Programme highlight: air pollution

Air pollution is a well-established cause of morbidity and mortality and it has been linked to cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease, diabetes, obesity and dementia. Yet, despite this, large parts of the global population continue to live in areas with unhealthy air quality. As with smoking, the voice of healthcare professionals is needed to influence the opinions of the public and policymakers, and it is vital that we have a deep understanding of the way air pollution affects the respiratory system.

This year's Congress will be putting a spotlight on the latest findings in this field through a variety of sessions.

Chair of the ERS Occupation and Epidemiology Assembly, Professor Dick Heederik, commented: "We know urgent action is needed to tackle the growing problem of air pollution in Europe and worldwide. It is especially through analysing the current epidemiological evidence and mechanistic basic research in this field that we, as healthcare professionals, can help improve this situation. The Congress is the perfect occasion to explore the topic further and access the latest findings in the field."

This topic will also play a key role within this year's Healthy Lungs for Life campaign. Watch this space for more details on this campaign in the coming weeks.

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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
03.09.2016 09:30 to 13:00 PG8 Postgraduate course: Paediatric asthma Postgraduate course
03.09.2016 11:00 to 12:00 Primary care day: challenging times II Session
04.09.2016 08:30 to 10:30 ERS publications: a focus on recent guidelines and task forces Session
04.09.2016 13:00 to 14:00 Climate change and respiratory health Lunchtime session
04.09.2016 14:45 to 16:45 Traffic air pollution in urban areas Hot topics
04.09.2016 14:45 to 16:45 Childhood asthma causation Symposium
05.09.2016 08:30 to 10:30 Paediatric year in review Year in review
05.09.2016 08:30 to 10:30 The history of respiratory public health in Britain Symposium
06.09.2016 08:30 to 10:30 Urban air pollution and human health Symposium
06.09.2016 13:00 to 14:00 PF Patient forum: Communicating the impact and risk of air pollution to respiratory patients Patient forum
07.09.2016 08:30 to 10:30 Immunity in COPD Hot topics
07.09.2016 08:30 to 10:30 Health effects related to air pollution Session
07.09.2016 10:45 to 12:45 Occupational lung disease worldwide  Symposium