UKIVAS Vasculitis Webinar

In News by John Geddes

The Second UKIVAS Online Educational Vasculitis Webinar for Medical Professionals

Over two days, November 17th and 18th 2021, UKIVAS, the UK & Ireland Vasculitis Study Group, teamed up in partnership with the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) to lay on their second educational webinar. Over 600 medical delegates signed up for this webinar. 

The programme ran from 8.45am to 6pm on each day.  The list of speakers included doctors from the UK, Europe, Australia & USA. Most types of vasculitis were covered. Although the webinar was courtesy of the nephrology department of the RSM, throughout, the theme was very multidisciplinary.

Day 1 – As we expected from a UKIVAS event, there was much emphasis on registries and databases. Treating and managing Vasculitis in the era of COVID19. ANCA negative Vasculitis & Auto-inflammation. Discussing other, rarer types of Vasculitis eg: Behcets Disease, Cryoglobulinemia , Get It Right First Time (GIRFT ). 

Day 2 – included a session discussing Patient Perspectives, which included presentations from John Mills – Vasculitis UK, Julie Power – All Ireland Vasculitis Support, Shanali Perera – Healing & Art. Other sessions covered: ANCA Vasculitis, IgG4 Related disease, Glucocorticoid Impact, Renal Manifestations in Children, Anti GBM, Large Vessel Vasculitis. 

This webinar was another triumph for the UKIVAS working group. Vasculitis patients certainly owe a great debt to Dr Allysson Egan and Dr Steve MacAdoo, working for UKIVAS with RSM ,who put this “virtual” vasculitis conference together, so professionally and with amazing support for each speaker. 

Susan Mills 
November 2021