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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