vasculitis & ANCA Workshop, sponsored by the UNC Kidney Center and the Thurston Arthritis Research Center.
For over 20 years, clinicians and researchers have gathered to learn from each other and pool clinical expertise and scientific inquiry to aid in the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis for patients living with vasculitis. Since the first meeting of clinicians and researchers in Denmark in 1988, the International Vasculitis and ANCA workshops have been held in many countries including the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.
In the early 1990s, clinicians and pathologists from six countries came together in the small town of Chapel Hill in North Carolina, USA to agree upon a system for naming and defining systemic vasculidities that standardized the way this group of diseases is diagnosed. Nearly two decades later, clinicians and scientists from numerous disciplines are invited to Chapel Hill for the 15th International Vasculitis & ANCA workshop.
Vasculitis affects all organ systems and often is difficult to diagnose and treat. This complex group of diseases brings together a wide variety of medical disciplines that must coordinate care to provide the best medical outcomes for these patients, including specialists in nephrology, rheumatology, pulmonology, otolaryngology, pathology and other disciplines.
The 2011 workshop will feature sessions on new basic science discoveries in autoimmunity and inflammation, new developments in the diagnosis of vasculitis, and the latest results of treatment trials. Although there will be an emphasis on ANCA disease, sessions will be devoted to many major categories of vasculitis including small, medium and large vessel vasculitis.
For more information, please visit http://www.anca2011.org