ERS leaders’ top picks – Daiana Stolz

Daiana Stolz is the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Education Council Chair.

She is Professor of Respiratory Medicine and a leading physician at the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland, where she leads a translational research group on inflammatory airway diseases.

Professor Stolz is a Fellow of ERS and the American College of Chest Physicians. She is a member of the editorial boards of the European Respiratory Journal and Chest and she has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, including several studies on pulmonary and systemic biomarkers for the characterisation of patients with COPD.

Q: As ERS Education Council Chair, what are you most looking forward to about this year’s virtual event?

A: This year’s Congress will be an exceptional one, as we are going to have a hybrid event with a large virtual component. Despite all COVID imposed restrictions, the Congress will bring the newest scientific from advances around the world in a one-of-a-kind virtual event that allows for interactivity among participants, speakers, and chairs. The possibility of coming into chat rooms and getting personal interactions with experts and colleagues will be a particularly exciting feature.

We have included unique practical sessions depicting live procedures such as bronchoscopic techniques and thoracic sonography directly from top European centres. In addition, we will have a new focus on applied physiology, including exercise testing and body plethysmography on patients, transmitted live from expert institutions.

I am also looking forward to our most successful formats such as the Lungs on fire sessions, discussing illustrative cases with the audience and a panel of specialists; ALERT sessions bringing up the latest randomised controlled trials that will make a change in our work; our revisiting current guidelines session and the Grand rounds. The ERS Congress has been an incredible source of knowledge and inspiration over the years – 2020 will rock it!

Q: What in your opinion will be the hot topics for airways disease specialists during this year's Congress?

A: Phenotyping of asthma and the further development of biologics are a matter of interest. The clinical management of COPD patients and the new ERS guidelines on ICS discontinuation are certainly also of relevance for clinicians. I am also expecting major knowledge advances on the association between COVID and obstructive lung disease. In any case, it is always very exciting to see brand new data being presented at the ALERT sessions for the first time and getting simultaneously published by the major scientific journals.

Q: Tell us your top three picks from the virtual Congress programme:

1. Live procedures: bronchoscopy, thoracic sonography, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, body plethysmography (daily during the Congress)

2. Lungs on fire (daily during the Congress)

3. Clinical Grand Round: revisiting current guidelines (Tuesday 8 September, 9:30–11:40 CEST)

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