Welcome to CanVasc

CanVasc is the Canadian network for research on vasculitides. It was created in November 2010 by Drs. Pagnoux, Carette and Khalidi. The first task was to identify referral medical centers and physicians across Canada with expertise in vasculitis  (core members, and referral centers).

Goals of CanVasc are to help conduct studies on vasculitis, provide clinical support and educational material on vasculitis for physicians and health care professionals, optimize the therapeutic management of patients with these rare diseases, and, eventually improve their outcomes, wherever they live.


Updated edition of CanVasc-CAVALI Book

CanVasc printed out in 2017 its first educational book on vasculitides (400 ex.), based on practical clinical case-scenarios, the CAVALI book (CanVasc learning initiative). An updated edition was printed in 2019 (800 ex.) and books were sent out again to CanVasc centers. A pdf copy of the second version was then also available and sent on demand to health care providers. Books, as hard copies or pdfs, were provided for free to residents and physicians.

The 3rd edition was published in early 2023! Its content was fully updated and includes 2 new cases. More information on the CAVALI dedicated page.

CanVasc recommendations for the use of avacopan in AAV: 2022 addendum

CanVasc is the first vasculitis group in the world to have developed and publish consensus recommendations on how to use avacopan in patients with severe ANCA-associated vasculitis (GPA or MPA), in the Canadian health care environment. This new drug was approved in April 2022 by Health Canada. This new set of recommendations implements the previous more global CanVasc sets, developed in 2016, and already updated once in 2019 (see Tool page here). 


CanVasc started in 2020 to hold webinars on vasculitis, and will continue to do so in 2024.

The most recent webinar was held on March 2024 with Drs. Vaglio and Pagnoux on EGPA management.  

It was recorded, and along the previous recorded CanVasc webinars, it can be accessed a few weeks after the live session on the Webinars page!

Update your knowledge on vasculitis with CanVasc online materials

Read the latest CanVasc reviews of recent articles, commented summaries of selected articles on vasculitis, watch CanVasc webinars, and download meetings presentations given by CanVasc core members.

Webinars held by CanVasc and a few presentations given by CanVasc members during past meetings.

Recommended tools such as vasculitis activity and damage scoring forms, and steroid tapering regimens.

Table summary of ongoing and recruiting studies in some Canadian centers.

CanVasc and Canada VF patient info sheets

CanVasc, with Dr. J. Jiang (rheumatologist, London, ON) as the lead author, developed with Canada VF (the Canadian patient support group) information sheets for patients on the main vasculitides and a "passport to care".

These tools should facilitate the comprehension and increase awareness about these diseases, and help for the ongoing management and care of the patients.

Review studies on vasculitis actively recruiting in Canada

Several studies on vasculitis are ongoing across the world, including in several Canadian centers. Have an overview of these latter ones, including ARAMIS, CUTIS, ABAGART and OCEAN on the study webpage and determine whether your patients could participate in any of them.

PATIENTS can also ENROLL THEMSELVES DIRECTLY into the VCRC contact registry and V-PPRN research network! Several studies are ongoing already with the participation of  North American patients, including some led by CanVasc researchers! Get more information on this very innovative way to conduct patient-driven research on the V-PPRN page.

Register to become a CanVasc member

If you are a health care provider interested in vasculitis and CanVasc activities, you can register by filling out the registration form (link below). At this time, membership is free and does not imply anything (please note that core, associated and affiliated member status are for physicians already identified by the CanVasc bureau).

You may receive occasional information by email on the CanVasc activities, meetings or studies. CanVasc is a non-profit scientific network. You will not receive any unsollicited mailing from other companies or groups.