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UPMC Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine
Terri Dobransky at dobranskyta@upmc.edu
The University Club
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123 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
United States

2016 Pittsburgh-Munich International Lung Conference: Lung Immune Responses and Inflammation in Health and Disease

October 6-7, 2016
University Club
123 University Place
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260

Intent and Objectives
The goal of the Pittsburgh-Munich International Lung Conference is to increase awareness of the medical and scientific advances being made in treating lung disease.

The theme for this year’s conference is immune responses in the lung in health and disease highlighting the important role the immune system plays in preserving lung health despite constant provocation by environmental insults and its inappropriate engagement during disease.

The Conference will showcase cutting-edge basic and translational research to understand defense against respiratory pathogens with utilization of immunological tools to develop a universal vaccine for flu. It will also bring into focus immune mechanisms that incite and perpetuate different lung diseases. Innovative treatment strategies targeting the immune system to improve patient outcomes in lung diseases will be an important focus of this conference. A new subtopic that will be included in 2016 is technological advancements that can be harnessed to study and treat lung diseases.

The conference will bring together established scientists from multiple disciplines and institutions who are contributing in a major way to unraveling the immune system to improve lung health and will also allow junior investigators and trainees to learn and contribute in order to ensure the future vitality of the field.

Sessions will cover the following topics:
1.    Immune Response and Inflammation in Defense against Respiratory Pathogens
2.    Immune Response and Inflammation in Promotion of Lung Diseases
3.    Cutting-edge Technologies to Probe Immune Cells and Relevance in Lung Disease
4.    Targeting the Immune System to Treat Lung Diseases

Upon completion of this conference, the attendees should be able to:
•    Identify new vaccines that are under development against respiratory viral infections;
•    Describe mechanisms underlying multi-drug resistance and new strategies to combat these pathogens to improve outcomes;
•    Discuss novel immunological methods to diagnose various immune-mediated lung diseases that respond poorly to current standard of care (i.e. severe asthma).

Who Should Attend
This program is intended for practicing physicians, nurses, fellows-in-training, allied health personnel, basic and translational researchers, public health experts, industry scientists, and any other health care or academic professional with a major clinical or research interest in the role of the immune system as it pertains to disease pathogenesis and novel treatments of respiratory infections and inflammatory lung diseases.
Further, because the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC is an internationally recognized leader in pulmonary and critical care and research, the conference will also target biomedical researchers from around the United States, internationally, and within industry.

Course Directors

Janet S. Lee, MD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Anuradha Ray, PhD
Professor of Medicine & Immunology
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Continuing Education Credit
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals are awarded 1.3 continuing education units (CEU’s) which are equal to 13 contact hours.

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