The ERS is hosting its Annual Presidential Summit this year at the University of Ghent, Belgium from 13th -14th June entitled “A public health approach to respiratory health”.
As medical research and healthcare is becoming ever more personalised and precise, the possibility to detect and cure disease at an individual level offers unparalleled promise for patients. But this vision of healthcare can find itself pitted directly against the notion of broader public health and population level health benefits. The Summit aims to look at these contrasting positions with a view to addressing issues such as
- Is respiratory disease a particular case in terms of public health?
- What can we benefit from looking at respiratory health through the lens of public health?
- How should we identify research needs?
- How should interventions be targeted and at what level?
Summit opening: Guy Joos, ERS President
Scene setter: Public health in Europe
- Jan De Maeseneer, Director, International Centre for Primary Health Care and Family Medicine, Ghent University
- Stefan Schreck, Head of the Health Programme and Chronic Diseases’ Unit, DG SANTE European Commission
- Ricardo Baptista Leite, Member of Parliament, Portugal
Session I: Can public health control programmes work for asthma? Chair and rapporteur: Guy Brusselle
- David Strachan, Population Health Research Institute, St George’s University London
- Tari Haahtela, Helsinki University Hospital
- Antonella Muraro, European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Session II: Towards better prevention and control of COPD Chair and rapporteur: Jørgen Vestbo
- Charlotta Pisinger, Research Centre for Prevention and Health, Copenhagen University
- Judith Garcia-Aymerich, ISGlobal Barcelona
- Raymond Vanholder, European Chronic Disease Alliance
Session III: A public health approach to lung cancer Chair and rapporteur: Torsten Blum
- Nir Peled, Center for Precision Cancer Care, Davidoff Cancer Centre, Petach Tiqwa
- Mark Heffernan, Global Customer Implementation Team Lead, SAP Health, End to End Technical Lead for the ASCO CancerLinQ Project
- Eveline Scheres, Dutch Cancer Society, Chair ECL Task Force for Equal Access to Cancer Medicines
Day 2 Session I: Challenges to prevention Chair and rapporteur: Stefano Aliberti
- Pasi Penttinen, Head of Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses Programme, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
- Angelo Pan, Director Infectious Diseases Unit, Cremona Hospital
Session II: Access to medicine – case of TB Chair and rapporteur: GB Migliori
- Davide Manissero, Shionogi Inc, London
- Jean-Pierre Zellweger, TB competence centre, Swiss Lung Association, Berne