Lung transplants have the potential for positive treatment outcomes in patients suffering from a number of conditions including COPD/emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis and pulmonary arterial hypertension. According to the ERS White Book, five-year survival rates are now averaging 50%, and the most experienced centres are achieving 70%. Various sessions at Congress will give an overview of current indications for lung transplantation referrals and the results and pitfalls of the procedure. Leading experts will offer insights into specific disease areas and review the latest findings in basic science and translational research.
Like many areas, lung transplantation is an area of medicine where multidisciplinary teams are important for higher success rates and Congress sessions will discuss the role of specialisms such as physiotherapy and psychology in transplantation. The Postgraduate Courses on offer are a great opportunity for delegates to learn and consolidate new skills and gain recognition for their learning and one of our Meet the Expert Sessions will update delegates on current referral criteria for lung transplantation.
Professor Dragan R. Subotic, Head of the ERS Transplantation Assembly said: "Lung transplantation is an exciting and ever-changing field that has progressed rapidly in recent years. We work in an era where people who have had a double lung transplant can go on to be medal-winning athletes. With the opportunity to meet experts speaking about everything from dealing with traditional methods to physiotherapy and aftercare all the way to the future of robotics in pulmonology and thoracic surgery, the ERS International Congress will introduce new people to the field and further the successes of the most experienced clinicians and researchers."
Below we highlight just some of the Congress sessions on offer for this topic. Browse the full programme online.
*Registration for these courses is additional to the Congress registration fee. Junior members can register for these sessions at a reduced rate.