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.

CanVasc-CAVALI Teaching 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). Books, free for residents and physicians, were sent to every CanVasc centers.

An updated edition was printed in 2019 (800 ex.) and books were sent out again to CanVasc centers. A few are still available, and (since 2021) physicians or trainees (health care professionals only) can receive a free pdf copy (send an email to CanVasc, mentioning your professional credentials and contact info).

A 3rd edition is in preparation (EDR: Fall 2022). More information on the CAVALI dedicated page.


CanVasc started in 2020 to hold webinars on vasculitis, and continues to do so in 2022.

The last webinar was held in June 2022, with Drs. Dehghan, Junek, and Pagnoux on the ANCA workshop.

Previous recorded CanVasc webinars can be accessed 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 created NEW patient info sheets!!!

CanVasc, with Dr. J. Jiang (rheumatologist, London, ON) as the lead author, developed with Canada VF (the Canadian patient support group), new 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, ABROGATE and TAPIR 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.