2nd September – 7th September 2016
It’s been a couple busy of weeks for the COPD research team, with the Latest Advances in Pulmonary Rehabilitation Symposium held in London, which was attended by our very own Alex Jenkins & Dr Arwel Jones as well as the European Respiratory Society Congress, also held in London and attended by Alex Jenkins & Dr Neil Holden.

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Symposium was a great opportunity to hear about the latest research from some of the top authors in the field. Speakers included; Martijn Spruit, Thierry Troosters, Matthew Maddocks, Ioannis Vogiatzis, Carolyn Johnson, Sally Singh, Mike Polkey, & Will Mann. An impressive line-up indeed, and they did not disappoint. Some very interesting research and hypotheses were produced in the symposium leading to a vast array of questions from an engaging audience. Highlights of the key talking points from the symposium can be seen in the twitter feed shown below. Twitter proved to be a great arena in which to disseminate research to those researchers/physio’s who were not able to attend, with interest generated from this symposium. During the symposium, attention was brought to the ERS course taking place in April on Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Athens, something which Alex & Arwel are both keen to attend and are working towards. Following the symposium, the opportunity to speak with some of the presenters provided engaging discussions and debates with potential collaborations to be generated following this. All in all, it was a fantastic symposium and we would like to thank Royal Brompton & Harefield Pulmonary Rehabilitation service for hosting the event, and the speakers for some very intriguing presentations.

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Following the symposium, it was onto the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Congress, and a first for Alex Jenkins who was presenting a thematic poster on his masters’ work titled “Blood neutrophils responses to acute interval exercise in COPD”. This data is currently being drafted up to submit for publishing, but if you are interested in finding out more about this, please feel free to contact us. Alex found this experience integral to his professional development as he builds his portfolio and hopes to attend the next ERS Congress next year in Milan. Alex not only enjoyed the experience of presenting his research and answering some challenging questions from an interested audience, but also managed to attend some interesting presentations from other researchers within the field of pulmonary rehabilitation. Presentations highlighted the current issues that need tackling to help improve pulmonary rehabilitation as a service and also the development of new innovative methods for tackling these issues. Some highlights from the talks are displayed on our twitter feed below. As part of the Congress, there was also the annual physio’s dinner which took place in Greenwich. It was a really relaxed evening where researchers in the same field could network and share experiences/ideas from around the globe. By the end of the congress, Alex and Neil were exhausted with information overload, but it was an experience they both thoroughly enjoyed and benefitted from. On to Milan, hopefully!

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Latest Advances in Pulmonary Rehabilitation Symposium & European Respiratory Society Congress