Airway diseases

Airway diseases comprise a broad range of chronic lung diseases which are of interest to a wide variety of respiratory specialists, from clinicians and allied health professionals, to scientists and researchers.

The virtual Congress programme includes a dedicated airway diseases track that has been developed by experts in the field. The track includes a variety of activities for health professionals who are involved in the management of patients with airway diseases and for researchers with an interest in this disease area.

To view all sessions included in this specialist track, you need to access the online programme, click on 'Advanced' and select ‘Airway diseases’ from the ‘Diseases’ options. The programme can also be used to search for keywords, speakers and dates and to build your customised Congress agenda.

Hear from the ERS Airway Diseases, Asthma and COPD Assembly

We spoke to ERS officers who specialise in airway diseases to find out what you can expect from the virtual Congress and which programme highlights you should not miss. See what they told us:

Professor Antonio Spanevello, ERS Airway Diseases, Asthma and COPD Assembly Head

Q: What can professionals specialising in airway diseases expect to gain from taking part in this year's Congress?

A: Airway diseases specialists can hear and learn all scientific novelties in terms of asthma, COPD and cough during the Congress.

Q: Is there a particular session in the airway diseases track that should not be missed?

A: Participants should not miss the State-of-the-art session on airway diseases (Tuesday 8 September at 11:50–12:50 CEST), and many outstanding speakers for the late-breaking updates in airway diseases.

Dr Omar Usmani, ERS Airway Diseases, Asthma and COPD Assembly Secretary

Q: What in your opinion will be the popular topics in the airway diseases field during this year's Congress, and what will be particular highlight for you?

A: With spirometry in its 175th year, I am looking forward to the symposium 'Lung health and respiratory function through the ages' that will showcase the evolving field of respiratory physiology and also it is great to see the Hot topic 'Innovations in airway innervation: treatments for chronic cough' that will cover the important updates in the management, diagnosis and clinical trials in chronic cough. Without doubt, asthma management has seen great changes in the last year and the Hot topic symposium 'Rethinking asthma' and the State-of-the-art symposium on 'Airway diseases', will be a must for all. Personally, I aim to connect into the symposium 'Digital health: a brave new world', very relevant in our current clinical environment with increasing remote consultations, and  I hope you can join in the gladiatorial arena of the Pro/con debate on ‘Inhalers and the environment’.

* Please note that for sessions which are not linked to above, the details will be available in due course.

Dr Carolina Gotera, ERS Airway Diseases, Asthma and COPD Assembly early career representative

Q: As an early-career professional with a focus on airway diseases, why is the upcoming Congress valuable to career development?

A: To be able to attend state-of-the-art lectures coming from stakeholders on this subject is a great opportunity for me as an early career member. Moreover, to interact and share experiences with colleagues within the same interests, it’s a mainstay in my academic involvement at the ERS. This can help to increase the early career members network for further academic collaborations in the near future.

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