On May 13, 2015, NIAMS hosted a Twitter chat on the topic of vasculitis using the hashtag #NIHVasculitisChat. The chat focused on the various forms of vasculitis, symptoms and treatments, and current research. The audience also learned about how to participate in NIH clinical studies. Jim Witter, M.D., Ph.D., and Peter Grayson, M.D., M.Sc., served as NIAMS subject matter experts. The National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences partnered with NIAMS in the chat. Investigators from the Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium and members of the Vasculitis Foundation and American Behçet’s Disease Association also participated.
Vasculitis includes a number of autoimmune diseases that cause inflammation of the blood vessels. These diseases, which include Behçet’s disease, giant cell arteritis, and granulomatosis with polyangiitis, can affect many other organs, as well.
#NIHVasculitisChat reached 40,431 Twitter users with 713,813 impressions.