Living with COVID-19 – patient conference

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Together with the DRAGON project, ELF held an online patient conference focused on COVID-19 on Saturday 26 November from 10:00-13:00 CET.

The conference was co-chaired by a healthcare professional and a person who has been affected by COVID-19 and long-COVID. It featured:

  • expert presentations
  • patient experiences, and
  • the chance to ask questions to the experts.

Presentations included:

  • COVID-19: where are we now?
  • COVID-19 and people with lung conditions
  • What is long-COVID? Research findings
  • The latest treatment options for long-COVID
  • The most up-to-date information on vaccination.

The event was in English with a live translation app available on the day.

Speakers included:

  • Prof. Tobias Welte, Professor of Pulmonary Medicine and Director of the Department of Pulmonary and Infectious Diseases at Hannover University School of Medicine, Germany
  • Dr Georgia Hardavella, Consultant Respiratory Physician at Sotiria Athens Chest Diseases Hospital, Greece
  • Dr. Joan Soriano, Associate Professor of Medicine at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and at Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain
  • Dr Tracy Vannorsdall, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, USA
  • Prof. Ioannis Vogiatzis, Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences, Northumbria University, UK
  • Prof. Anita Simonds, Professor Emeritus of Respiratory & Sleep Medicine, Imperial College London, UK
  • Dr Apostolos Bossios, Associate Professor of Respiratory Medicine & Consultant Physician, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.

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This project has received funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 101005122. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and EFPIA. More information is available at:

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