Current research study for the Vasculitis Foundation
Investigator: Katherine A. Siminovitch, M.D.
Location: Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Timeline: March 1, 2004 – ongoing
Wegener’s granulomatosis (WG) is a multisystem, necrotizing, granulomatous vasculitis that affects about 3 in every 100,000 people in the United States and is equally prevalent in males and females. Diagnosis of WG is difficult, and many physicians are unfamiliar with the condition. Thus, there is a significant unmet medical need for improved diagnostic tests. Development of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to WG has been substantially impeded by lack of understanding of the causes of WG.
What I have to say: I am really pleased with this study because I think it is helping doctors diagnose Wegener’s Granulomatosis. Without a good diagnostic test, patients can die with the disease. It is now known that this disease must be treated so that the patient can have a limited normal life. More people are getting diagnosed earlier and some of these people are living better lives than eight years ago when I was diagnosed.