Congratulations to the 2015 Respiratory Champions!
The Léman team became the 2015 Champions of Respiratory Medicine. Along with the audience, who were being quizzed on their mobile devices, four teams battled their way through challenging case questions to achieve their prestigious title. There are lots more opportunities to challenge yourself and learn at Congress. The postgraduate courses and HERMES exams have set the bar high today for professional development. The educational sessions offer delegates the opportunity to learn from world leading experts and for world-leading experts to learn from each other! There is still time to sign up for the remaining sessions: register now in Hall 2. Browse the sessions.
The redesigned World Village opened today with a presentation from ERS President Professor Elisabeth Bel encouraging international collaboration to benefit people's lung health everywhere. The European Lung Foundation (ELF) were also in the World Village today talking about how we can all use the new Take the Active Option campaign to help people to improve their respiratory health. Come to the Healthy Lungs for Life stand in the World Village to find about the free resources you can use to help your patients. There is a fantastic and varied programme ahead for the World Village, make sure you come to find out about projects from around the globe.
ERS is working with the European Lung Foundation (ELF) and many others to ensure the patient voice is incorporated into the Congress. Patient experts took part in yesterday's inhaler 'train the trainer' skills workshops, helping professionals to learn and teach the best techniques. Have a look at the Patient organisation programme to find out where patients will be taking part in workshops and presenting posters such as at the 'Respiratory research in the Netherlands' symposium on Monday morning and the 'How to involve patients in research projects' session with ELF Chair Dan Smyth on Wednesday. Find out more.
We are releasing press releases throughout Congress. Read today's:
- Walking quieter routes to work can avoid peaks in air pollution.
- Lung cancer survival rates improve with CT scan follow-up.
- There are major differences found in symptoms and prognoses between non-smokers and smokers with non-small-cell lung cancer.
- Symptomatic rhinovirus infections in infants could provide clues to disease development in later life.
The public lung testing events have been hugely popular in Amsterdam city centre. Thousands of people came down to find out more about what they can do to help improve their respiratory health. One of the biggest attractions was the Lung Cycle Challenge where up to four people can compete to inflate an artificial pair of lungs using only pedal power. This will be coming to the RAI tomorrow – come and give it a go in Hall 14 and get a Healthy Lungs for Life t-shirt!
We are impressed by your efforts so far in the #ERS10Ksteps challenge! Congratulations to our winner for Sunday Alessandro Zanfo who did an amazing 23,250 steps. Keep at it and keep sharing your step counts to show your commitment to the important cause which is to spread the Take the Active Option message to everyone everywhere.