Sponsored Symposia

Sponsored Breakfast Symposium: Recent advances in pharmacological strategies to prevent exacerbations of COPD

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Date: Sunday 25th March
Synopsis: COPD exacerbations have a negative impact on the quality of life of patients with COPD, accelerates disease progression and can result in hospital admissions and death. In Australia, COPD is the second leading cause of avoidable hospital admissions and remains the fifth leading cause of death.1 Identifying patients at risk of exacerbations and managing them appropriately to reduce this risk represents an important clinical challenge. COPD exacerbations are heterogeneous events and recent advances in understanding this heterogeneity have improved the development and implementation of therapies for COPD patients. The use of inhaled combination therapies in the treatment of COPD continues to evolve. The IMPACT (InforMing the Pathway of COPD Treatment) study will further advance understanding of the optimal use of inhaled combination therapies in the treatment of COPD. This symposium explores the current and new pharmacological strategies in the prevention of COPD exacerbations.


Sponsored Breakfast Symposium: Recent advances in pharmacologicalstrategies to

prevent exacerbations of COPD

Hall E2
0700-0705 Opening remarks Christine Jenkins, NSW    
0705-0725 COPD pharmacotherapies: Old targets, new insights, new targets needed Alastair Stewart, VIC
0725-0750 Preventing COPD exacerbations: Pharmacotherapeutic approaches in 2018 Philip Bardin, VIC
0750-0805 Exacerbation benefit and pneumonia risk: A composite outcome Grant Waterer, WA
0805-0815     Q and A  

Sponsored Evening Symposium: Maximising Outcomes Across the Asthma Spectrum

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Date: Sunday 25 March
Asthma is a common, complex, and heterogeneous disease characterised by multiple clinical phenotypes and biologic endotypes. Patients present across a wide spectrum of disease severity with varying levels of control. This is further complicated by a plethora of co-existing morbidities in addition to various barriers to patient self-management related to psycho-social and socio-economic factors.
How do we optimise asthma management within this landscape?
How do we tailor treatment to the individual patient and improve self-management across the spectrum of disease?
When and in which patients should we consider a different approach or consider newer strategies including biologic agents?
This symposium will ask the audience to consider some of the challenges in the management of asthma including the questions above and propose potential solutions or strategies in pursuit of ‘Maximising Outcomes Across the Asthma Spectrum’.  


Sponsored Evening Symposium: Maximising outcomes across the asthma spectrum

Hall C
1715-1730 Drinks and canapes  
1730-1735 Welcome and introduction by chair  
1735-1755 The asthma paradox: What is it and how do we deal with it? Christine Jenkins, NSW      
1755-1815 Redefining optimal care in moderate-severe asthma John Upham, QLD
1815-1845 Managing severe asthma patients in the era of biologic agents Tim Harrison, UK
1845-1915 Panel discussion  

Sponsored Evening Symposium: Unravelling the complexities of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) treatment in 2018 

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Date: Monday 26 March
 This symposium will focus on providing clarity on when to intervene, what to do if patients deteriorate including the challenges faced along the treatment journey and what choices the clinical team faces. A/Prof Daniel Chambers will chair the meeting with Prof Vincent Cottin unravelling evidence on the highly variable lung function decline and progression in IPF clinical studies, including what measurements to utilise and how to determine if a patient has progressed. A/Prof Glen Westal will address the important topic of lung transplantation, such as local criteria. Dr. Lauren Troy will conclude discussing survival and the evidence on predicting survival. 


Sponsored Evening Symposium: Unravelling the complexities of Idiopathic
Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) treatment in 2018

Hall E2
1715-1745 Drinks and canapes  


Panel discussion

Vincent Cottin, France

Glen Westall, VIC

Lauren Troy, NSW