Programme highlight: prenatal origins of lung disease

There are a number of known genetic and environmental prenatal risk factors linked to long-term alterations in lung structure and function. A better understanding of prenatal risk factors and the successful application of preventative screening and treatment, plus effective public awareness campaigns, are essential to help improve lung development and respiratory health throughout life.

At this year's Congress we have a selection of sessions focusing on or feeding into this area. Addressing both genetics and environment, these sessions include a symposium on urban air pollution and human health, a range of thematic posters and oral presentations looking at areas such as common mechanisms in lung development and fibrosis, and the origins of infant pulmonary disease. Additionally, there is a planned paediatric respiratory medicine group members' meeting which will bring together experts in the field for topical discussion.

Chair of the ERS Paediatric Respiratory Epidemiology group, highlighted "The fetal origins hypothesis is a widely explored field of research for clinical and basic scientists. Studying the pathology that occurs in the fetal and early stages of life gives us key insights into the complex respiratory diseases that we see in both children and adults. We know, for example, that asthma and COPD result from a multifaceted interaction between environmental exposures and many genetic risk factors, which could be traced back to birth. The sessions at this year's Congress will be a good opportunity to explore up to date developments and to consider how best we can utilise this knowledge for prevention purposes and improving the quality of life for patients living with respiratory disease."

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If you are interested in this topic, here is a list of associated sessions at this year's Congress. Alternatively, you can browse the full programme.

Note: Educational sessions (postgraduate courses, skills workshops, challenging clinical cases, professional development workshops and meet the expert sessions) can be attended at an additional cost to the standard registration fee.

Date  Time  Session Session type
03.09.16 09:30 to 13:00  PG8 Paediatric asthma Post-graduate course
03.09.16  14:00 to 17:30  PG 12 Breathlessness over the life coursePG 12 Breathlessness over the life course Post-graduate course 
04.09.16  07:00 to 08:15  CC2 Children's interstitial lung disease Challenging clinical cases
04.09.16  08:30 to 10:30 The origins of infant pulmonary disease: early pointers to identifying infants at risk and means to improving their care Oral presentation
04.09.16  10:45 to 12:45 Repair pathways from lung development to aging of the lung Oral presentation
04.09.16  12:50 to 14:40 Neonatal and paediatric multiorgan manifestation and treatment utilisation of acute and chronic pulmonary disease Thematic poster
04.09.16  13:00 to 14:30 Vitamin D and asthma prevention, COPD screening and bronchoscopic lung volume reduction in emphysema: A joint ERS-JAMA lunchtime session Lunchtime session
04.09.16  18:00 to 18:50 7.5 Neonatology and Paediatric Intensive Care; 7.6 Paediatric Respiratory Epidemiology; 7.7 Paediatric Bronchology Group members' meeting
 05.09.16  14:45 to 16:45  Paediatric bronchology II  Poster discussion
 06.09.16  07:00 to 08:15 CC8 Complex management issues in ataxia telangiectasia diseaseCC8 Complex management issues in ataxia telangiectasia disease Challenging clinical cases
06.09.16   08:00 to 10:20 SW16 Radiological-pathological correlations for clinicians Skills workshop 
06.09.16   08:30 to 10:30  Urban air pollution and human health  Symposium
06.09.16   10:40 to 13:00 SW18 Radiological-pathological correlations for cliniciansSW18 Radiological-pathological correlations for clinicians  Skills workshop
06.09.16   12:50 to 14:40 Airway response to infectionAirway response to infection  Thematic poster
06.09.16   12:50 to 14:40 Common mechanisms in lung development and fibrosis  Thematic poster
06.09.16   14:30 to 16:50 SW20 Radiological-pathological correlations for cliniciansSW20 Radiological-pathological correlations for clinicians  Skills workshop
 07.09.16  08:30 to 10:30  Paediatric asthma: from amniotic fluid to dirty streets Oral presentation
 07.09.16  10:45 to 12:45  Important factors, besides smoking, related to lung function and decline in lung function Oral presentation