August 9, 2013

Inaugural rare lung disease short course held in Sydney

An Australian-first gathering of scientists and medical experts in rare lung diseases started in Sydney today at the Intercontinental Hotel.

The Rare Lung Disease Short Course was designed to encourage an interactive, multidisciplinary approach with a joint focus on adult and paediatric health.

The one and half day is a joint venture between the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and Lung Foundation Australia examining the diagnosis, treatment and management of Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) and scientific research.   

The inaugural short course has proved incredibly popular, selling out before the close of early-bird registrations, and demonstrates the growing need for research and information about these rarer lung conditions which do not always receive the focus they should.

The course features presentations from International keynote speaker Professor Vincent Cottin from the University of Lyon in France and leading Australian specialists in ILD as part of an interesting program covering many of the pressing issues in the field at the moment.

Some of the topics being covered include:

* How science has changed the clinical approach to Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD);

* Current approaches to ILD;

* Advancing rare lung disease research in Australia – The next 5 years;

* Connective tissue disease associated with interstitial lung disease  (CT-ILD);

* Cystic Lung Disease;

* Adult – Diffuse Pulmonary Infiltrates;

* Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonia including Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis;

* Investigative Paediatrics;

* Management of Specific Paediatric Conditions; and

* Challenges of transitioning to adult care

This event is strongly supported by the clinical and scientific community, and would not be possible without the significant support from our sponsors.