International Vasculitis Day: Dispelling Myths and Empowering Individuals for Better Condition Management

Published: 26 May, 2023


Bottom row centre, Dr. Margaret Dunne facilitating an online panel discussion on living with vasculitis.

On the annual occasion of International Vasculitis Day, medical professionals, patients, and advocates from around the globe congregated with a shared objective—to dispel myths surrounding vasculitis and empower individuals with knowledge for effective condition management. The day served as a platform for raising awareness, promoting understanding, and fostering a supportive community for those impacted by this complex group of diseases.

Expert speakers, renowned researchers, and healthcare providers took center stage with a ‘Question Time Webinar’ as part of the European Reference Network that aims at improving the care of patients with Rare Immunological Disorders  (ERN RITA), addressing misconceptions that have often shrouded vasculitis. Dr. Margaret Dunne, of the School of Chemical & BioPharmaceutical Sciences, acted as the facilitator for the online event. With empathy and clarity, the panel sought to dismantle the walls of confusion and fear, replacing them with a solid foundation of accurate information. The speakers tackled common myths, such as vasculitis being contagious or solely affecting the elderly, enlightening attendees on the diverse manifestations and demographics of the condition.

Furthermore, the event showcased success stories of individuals who have effectively managed their vasculitis, demonstrating that it is possible to lead fulfilling lives despite the challenges posed by the disease. Personal narratives provided hope and inspiration, emphasizing the importance of early diagnosis, appropriate treatment, and ongoing support networks.

You can view a recording of the event here.