Programme highlight: immunology and allergy

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and airway infectious diseases all have a complex interplay with chronic and allergic immune reactions. Understanding inflammatory responses, as well as environmental stimuli and genetic susceptibility, is crucial for better management of these conditions. At this year's congress, a number of sessions will provide the latest updates in the field of immunology and allergy.

Head of the ERS Allergy and Immunology Group, Professor Hans Jurgen Hoffmann, commented: "COPD, asthma and rhinitis are major chronic diseases. Our aim as basic scientists and practicing clinicians is to understand the mechanisms that contribute to allergy and immune disorder and inflammation in the lung, how these conditions affect respiratory patients and to learn of novel treatment modalities. The ERS Congress provides a unique opportunity to track the latest advances in the field to help us achieve this aim."

Below we highlight just some of the Congress sessions on offer for this topic. Browse the online programme to see the full selection.

Date Time Title
26.09.2015 09:30 *Postgraduate course PG8 Airway and lung fibrosis
26.09.2015 14:00 *Postgraduate course PG15 Gene-environment interactions in lung disease
27.09.2015 14:00 Symposium Preschool wheeze: new insights
27.09.2015 08:30 Symposium Breathlessness during exercise: if not asthma, then what?

Plus: ceremony for the ERS Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Lifetime Achievement Award

27.09.2015 13:00 Symposium Dysfunctional protein quality control in paediatric and adult lung diseases 
28.09.2015 14:45 Symposium Mechanisms of virus-driven and host-defence immune responses in acute virus-induced asthma
28.09.2015 08:30 *Meet the expert ME6 Understanding cough
29.09.2015 13:00

Symposium New insights in immunology and molecular pathways of tobacco smoke

29.09.2015 14:45

Symposium The next generation of lung function tests

Looking into a breath: exhaled biomarkers

*Registration for these courses is additional to the Congress registration fee. Junior members can register for sessions at a reduced rate.