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Dear Colleagues,


It is with great pleasure that I invite you to register for the 9th IPCRG World Conference and 1st Ibero-American Primary Care Respiratory Meeting taking place in Porto, Portugal. The conference is at the Alfândega Congress Centre and begins on Thursday 31 May 2018 at 1200hrs, finishing on Saturday 2 June 2018 at 1315hrs.


We are delighted already with the response to the conference - we had a 30% increase in the number of abstracts that were submitted demonstrating the great work that is taking place in primary care. This has further strengthened our comprehensive and ambitious programme which contains something for every family doctor and primary care led healthcare professional with an interest in respiratory medicine.


There is further information on the programme with details of how to register please click here. Whether your interest is in Asthma, COPD, Breathlessness, Research Methodology or you want to learn more about Tuberculosis or Lung Cancer, the filters on the programme pages of the website demonstrate the wide range of sessions available allowing you to select the sessions that appeal most. In May we are launching the conference App that will help you build your personalised schedule.


Taking precious time away from your practice can only be justified if you gain from the experience both educationally and socially. We have worked hard with a team of primary care colleagues to produce a programme that addresses many of the issues you face daily. The theme of the conference is Respiratory Health: Adding Value in a Resource Constrained World. Opening the conference is Professor Rafael Bengoa from Bilboa.  Professor Bengoa practiced in both primary and secondary care and he leads a strong international faculty, that will educate and inspire you whatever your interest in respiratory medicine and whatever role you do with patients.


Delegates will attend from all over the world and we are offering a unique opportunity to network with like-minded individuals who are working hard to improve the care they are offering people with respiratory conditions.


An Ibero-American track runs throughout the programme in Portuguese. Whilst the official language of the conference is English, there will always be a session available either in Portuguese or simultaneous interpretation will be available.

Porto, Portugal's second city, is a UNESCO World Heritage site characterised by medieval townhouses, gothic palaces and baroque churches. Porto was deservedly voted the best European Destination in 2017 and is served by 23 different airlines with many budget airlines offering a regular, inexpensive flight service. There is a great deal to do and see in Porto that will both thrill and surprise you!

Further information about travel, accommodation and visa requirements can be found at

We look forward to welcoming you to Porto in May as we share learning, network with colleagues old and new and take the opportunity to re-fresh our thinking about how we deliver the best respiratory care possible to our patients in primary care.


Best wishes,

Dr Luis Alves





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