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Keynote Lectures

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Presidential Keynote: Asthma and co-morbid conditions
Speaker: Richard F. Lockey

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide an overview on the fundamentals of asthma and co-morbid condition
  • To review the scientific data which links asthma and co-morbid conditions
  • To highlight the effective advances in the diagnosis and treatment of such conditions


Use of antimicrobials to treat acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis, asthma and COPD
Speaker: Eric Bateman

Learning Objectives:

  • To explain the underlying triggers and pathomechanisms of acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis, asthma and COPD
  • To clarify the role of antibiotics in the management of acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis, asthma and COPD
  • To explain the evidence-based treatment strategies for acute exacerbations in chronic bronchitis, asthma and COPD


Asthma and immunotherapy: Past, present and future
Speaker: G. Walter Canonica

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the history of the development of immunotherapy, its mechanisms and indications
  • To review the available immunotherapy approaches
  • To review subcutaneous immunotherapy versus sublingual immunotherapy and the WAO Position Paper on Sublingual Immunotherapy

 

Plenary Sessions

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Update on Asthma and Lower Airway Co-morbidities


Epidemiology and risk factors for asthma and COPD
Giovanni Viegi

Learning Objectives:

  • To define which epidemiologic factors are unique to asthma and COPD and those that are shared
  • To review the risk factors for the development of asthma and COPD
  • To provide insight into treating patients with overlapping conditions


Severe asthma in children
Lanny Rosenwasser

Learning Objectives:

  • To identify the trigger factors for, and show the importance of, childhood asthma morbidity and mortality
  • To explain the pathophysiology of severe asthma and its consequences in children
  • To demonstrate how to identify predictors of severe asthma in children
  • To review the treatment of severe asthma in children


Pathophysiology and remodeling of asthma
Stephen T. Holgate

Learning Objectives:

  • To describe what is meant by the term "remodeling"
  • To explain when airway remodeling may begin and how it affects asthma severity and control over time
  • To review therapeutic approaches for prevention and treatment of remodeling in asthma


NHLBI: Asthma phenotypes
Richard F. Lockey

Learning Objectives:

  • To review current definitions of various asthma phenotypes
  • To present how the use of asthma phenotypes in clinical research trials may be useful
  • To explain how phenotyping can be useful in asthma diagnosis and treatment

 

Asthma & Upper Airway Co-morbidities


Asthma and allergic rhinitis: The link
Ruby Pawankar

Learning Objectives:

  • To explain the "United Airways" concept
  • To review the epidemiology and pathophysiology of the United Airways
  • To review the impact of allergic rhinitis on asthma


Asthma and evidence-based management of allergic rhinitis
G. Walter Canonica

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the treatment for allergic rhinitis in asthma
  • To provide an update on the ARIA guidelines
  • To review the clinical presentation of asthma and co-morbid allergic rhinitis


Asthma and rhinosinusitis
Michael A. Kaliner

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the epidemiology and clinical importance of rhinosinusitis
  • To explain the impact of rhinosinusitis on the lower respiratory tract
  • To provide approaches to management and treatment of rhinosinusitis


Non-allergic rhinitis and asthma
Glenis Scadding

Learning Objectives:

  • To clarify the classification and phenotypes of non-allergic rhinitis
  • To explain co-morbid asthma association with non-allergic rhinitis
  • To explain how to diagnose and treat non-allergic rhinitis

 

Asthma and Endocrine Co-morbidities


Dietary factors, obesity and pediatric asthma
Paul Greenberger

Learning Objectives:

  • To review how to differentiate between lack of conditioning in obese children from loss of asthma control
  • To consider when weight gain in childhood is most likely to contribute to asthma expression
  • To present information regarding what dietary factors may be productive in reducing asthma induction and severity


Asthma and obesity in adults
Dennis Ledford

Learning Objectives:

  • To address the question: Does obesity cause asthma or are asthmatic patients more likely to become obese?
  • To review how obesity may influence treatment choices in asthma
  • To review whether or not weight loss improves asthma control


Asthma and pregnancy
Harold Nelson

Learning Objectives:

  • To review how pregnancy may influence asthma control
  • To review which treatments are safe to use during pregnancy
  • To address the influence of parity status on asthma control and/or response to therapy


Gender and development of asthma
Robert Lemanske

Learning Objectives:

  • To review gender differences with respect to asthma expression, remission and progression
  • To consider possible endocrinological mechanisms underlying asthma disease severity as it relates to gender
  • To explain pulmonary physiologic alterations that differ by gender

 

Asthma and COPD: Present and Future Therapies


Novel therapies for asthma and COPD
Paul O'Byrne

Learning Objectives:

  • To consider whether asthma is a single disorder or different disorders
  • To address why new treatments are needed
  • To provide examples of new therapies


Future use of biologics in asthma and allergy
Lanny Rosenwasser

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide examples of their uses in chronic asthma and COPD
  • To explain what is a "biologic"
  • To describe possible side effects and short and long term benefits


Anti-IgE treatment in severe asthma
Thomas B. Casale

Learning Objectives:

  • To explain the rationale behind IgE blockade
  • To consider which patients benefit from this treatment
  • To address how to assess response to this treatment


Controversies in LABA
Stephen Peters

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide insight into adverse effects of LABAs and underlying mechanisms
  • To consider what the current evidence adds up to
  • To encourage asking the question: Should we be worried; If so, about what aspects?

 

Asthma and Atopic Eczema, Food Allergy, Anaphylaxis


Atopic eczema and respiratory allergy
Adnan Custovic

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the concept of the "atopic march"
  • To present information regarding similarities and differences in the allergic pathophysiologic response between the skin and the respiratory tract
  • To explain the clinical presentation of atopic dermatitis and its management


Asthma and food allergy
Alessandro Fiocchi

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the definition of the term "food allergy"
  • To address the relationship between food allergy and managing asthma control
  • To review the natural history of food allergy


Treatment of anaphylaxis
Richard F. Lockey

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the causative agents of anaphylaxis and the underlying mechanisms
  • To review the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis
  • To describe the diagnosis and treatment of anaphylaxis

 

Psychological and Societal Dimensions of Asthma


Developmental and behavioral problems in children and adolescents
Michael S. Blaiss

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the impact of asthma on the physical and psychological development of children and their quality-of-life
  • To consider the influence of these factors upon asthma management
  • To review special problems in adolescents with asthma


Successful models of asthma management
Louis-Philippe Boulet

Learning Objectives:

  • To emphasize the evidence base for patient self-management in asthma care
  • To describe successful models in various practice settings


Asthma as a public health concern
Giovanni Viegi

Learning Objectives:

  • To address the contribution of living environment and socio-economic status to the prevalence and burden of asthma
  • To review the impact of access to care upon the natural history of asthma and the concept of a "poverty trap"
  • To consider opportunities and methodologies for intervening in resource-poor settings


Asthma care in resource-poor settings
Mario Sanchez-Borges

Learning Objectives:

  • To review successful national and local health system interventions that address the care of asthma and allergies at the community level
  • To consider different models and successful examples of care for asthma and respiratory allergies in resource-poor settings

 

Symposia

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Update on Asthma Research and Clinical Practice

Learning Objectives:

  • To define asthma exacerbations and their relevance to future risk and impairment
  • To explain the concept of asthma "control"
  • To review various approaches for the recognition and treatment of difficult-to-control asthma


Asthma control: Setting goals
Eric Bateman

Learning Objectives:

  • To review current thinking on what defines acceptable asthma control
  • To review tools that are available to evaluate control
  • To review how to set goals to achieve asthma control


Difficult-to-control asthma
Paul O'Byrne

Learning Objectives:

  • To define "difficult-to-control asthma"
  • To describe populations that may be at particular risk
  • To review the natural history of difficult-to-control asthma


Asthma exacerbation and reducing emergency room visits
Tari Haahtela

Learning Objectives:

  • To review what constitutes an asthma exacerbation
  • To describe common factors that trigger asthma exacerbations both in children and adults
  • To explain how prevention of exacerbations may reduce loss of lung function over time

 

Asthma and Co-morbidities

Learning Objectives:

  • To review co-morbid conditions that may manifest as asthma
  • To address the relationship between systemic disorders and asthma and its treatment
  • To describe diagnostic implications


Asthma and rheumatic disorders and vasculitis
Lanny Rosenwasser

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide an understanding of other immunological conditions that manifest as asthma
  • To show when to be suspicious of systemic causes
  • To explain the relationship between the management of connective tissue and vasculitic disorders


Asthma and osteoporosis and osteopenia
Dennis Ledford

Learning Objectives:

  • To review factors influencing bone density in allergic disease and naturally
  • To identify the factors involved in inhaled corticosteroids and growth in children and osteoporosis in adults
  • To discuss management of bone disorders in asthma and allied disorders


Asthma in the elite athlete
Sergio Bonini

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn how to assess allergic disease in athletes and its impact on sporting activity
  • To review implications of EIA in competitive sports individuals
  • To discuss the prevention and management of allergic disease in athletes

 

Asthma and Upper Airway Co-morbidities: Research and Clinical Practice Updates


Asthma, rhinosinusitis and otitis media with effusion
Ruby Pawankar

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide knowledge of different types of disorders and underlying mechanisms
  • To review the impact of co-morbidity
  • To review approaches to the management of these disorders


Practical aspects of managing asthma and rhinosinusitis in the clinic
Michael A. Kaliner

Learning Objectives:

  • To emphasize the importance of obtaining a clear diagnosis
  • To review the approaches to therapy including for severe disease


Asthma and nasal polyps
Hae-Sim Park

Learning Objectives:

  • To explain the mechanisms of polyp formation including pathology and risk factors
  • To review the diagnosis of nasal polyposis
  • To review treatment options and prevention of recurrence


Asthma and aspirin sensitivity
Marek L. Kowalski

Learning Objectives:

  • To explain the proposed mechanisms of aspirin-intolerant asthma
  • To explain how to diagnose aspirin-intolerant asthma
  • To review the management of aspirin-intolerant asthma

 

Asthma in the Elderly


Asthma and co-morbidities in the elderly
Neil Barnes

Learning Objectives:

  • To recognize the importance and high prevalence of asthma in the elderly
  • To consider clinical presentations of asthma and common co-morbidities such as, heart failure, diabetes, hypertension, GERD, and ways of assessing their relative contributions


Life-long asthma and its relationship to COPD
Stephen T. Holgate

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the effects of life-long asthma in the elderly and how it differs from COPD
  • To explore methods for distinguishing asthma from COPD, clinically and in the laboratory


Overcoming gaps and optimizing management of asthma in the elderly
Louis-Philippe Boulet

Learning Objectives:

  • To consider challenges in treating asthma in the elderly and ways of overcoming these challenges
  • To review the goals for asthma management and monitoring of outcomes in the elderly
  • To consider the problems of drug interactions in the elderly

 

Middle East Asia Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Congress Symposium:
Asthma and Upper Airway Co-morbidities in the Gulf and Near East


Genetics of asthma
Saleh Al-Muhsen

Learning Objective:

  • To provide an understanding of the regional characteristics of the genetics, clinical phenotypes and therapeutic responses of asthma and co-morbid allergies


Triggers of childhood asthma
Zeina Baz

Learning Objective:

  • To provide an understanding of the regional triggers and risk factors of childhood asthma


Asthma and rhinitis
Mona Al-Ahmad

Learning Objective:

  • To review the epidemiology, risk factors of asthma and co-morbid allergic rhinitis


Asthma and sleep disorders
Ashraf Al Zaaibi

Learning Objective:

  • To review the relationship between asthma and obstructive sleep apnea in the region and the management strategies

 

Asthma and Upper Airway Co-morbidities: Looking Ahead


Asthma and vocal cord dysfunction
Dennis Ledford

Learning Objective:

  • To review functional upper airway disorders, their mechanisms, relationship with asthma, diagnosis and management


Asthma, GERD and laryngeal pharyngeal reflux (LPR)
Richard F. Lockey

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the epidemiology of GERD and its relationship with asthma
  • To explain the mechanisms underlying GERD and LPR in the asthmatic
  • To show how to investigate for GERD and LPR in the asthmatics: Who, when and how?
  • To review treatment for GERD and LPR in asthma and outcomes


Asthma and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
Fulvio Braido

Learning Objectives:

  • To explore the relationship between asthma and OSA
  • To review disturbed sleep in asthma and approaches to its management

 

An Overview of Pediatric Asthma


Wheezing pre-asthma phenotypes in pre-school children
Robert Lemanske

Learning Objectives:

  • To describe the various wheezing phenotypes and their relationship to asthma expression in later childhood
  • To explain what factors are most influential in early life that predict asthma risk in school-aged children
  • To consider the contribution of both genetic and environmental factors to childhood asthma


Asthma and allergies in school-age children and adolescents
Carlos E. Baena-Cagnani

Learning Objectives:

  • To define the terms "atopic" and "allergic sensitization"
  • To review at what age immediate hypersensitivity testing can be performed and interpreted
  • To explain the contribution of aeroallergens to asthma pathogenesis


Prevention of pediatric asthma and allergies
Tari Haahtela

Learning Objectives:

  • To review strategies for the prevention of allergic sensitization
  • To discuss issues related to the use of probiotics
  • To address what factors may be relevant to the prevention of asthma

 

Asthma, Endocrine Disorders and Iatrogenesis


Asthma treatment and the HPA axis
Paul Greenberger

Learning Objectives:

  • To review HPA axis suppression and its clinical significance in adults and children
  • To describe methods for diagnosing HPA axis suppression
  • To explain the implication on selection of treatment for asthma and allergic diseases


Asthma and endocrine disorders
Dennis Ledford

Learning Objectives:

  • To describe associations between diabetes, obesity and asthma, and the special considerations in their management
  • To describe associations between thyrotoxicosis and asthma and implications for treatment


Asthma co-morbidities in pregnancy
Sandra González-Díaz

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide an update on the relationship between asthma and pregnancy
  • To review the management of asthma during pregnancy with special emphasis on safety of treatment

 

New Concepts in Severe Asthma


Asthma phenotypes: A clinically useful concept
Adnan Custovic

Learning Objective:

  • To consider the potential of an understanding of phenotyping upon the design of new treatments and new strategies in asthma management


Defining and diagnosing severe asthma
Eric Bateman

Learning Objective:

  • To review new definitions of severe asthma (WHO; ERS/ATS Task Force on Severity and Control) and their clinical implications for the practitioner


Small airways disease in asthma
WAO Small Airways Diseases Working Group Lecture

Stephen Peters

Learning Objectives:

  • To define small airway function in asthma
  • To review pathophysiological alterations that are unique to small airway
  • To assess therapies that are targeted to the small airway

 

Sanofi-Aventis Symposium - Allergic Airways Diseases: From the Evidence to Clinical Practice


Burden of allergic diseases in Middle East countries
Faheem Tadros

Learning Objective:

  • To highlight the increase of allergic rhinitis and comorbidities and their impact on the burden of disease in the Middle East region


From clinical evidence to real practice
Carlos E. Baena-Cagnani

Learning Objectives:

  • To increase knowledge and awareness of current, evidence-based best practices in allergic rhinitis and co-morbidities
  • To learn how to turn management practices into routine clinical practice


Allergic airways diseases: Evidence-based medicine
G. Walter Canonica

Learning Objective:

  • To outline the clinical evidence of available medications for the management of allergic rhinitis (fexofenadine)

 

Immunotherapy and Immune Modulators in Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis


Subcutaneous immunotherapy
Harold Nelson

Learning Objectives:

  • To review subcutaneous immunotherapy techniques and their risks and benefits
  • To identify immune mechanisms related to benefits derived from immunotherapy
  • To review data that suggests that immunotherapy in early life may alter asthma expression and severity


Sublingual immunotherapy for patients with allergic rhinitis and asthma
G. Walter Canonica

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the technique of sublingual immunotherapy for types and doses of allergens administered
  • To explain the risks and the benefits of sublingual immunotherapy
  • To identify patient populations that would be appropriate targets for this type of therapy


Novel strategies and future directions in immunotherapy
Glenis Scadding

Learning Objectives:

  • To address how to improve the effectiveness and safety of immunotherapy
  • To review new therapeutic entities in trial
  • To consider the implications of immunotherapy for the allergic march in children

 

European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Symposium:
The Multiple Faces of Asthma


The three dimensions of asthma: Asthma type, asthma severity and asthma personality
Jan Lötvall

Learning Objectives:

  • To discuss the concept of asthma being a syndrome consisting of several subgroups of disease each expressing separate phenotypic characteristics
  • To give examples of subgroups that may have distinct pathophysiological mechanisms
  • To present factors that are related to severity of asthma regardless of subgroup


Immunological mechanisms of asthma phenotypes
J. Christian Virchow

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the role of various immune and inflammatory cells in asthma phenotypes
  • To discuss immunological mechanisms that have helped to increase understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of asthma


Environmental influences on asthma and allergy phenotypes
Ömer Kalayci

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the basic mechanisms underlying the complex genetic diseases
  • To define gene-environment interaction
  • To identify the specific gene-environment interactions that are relevant in allergic diseases and asthma
  • To explain the effect of smoke exposure that is modulated by the genetic variants
  • To show how genes explain the diverse effects of endotoxin exposure in humans

 

Asthma and COPD


Biomarkers in the assessment of asthma and COPD
Louis-Philippe Boulet

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide insight into how disordered cell and molecular processes in these diseases can be used as diagnostic and prognostic tests
  • To offer new knowledge about methods used to find biomarkers related to disease mechanisms
  • To provide examples of biomarkers that influence the stratification of these diseases


Diagnosing and managing asthma and COPD
Neil Barnes

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide updates on new methods that help in diagnosis of lung diseases
  • To show how treatments for these conditions can be tailored to individual patient needs
  • To explain about the control of underlying disease processes and exacerbations


Smoking cessation
Riccardo Polosa

Learning Objectives:

  • To explain how active and passive smoke exposure influences asthma and COPD
  • To provide insight into different ways that people can be encouraged to quit smoking
  • To identify how best to maintain non-smoking in a previously habitual smoker


Allergen avoidance strategies to reduce morbidity in asthma
Adnan Custovic

Learning Objectives:

  • To review allergen avoidance strategies: Those that work and those that do not
  • To review avoidance of drugs and selected domestic and occupational triggers
  • To describe unusual forms of asthma
  • To consider the role of vaccination against influenza and other specific and non-specific antibacterial measures

 

Asthma and Ocular Allergy Co-morbidity


Epidemiology and pathomechanisms of ocular allergy
Michael S. Blaiss

Learning Objectives:

  • To describe the cellular, mediator and cytokine mechanisms of both acute and chronic allergic eye disease
  • To explain how to connect mechanisms to prognosis and treatment


Asthma and rhinoconjunctivitis co-morbidity and quality-of-life
Fulvio Braido

Learning Objectives:

  • To explain how allergic conjunctivitis can impact not only symptoms of asthma but also quality-of-life measures
  • To review the concept of the upper and lower airways expressing allergic responses together


Treating the ocular component of allergic rhinoconjunctivitis
Sergio Bonini

Learning Objectives:

  • To describe the treatment options, with guidelines for their use, of this condition in its various stages of severity and chronicity
  • To explain in detail the "United Airways" concept

 

Asthma and Viral Infections


Early viral infections: Their role in the development of asthma
Robert Lemanske

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the contribution of viral respiratory tract infections to pre-school wheezing
  • To explain the role of rhinovirus infections in asthma risk
  • To compare and contrast RS V versus rhinovirus infections in early childhood and their impact on the development of childhood asthma


Managing the wheezing infant
Alessandro Fiocchi

Learning Objectives:

  • To describe the various wheezing phenotypes
  • To review information regarding how to identify the likelihood of asthma developing in children who wheeze early in life
  • To present data regarding whether early recognition and treatment of pre-school wheezing can prevent the development of asthma


Non-viral triggers of asthma exacerbation
Louis-Philippe Boulet

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the factors that trigger exacerbations of asthma in addition to viruses
  • To present data as to the relative importance of various non viral triggering factors in disease management (both prevention and intervention)
  • To consider whether various triggering mechanisms induce different pathophysiologic changes

 

Asthma and Chest Co-morbidities in the Middle East


Asthma management strategies in the Middle East
Majdi Idrees

Learning Objective:

  • To review asthma management strategies in the region


The impact of olive pollens on allergy and asthma in Jordan
Hani Ababneh

Learning Objective:

  • To discuss how the stopping of culturing olive trees inside the city increases the allergy, especially in children
  • To review how olive pollens during pollinosis (May to June) trigger asthmatic attacks in allergic and asthmatic patients and to explain why these patients should avoid exposure to these pollens during pollinosis


Monoclonal antibodies in asthma therapy - Middle East perspective
Yehia El-Gamal

Learning Objective:

  • To review the role of monoclonal antibodies in asthma management in the region

 

Asthma and Concomitant Chest Diseases


Occupational rhinitis and asthma
Hae-Sim Park

Learning Objectives:

  • To consider guidelines for the diagnosis and management of occupational asthma and rhinitis
  • To provide a discussion on the mechanisms of the disease


Asthma, cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis
Neil Barnes

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the role of allergy in cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis and the development of asthma
  • To consider the role of allergy and asthma in the pathogenesis of bronchiectasis including bronchopulmonary aspergillosis


Cough variant asthma
Pramod Kelkar

Learning Objectives:

  • To explain cough as a symptom of asthma
  • To show how to recognize the entity of cough variant asthma and consider approaches to its diagnosis and management

 

Hereditary Angioedema (HAE): Spotlight on the Latest Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment


Clinical presentation and differential diagnosis
Timothy J. Craig

Learning Objectives:

  • To be able to appreciate the effect HAE has on patients with this disorder
  • To be able to recognize and diagnose the HAE
  • To improve patient care and outcomes


Treatment options for HAE
Konrad Bork

Learning Objectives:

  • To recognize the symptoms of hereditary angioedema due to C1 inhibitor deficiency
  • To identify to goals of treatment
  • To highlight the treatment options for acute attacks and long-term prophylaxis

 

Postgraduate Courses

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Spirometry

Learning Objectives:

  • To define what constitutes accurate and adequate spirometric assessment
  • To discuss how spirometry performance and interpretation differ depending on age
  • To review how pulmonary-function assessment compares with other outcome measures in asthma

Speakers:
Omar Al Rawas
Thomas B. Casale
Stephen Peters

 

Exhaled NO and Other Markers of Inflammation

Learning Objectives:

  • To highlight the importance of monitoring airway inflammation for improved asthma control
  • To show how exhaled nitric oxide serves as a biomarker for airway inflammation
  • To review the clinical applications of measuring exhaled nitric oxide

Speaker:
Myron Zitt

 

Managing Smoking Cessation Clinics

Learning Objectives:

  • To review best practices on how and where to set up such clinics
  • To discuss what management approaches work best and why
  • To discuss effective ways to ensure adherence to non-smoking

Speakers:
Bassam Mahboub
Riccardo Polosa
Giovanni Viegi

 

Nasal Endoscopy and Challenge Tests

Learning Objectives:

  • To demonstrate how to use these practical procedures to yield reproducible results
  • To show how to assess the outcomes of these tests and best use them in the clinic
  • To explain when to opt for a challenge test

Speakers:
Abdulla Ibrahim
Dennis Ledford
Ruby Pawankar

 

Aspirin Desensitization

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the principles of aspirin desensitization
  • To demonstrate how to assess correctly when it is indicated
  • To review the mechanisms of aspirin desensitization and what are its short and long-term outcomes

Speakers:
Marek L. Kowalski
Hae-Sim ParkM

 

Sputum Analysis/BAL Analysis

Learning Objectives:

  • To explain the advantages and disadvantages of sputum versus BAL analyses
  • To present data regarding what biomarkers in either sputum or BAL may be useful for clinical monitoring
  • To discuss the age groups in which sputum induction can be performed and interpreted

Speakers:
Neil Barnes
Louis-Philippe Boulet
Paul O'Byrne

 

Inhalation Devices

Learning Objectives:

  • To review various asthma medication delivery systems relevant to age
  • To show how HFA propellants may affect drug delivery from MDIs
  • To provide insight into spacers and their importance in drug delivery

Speakers:
Suleiman Al Hammadi
Sandra González-Díaz
Pramod Kelkar

 

Investigating and Managing Upper Airway Disorders

Learning Objectives:

  • To demonstrate examination techniques, including rhinolaryngoscopy, for upper airway disorders
  • To illustrate common pathologies, including the causes of sleep-disordered breathing of upper airway disorders

Speakers:
G. Walter Canonica
Ömer Kalayci
Michael A. Kaliner

 

Asthma Self-management (SM) Plans

Learning Objectives:

  • To emphasize the importance of patient self-management plans for asthma
  • To provide examples of SM plans for use in children, adolescents and adults in different practice settings
  • To review the impact of illiteracy, resource limitation and other barriers to self-management

Speakers:
Ignacio J. Ansotegui
Tari Haahtela
Nizar Kherallah

 

CPAP and Sleep Disorders

Learning Objectives:

  • To explain better the physiology and pathophysiology of obstructive sleep apnea and its consequences
  • To emphasize the magnitude of the clinical problem
  • To make familiar the practical aspects of treatment techniques
  • To identify unmet needs

Speaker:
Fulvio Braido

 

Clinical Methods for Distinguishing COPD and Asthma

Learning Objectives:

  • To review different methods for distinguishing asthma from COPD in different practice settings, including the role of screening questionnaires, and lung function and allergy tests
  • To review and discuss the role of clinical trials of therapy and monitoring of outcomes in asthma/COPD

Speakers:
Hatem Al Ameri
Eric Bateman
Stephen Peters

 

Dietary Factors and Weight Management

Learning Objectives:

  • To review appropriate dietary management in preschool children
  • To provide updates on the use of probiotics in disease prevention
  • To present information regarding what dietary and/or behavioral interventions are most successful in achieving appropriate weight control

Speakers:
Michael S. Blaiss
Paul Greenberger

 

Practical Aspects of Managing Rhinitis and Asthma in Children

Learning Objectives:

  • To explain the process of diagnosis of rhinitis and asthma in children
  • To make familiar the specifics of treatment of rhinitis and asthma in children, especially in relation to safety, efficacy and easy administration toward better compliance
  • To identify specifics of disease that may be related to region

Speakers:
Salem Al Tamemi
Carlos E. Baena-Cagnani
Michael S. Blaiss

 

Role of Bone Scanning in Asthma and Osteoporosis

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the different methods used to assess bone density
  • To review the risks and benefits of bone density assessments

Speakers:
Dennis Ledford
Richard F. Lockey

 

Asthma Control Measures in Research and Clinical Practice

Learning Objectives:

  • To review and compare validated measures for assessing asthma control
  • To provide practical advice on their use in clinical research and in various clinical care settings
  • To show the relationship between current control and "future" risk and its implications for care and setting treatment goals

Speakers:
Sergio Bonini
Paul O'Byrne

 

Food Allergy: Diagnosis and Treatment

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide insight into diagnosing food allergy (IgE testing and food challenge)
  • To explain how to cope with allergic reactions (including anaphylaxis) induced by food allergy
  • To understand the role of "oral immunotherapy" for food allergy

Speakers:
Sami Bahna
Motohiro Ebisawa
Alessandro Fiocchi

 

Managing Chronic Cough

Learning Objective:

  • To demonstrate the combined diagnostic/therapeutic approach to chronic cough

Speakers:
Pramod Kelkar
Riccardo Polosa

 

Optimizing Asthma Management & Treatment through Behavior Modification

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide insight into reasons for non-compliance in asthma therapy, including patient fears
  • To review effective ways of enhancing treatment compliance at different ages

Speakers:
Fulvio Braido
Harold Nelson
Mario Sanchez-Borges

 

When and How to Use Epinephrine / Treatment of Anaphylaxis

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the mechanisms by which epinephrine reduces the symptoms of anaphylaxis
  • To present appropriate dosing and route of administration of epinephrine
  • To discuss when epinephrine should or should not be given to school children with a history of "anaphylaxis"

Speakers:
Richard F. Lockey
Myron Zitt

 

Bronchial Provocation Tests in Adults and Children

Learning Objectives:

  • To describe different forms of bronchial provocation tests and their uses
  • To provide practical advice on their selection and conduct
  • To review the safety and interpretation of bronchial provocation tests

Speakers:
Ömer Kalayci
Lanny Rosenwasser

 

Asthma Education

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the definitions of asthma severity and control
  • To reinforce the concept of current asthma impairment versus future asthma risk
  • To identify communication barriers that impair both short and long term asthma education

Speakers:
Tari Haahtela
Michael A. Kaliner
Tatiana Slavyanskaya

 

Skin Testing: Theory and Practice

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the use of skin testing for allergy
  • To review the approved methods of skin testing
  • To discuss ways to improve skin testing

Speakers:
Sami Bahna
Sandra González-Díaz
Fares Zaitoun

 

Practical Aspects of Immunotherapy

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the process of how to select patients for immunotherapy
  • To explain the methodology of immunotherapy and who should administer it to the patient
  • To review the risks and benefits of the different types of immunotherapy

Speakers:
G. Walter Canonica
Harold Nelson

 

Preventing Asthma Exacerbations

Learning Objectives:

  • To address the question: What defines an asthma exacerbation versus loss of asthma control?
  • To discuss which patients may be at increased risk for exacerbations
  • To review why reducing exacerbation frequency may be important in terms of long term consequences (i.e., loss of lung function)

Speakers:
Thomas B. Casale
Nizar Kherallah
Marek L. Kowalski