Bronchiectasis Patient Conference 2023

Time: 10:00 – 16:00 Central European Time (CET)

Online
12/03/2023

About the event


This year’s Bronchiectasis Patient Conference will take place online on Sunday 12 March 2023 at 10:00-16:00 CET.

The conference is for people living with bronchiectasis and their family members and carers. It is an opportunity to understand more about the disease and how to manage it. The event may also be useful to healthcare professionals and anyone with an interest in bronchiectasis.

Key sessions this year will focus on:

  • airway clearance techniques,
  • the most up-to-date research news, and
  • how bronchiectasis affects people through different life stages

Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask the speakers questions.

The sessions will be recorded and made available on this page within 2 weeks of the event.

Programme


Presentations will be from both patient and medical experts. They will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to bronchiectasis
  • Living with bronchiectasis: a practical toolkit
  • Lung and airway clearance techniques – by physiotherapists and patients
  • Latest research trials
  • Digital approaches and how they can be applied to bronchiectasis
  • Pregnancy and fertility in bronchiectasis
  • Bronchiectasis through the life stages: from childhood to older age

The programme has been developed by members of the ELF Bronchiectasis Patient Advisory Group and clinicians from EMBARC: Bronchiectasis Patient Conference 2023 Programme

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Language options


The conference will be held in English.

There will be a live automated transcription service available for attendees to follow the conference by listening or reading along in 20+ languages.

The languages available will be: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian (Bahasa), Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese.

Speakers, chairs and contributors


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Dr Liora Boehm Cohen
Israel

Liora is an internal medicine and pulmonology specialist at Soroka University Medical Center in charge of the bronchiectasis and adult CF transitional clinic. Liora is passionate about bronchiectasis and pulmonary infections.


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Professor James D Chalmers
United Kingdom

James Chalmers is Asthma and Lung UK Professor of Respiratory Research and Honorary Consultant Physician.

As Professor of Respiratory Research and group leader at the Bronchiectasis Research Centre at the University of Dundee. Chair of EMBARC, The European Bronchiectasis network., James is chief investigator on a number of multi-centre bronchiectasis trials and runs a specialist clinic for bronchiectasis patients in the East of Scotland.


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Barbara Crossley
United Kingdom

Member of ELF Bronchiectasis Patient Advisory Group


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Dr Katerina Dimakou
Greece

Katerina Dimakou is a Chest Physician, MD, PhD, FCCP and Director of 5th Respiratory Department and Director of Bronchiectasis Outpatients' Clinic, ‘’SOTIRIA” Chest Diseases Hospital of Athens.

Katerina is a member of EMBARC (The European Bronchiectasis Network) Steering Committee and the ERS bronchiectasis guidelines committee.

She is also a member of COPD and Asthma working group of the Hellenic Thoracic Society and has received distinctions and awards of the Hellenic Thoracic Society on the topic of airway diseases (Bronchiectasis, COPD, Asthma).


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Sandra Gori
Italy

Member of ELF Bronchiectasis Patient Advisory Group


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Dr Andrea Gramegna
Italy

Dr Andrea Gramegna is an assistant professor at Milan University and consultant in pulmonology at the Policlinico Hospital.

He spent a large part of his clinical activity in one of the largest Bronchiectasis programmes in Europe under the mentorship of Prof. Stefano Aliberti and has worked as a consultant in a high dependency unit treating patients with COVID-19 and severe respiratory failure.

Dr Gramegna has contributed to clinical and translational research in bronchiectasis. Recently he has been involved in the creation of a research network on NTM, both in patients with cystic fibrosis and other chronic conditions, and he has been invited to take part in the scientific board of the Italian registry of pulmonary NTM.


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Bridget Harris
United Kingdom

Member of ELF Bronchiectasis Patient Advisory Group.


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Donna Heilweil
Switzerland

Member of the ELF Bronchiectasis Patient Advisory Group


Dr Beatriz Herrero-Cortina - profile image
Dr Beatriz Herrero-Cortina
Spain

A Lecturer and Respiratory Physiotherapist with passion for airway clearance management in people with muco-obstructive diseases, in particular bronchiectasis. Beatriz works at Universidad San Jorge / Hospital Clínico Universitario Lozano Blesa , Zaragoza, Spain. Her line of research focuses on how to facilitate the implementation of airway clearance techniques as a routine treatment and how to promote long-term adherence.


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Danielle Hurvitz
Israel

Danielle is a Physiotherapist at Carmel Hospital Haifa Israel. She is Inpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Coordinator and part of the Respiratory Physiotherapist Clalit Home Treatment Team.

Danielle has a specialist interest in treatment and management of bronchiectasis within the acute and chronic settings.


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Professor Ahmed (ami) Kantar
Italy

Professor Ahmed (ami) Kantar is Head of Pediatric Unit and Pediatric Asthma and Cough Center, Istituti Ospedalieri Bergamaschi (Bergamo) and a Professor at University Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan. He currently co-chairs the ERS CRC Children's Bronchiectasis Education, Advocacy and Research Network (CHILD BEAR NET) with Professor Anne Chang. He has collaborated in developing ERS guidelines on Bronchiectasis in Children.


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Eliza Kompatsiari
Greece

Member of the ELF Bronchiectasis Patient Advisory Group


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Dr Fiona Mosgrove
United Kingdom

Dr Fiona Mosgrove is a GP with special interest in respiratory medicine. Fiona has been a GP since 2012 and works in a large practice in Aberdeen city. She began to develop a respiratory special interest in 2018, studying for a postgraduate diploma and then a masters in respiratory medicine, with a project focused on the microbiology of bronchiectasis exacerbations. She sits on the primary care respiratory society education committee, the ACT on COPD working group for Scotland and is part of the international primary care group sentinel network question and answer group.


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Dr Hilary Pinnock
United Kingdom

Hilary Pinnock is Professor of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, The University of Edinburgh. She is also involved in the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE) and the Allergy and Respiratory Research Group.


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Ed Powell
England

I was diagnosed with bronchiectasis of the middle right lobe when I was 8 years old having suffered from chronic cough and wheezing since I was five months old.

I’m now 15 and studying for my GCSE’s which I take this summer. I hope to study Sciences and Maths for A level and follow a career in some form of Human Biology / Chemistry.

I play the trumpet and sing in a variety of bands, ensembles and choirs in school and with a music school on a Saturday. I also enjoy cycling and hiking in the local countryside.


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Dr Michal Shteinberg
Israel

Michal Shteinberg received her MD and a PhD in biochemistry from the Technion- Israel institute of technology. She trained in internal medicine and pulmonology, with a Fellowship in bronchiectasis and adult CF.
Dr. Shteinberg is heading the bronchiectasis and adult CF service in the Pulmonology institute and CF center, Carmel medical center, Haifa, Israel.
She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of medicine at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and a member of the executive committee of the Israeli Pulmonology Society. Her main research interests are bronchiectasis and its overlap with other airway diseases, mainly rhinosinusitis, and connective tissue diseases, as well as adult CF. Dr. Shteinberg is a member of EMBARC management and heading Patient Activities Work package.


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Dr Arietta Spinou
United Kingdom

Dr Arietta Spinou is a Lecturer in Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Practice and Research at King’s College London, UK. She is a Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist and has extensive research experience, with a special interest in bronchiectasis.

As part of her PhD work, Dr Spinou developed the Bronchiectasis Health Questionnaire, and for the first time objectively assessed cough frequency in a group of people with bronchiectasis.
Currently, Dr Spinou co-leads the ERS Task Force for the airway clearance techniques in bronchiectasis.


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This event is supported by EMBARC, a pan-European network committed to promoting clinical research and education in bronchiectasis.

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EMBARC is a European Respirtory Society (ERS) CLinical Research Collaboration (CRC) in the field of bronchiectasis. Clinicians from EMBARC have been involved in the planning of this event. ELF received funding from EMBARC to hold this event.

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ERN-LUNG is the European Reference Network for rare respiratory diseases. It is a network of European patients and healthcare providers dedicated to ensuring and promoting excellence in care and research to the benefit of patients affected by rare respiratory diseases.

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