Patient & Family Sessions

Calgary Vasculitis Patient & Family Forum

The Patient and Parent Forum is an evening of information and connecting with other patients and parents of children living with vasculitis while posing questions to a panel of vasculitis experts.

Our panel of experts include a combination of local and guest adult and paediatric nephrologists and rheumatologists.

Dinner is included. 

This event is open to all individuals living with vasculitis and families, both adult and pediatric.  

Calgary Vasculitis Patient Information Sessions

In addition to the Patient & Parent Forum, we will be offering a variety of information sessions on various aspects of Vasculitis. These session will be presented by our Allied Health Experts: Dietitians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Social Workers and a Psychologist.


The goal of this initiative is to give patients and their families the opportunity to hear from Allied Health Experts, which would not normally be a part of routine appointments. Each session will include a question and answer periods.

If you would be interested in any of the 30 minute sessions, please see below for a description of each session available and to sign up.

2019 Patient Information Sessions

Diet and Health for Vasculitis Patients

4:00 pm

Conference Room 3

Presented by Joanna Lapthorne, Pediatric Registered Dietitian

Prednisone and its Aftermath

4:30 pm

Conference Room 3

Presented by Carlie Thorsen, Adult Nephrology Pharmacist

Treating Vasculitis: Not Only About Kidneys

5:00 pm

Conference Room 3

Presented by Sumeet Dhaliwal, Adult Nephrology Nurse Practitioner

Living Well with Vasculitis

5:30 pm

Conference Room 3

Presented by Dr. Katie Birnie, Pediatric Rheumatology Psychologist, Jennifer Nguyen, Young Adult Rheumatology Social Worker, and Carolyn Maingot, Pediatric Nephrology Social Worker


2019 Forum Program

Registration Opens

5:30 pm


6:00 pm

Keynote Presentation: My journey with vasculitis

6:40 pm

Presented by Dawson Jarock

Expert Panel

7:00 pm

Moderator: Dr. Julian Midgley


Dr. Diane Hebert, Paediatric Nephrologist

Dr. Susa Benseler, Paediatric Rheumatologist

Dr. Louis Girard, Adult Nephrologist

Dr. Aurore Fifi-Mah, Adult Rheumatologist

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