On behalf of Dr Luis Alves, Chairman of the Scientific Programme Committee for the 9th IPCRG World Conference & 1st Ibero-American Primary Care Respiratory Meeting, I invite you to register for our world conference taking place in Porto from the 31 May - 2 June 2018.
Our conference theme is Respiratory Health: Adding Value in a Resource Constrained World and our faculty comprises international teachers and trainers acknowledged to be amongst the best in the world.
We have worked hard with a team of primary care colleagues to produce a programme that addresses many of the issues you face daily. Whether your interest is in asthma, COPD, breathlessness, research methodology or you want to learn more about tuberculosis or lung cancer, we hope the wide range of sessions available will keep you interested and engaged. Our ambitious programme is outlined in more detail on the conference website though I have selected a few highlights below:
- Professor Shawn Aaron is a Professor and a Senior Scientist in Ottawa, Canada. Shawn is a respirologist with special research and clinical interests in COPD, asthma and cystic fibrosis. His research has focused on investigating acute pulmonary exacerbations of these diseases and we are delighted that he is joining us in Porto.
- From the local University of Porto, Professor Henrique Barros, Professor of Epidemiology at the Faculty of Medicine as well as President of the Institute of Public Health and President of the International Epidemiological Association.
- Many of you will have heard of Professor Jean Bousquet, Professor of Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Montpellier in France and a leading world expert on allergy. Jean was Chairman of the WHO Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases until 2013 and is co-coordinator of the Action Plan B3 of the European Innovative Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.
- We are also delighted to welcome Harry Campbell, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Edinburgh as well as Co-Director of the Global Health Unit on Respiratory Health and an expert in childhood infection in low income countries.
- Professor Lara Fairall has also accepted our invitation and she is an implementation scientist and head of the Knowledge Translation Unit at the University of Cape Town Lung Institute.
- Professor Helen Reddel, a Research Leader at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research at the University of Sydney. She is current Chair of the Science Committee of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) and we are delighted she is joining us from Australia.
This is not an exhaustive list and more detailed information on ALL speakers is on the conference website. The conference offers something for everyone concerned with improving the care of people with respiratory conditions, whatever role you play!
As we are in Porto, the Ibero-American track programme is in Portuguese and we are offering simultaneous translation from English to Portuguese in the main plenary sessions.
To register and to find out more information about the conference and the beautiful city of Porto, please visit our conference website – www.ipcrg2018.org where you will also find travel and accommodation options.
The conference emphasises interaction between participants allowing time for discussion ensuring an outstanding educational experience for everybody. Please book now to ensure you can sign up for the sessions you want to attend! The conference is always popular, and we are hoping for over 800 healthcare professionals with an interest in respiratory care.
I look forward to welcoming you to Porto next month.
Many thanks for your support.
Dr Luís Amorim Alves, Chair, Scientific Programme Committee