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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