The COPD Foundation will be hosting the COPD9USA conference between June 5 and 6, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago. The Foundation was established to improve the lives of those affected by COPD through advocacy programs, education and by supporting research that might lead to prevention and a cure for the disease.
The event will focus specifically on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and will present scientific and clinical knowledge for physicians, respiratory therapists, nurses and anyone involved with the management of patients who suffer from the condition.
“COPD9USA is a unique opportunity to interact face-to-face with thought-leaders in the field and to share practical information for care management, as well as the latest in clinical research,” stated the President and Co-founder of the COPD Foundation, Mr. John W. Walsh.
The conference will emphasize promising and innovative advancements in patient care from research, clinical, and care delivery perspectives. The Research perspective will include several sessions about novel therapies being advanced, such as the session entitled: “Can We Prevent COPD? Developmental and Environmental Influences.” The Clinical perspective will feature sessions about lung transplants, lung-volume reduction surgery and stem cells, such as: “Individualizing COPD Care.” Finally, the Care Delivery Track is designed to improve patient outcomes by discussing how healthcare should be delivered in the current environment, and will feature the session: “The Changing Face of Healthcare: How Policy Changes are Driving COPD Care.”
More than 75 posters will be presented by experts and COPD researchers from both the United States and abroad. The poster “A COPD Support Group Using a Novel Harmonic Device The Effectiveness of Social Media for Patient Education” will be presented as well.
COPD Patients can attend an educational workshop that will be directed by Grace Anne Dorney Koppel who is a COPD patient and the wife of the famous news anchor Ted Koppel. In addition, ndd Medical Technologies will be providing COPD lung screenings for free to the general public at no cost (on Friday).
The COPDUSA conferences are based on a successful model used in the United Kingdom for the last 18 years, and conference organizers are confident that the event will yield positive results for the COPD community.