SEVERE ASTHMA FORUM

15.-16.11.

BLED - SLOVENIA

1st South Eastern European JOINT MEETING
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Severe and difficult to treat asthma workshop: from basic immunology, diagnostic approach and treatment

It is our honour and pleasure to welcome you at the 1st SEVERE ASTHMA FORUM in Slovenia. We believe that the forum and workshop will be successful on the scientific level and that it will run in friendly atmosphere, gathering the colleagues of different countries. The eminent experts will participate at our Symposium with their clinical and research experiences in asthma management. The focus of SEVERE ASTHMA FORUM is a multidisciplinary approach in diagnosis, clinical and treatment approach in severe asthma patients. There has been a fascinating development and progress in knowledge and approach in severe asthma management in last years. It will be a pleasure for us to share the experience in the region, to exchange knowledge between colleagues of different countries.

For thousands of years, the mythic beauty of Bled has been attracting visitors with its magic powers. We could quote many famous people who visited Bled about its beauties, but it was Slovenia's greatest poet, France Prešeren, who described it best: »There is no town fairer in Carniola, than this image of paradise and its surroundings«.

We are looking forward very much meeting you in the beautiful nature of Bled.


Sabina Škrgat
Peter Korošec
Chairs presidents of the Meeting

DAY 1: THURSDAY 15.11.2018
DAY 2: FRIDAY 16.11.2018
    • 8:00 - 8.20
    • Registration
    • 8:20 - 8:30
    • Sabina Škrgat: Welcome and introduction
    • Immunology of severe asthma and clinical aspects of severe asthma, allergology, radiology and pulmonary function testing Chairs: Sabina Škrgat, Peter Korošec
    • 8:30 - 9:00
    • Peter Korošec: Immunological characterization of asthma endotypes
    • 9:00 - 9:30
    • Peter Kopač: Role of allergy in severe asthma, NSAID associated respiratory disease
    • 9:30 - 9:50
    • Igor Požek: Radiologic Imaging in asthma
    • 9:50 - 10:30
    • Matjaž Fležar: Lung function tests to be used in severe asthma: spiromety and BD test, diffusion capacity, induced sputum, body plethysmography, electronic PEF
    • 10:30 - 11:00
    • Discussion
    • 11:00 - 11:20
    • Coffee break
    • Clinical approaches
    • 11:20 – 12:00
    • Sabina Škrgat: Practical approaches to T2 high severe asthma in the clinic
    • 12:00 – 12:40
    • Ramesh J Kurukulaaratchy: Practical approaches to non-T2 severe asthma in the clinic
    • 12:40 – 13:00
    • Discussion
    • 13:00 – 14:00
    • Lunch (in hotel restaurant)
    • 14:15 – 14:45
    • Bus transfer to Clinic Golnik
    • Workshops
    • 15:00 – 18:00
    • VENUE: University Clinic of Respiratory and Allergic diseases Golnik
    • Gregor Vlačić: Laboratory (citology and pathology)

      1. Induced sputum: how to correctly assess it and what should the report contain
      2. Practical part – laboratory:
        • Visit to the lab
        • Basics of samples handling and processing
        • From the lab to the report
    • Matjaž Fležar: Laboratory for respiratory physiology

      1. Review of protocols for safe sputum induction in severe asthma
      2. Case reports:
        • Vocal cord disfunction, bronchiolitis, ACO
        • Asthma, reversibility and NO
        • Fixed obstruction in lung function-severe asthma?
    • Peter Korošec: Laboratory for Clinical Immunology and Molecular Genetics

      1. Review of measurements of immunological parameters in patients with asthma: cells, biomarkers, different samples and protocols
      2. Case reports:
        • Dynamic of downregulation of cellular high affinity IgE receptor (FcεRI) in responders to anti-IgE therapy
        • FcεRI in non-responders to anti-IgE therapy
        • Measurement of IL-5 and the response to Mepolizumab therapy
    • 20:00
    • Dinner
    • Respiratory insufficiency and asthma comorbitities Chairs: Franc Šifrer, Tomaž Kocjan
    • 8:30 - 9:00
    • Franc Šifrer: Acute respiratory failure and mechanical ventilation in severe asthma
    • 9:00 – 9:30
    • Tomaž Kocjan: Adrenal insufficiency and osteoporosis during chronic glucocorticoid treatment
    • 9:30 – 10:00
    • Katja Novak: Gastroesophageal disease in asthma
    • 10:00 – 10:30
    • Irena Hočevar Boltežar : The characteristics of upper respiratory tract in the patients with asthma and the patients with periodical laryngeal obstruction
    • 10:30 - 11:00
    • Discussion
    • 11:00 - 11:20
    • Coffee break
    • Multidisciplinary approach to asthma patient Chairs: Ramesh J Kurukulaaratchy, Sabina Škrgat
    • 11:20 – 12:00
    • Ramesh J Kurukulaaratchy: DM FRCP »The Difficult Breathing Syndrome – An MDT (multidisciplinary team) approach to Difficult Asthma«
    • 12:00 – 12:25
    • Aleš Rozman: Bronchoscopy in asthma and bronchial thermoplasty
    • 12:25 – 12:45
    • Gregor Vlačić: Bronchial biopsy in asthma and differential diagnosis
    • 12:45 – 13:30
    • Round table and discussion
    • 13:30 – 14:30
    • Lunch (in hotel restaurant)
    • 14:30 – 14:50
    • Matjaž Fležar: How to indentify severe asthma patients among uncontrolled asthmatics in outpatient basis
    • 14:50 – 15:10
    • Sabina Škrgat: Brief Report - SHARP ERS Clinical Research Collaborative-Severe heterogenous asthma research collaboration, patient-centered and Asthma network in Slovenia
    • 15:10 – 15:25
    • Discussion
    • 15:25 – 15:45
    • Coffee break
    • 15:45 – 17:00
    • Case reports
    • 17:00 – 17:10
    • Concluding comments



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Assist. Prof. Sabina Škrgat,
MD, PhD

Assoc. Prof. Peter Korošec,
BS Biology, Spec. Lab. Med. Genetics

Peter Kopač,
MD

Igor Požek,
DM BS, Specialist Radiologist

Assist. Prof. Matjaž Fležar,
MD, PhD

Dr Ramesh J Kurukulaaratchy,
BM DM FRCP Clinical
Lead for Severe Asthma

Gregor Vlačić,
MD

Chief of medicine, Franc Šifrer,
MD BS, internal medicine specialist

Prof. Tomaž Kocjan,
MD, PhD

Katja Novak,
MD, Department of gastroenterology

Prof. Irena Hočevar Boltežar,
MD, PhD

Assist. Prof. Aleš Rozman,
MD, PhD, Specialist Pneumologist

Assist. Prof. Sabina Škrgat,
MD, PhD

UNIVERSITY CLINIC OF RESPIRATORY AND ALLERGIC DISEASES, GOLNIK, SLOVENIA

Dr. Sabina Škrgat graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ljubljana (1996). She is a specialist in internal medicine (2004) and pneumonology (2011). Dr. Škrgat earned her PhD degree at the University of Ljubljana (2009) with the topic of investigation related to angiogenesis and complement activation in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Her main clinical work consists of the management of patients with severe asthma and other obstructive lung diseases. She has a leading position in Slovenian National recommendations for treatment of asthma and COPD. Currently she is a clinical lead of Severe asthma Clinic at University Clinic of Respiratory Diseases Golnik, Slovenia.

Beside clinical work she is active in research in severe asthma and COPD, she is a National lead in ERS SHARP project; Severe Heterogenous Asthma Research Collaboration and Slovenian asthma register.

Assoc. Prof. Peter Korošec,
BS Biology, Spec. Lab. Med. Genetics

UNIVERSITY CLINIC OF RESPIRATORY AND ALLERGIC DISEASES, GOLNIK, SLOVENIA

Dr. Peter Korošec is Professor of Immunology and Microbiology at University Clinic Golnik. He was awarded M.Sc. (1998) and Ph.D. (2001) at Medical Faculty in Ljubljana. His professional training consisted successive appointment as Specialist in Clinical Laboratory Genetic (2015). He serves as the Associate Editor of Clinical & Experimental Allergy. Prof Korosec has worked tirelessly to build the scientific basis of allergy and pulmonology (https://scholar.google.si/Peter Korosec). His research has focused upon the anaphylaxis, recombinant allergens, basophils, asthma genetics, hereditary angioedema and interstitial lung diseases. His studies of using Basophil Activation Test (BAT) and recombinant allergens substantially impacted clinical practice in insect sting allergy.

His current research programme combines recent developments within the field of immunology and genetics. This effort enabled the discovery of novel pathogenesis pathways in anaphylaxis and severe asthma, and helped identify phenotype-specific immunological and genetic risk factors. He has supervised 13 PhD students to completion.

Peter Kopač,
MD

UNIVERSITY CLINIC OF RESPIRATORY AND ALLERGIC DISEASES, GOLNIK, SLOVENIA

Dr. Peter Kopač graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ljubljana in 2005. Already during his residency, he spent one year in Clinic for Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology / Allergology, Inselspital, University of Bern, Switzerland and where he was involved in clinical and research work. In 2012 he passed EAACI/UEMS Knowledge Examination in Allergology and Clinical Immunology. After completing specialisation in Internal medicine in 2013 he works at the University Clinic Golnik, Slovenia. His main interest in clinical and research work is allergology, especially drug hypersensitivity and immunotherapy. He is active member of EAACI, ENDA group and GA2LEN Urticaria network.

Igor Požek,
DM BS, Specialist Radiologist

University Clinic of Respiratory and Allergic Diseases, Golnik, Slovenia

Dr. Igor Požek is radiologist, head of radiology department at University Clinic Golnik. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ljubljana in 1997. In 1994 he received Preseren`s medical students research award.

He completed his M.Sc. degree in 2006 at University of Ljubljana with title Quantitative analysis of paired inspiratoy/expiratory HRCT scans in patients with COPD; comparison with pulmonary function tests. In the recent past years, he was involved in several clinical trials for pneumonia, lung cancer and COPD as a sub-investigator.

He is a member of many professional societ: Slovenian Medical Association, Slovenian Association of Radiology, European society of Radiology, European society of Thoracic Radiology, European society of Oncologic Imaging.

Assist. Prof. Matjaž Fležar,
MD, PhD

University Clinic of Respiratory and Allergic Diseases, Golnik, Slovenia

Dr. Matjaž Fležar is a specialist in pulmonology and Internal medicine and former Director of University Clinic of Respiratory and Allergic Diseases Golnik, Slovenia. He is specialized in lung function testing and sleep medicine, senior consultant in the field of obstructive lung diseases, principal investigator in number of clinical trials in asthma and COPD. Currently he is the head or Respiratory function laboratory in University Clinic Golnik. He is a Member of EBAP at ERS, National delegate at ERS for Slovenia in years 2005-2008, member of Respiratory physiology section at ERS. Certified European project manager, received a certificate in 2010. Project manager coordinator in the 6th and 7th Framework EU Programs and Interreg projects for Slovenia. He is a member of many european advisory boards in developement of new drugs for asthma and COPD.

Dr Ramesh J Kurukulaaratchy,
BM DM FRCP Clinical
Lead for Severe Asthma

DAVID HIDE ASTHMA & ALLERGY RESEARCH CENTRE, ST MARY'S HOSPITAL, ISLE OF WIGHT, SOUTHAMPTON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, UNITED KINGDOM

Dr Ramesh Kurukulaaratchy BM DM FRCP is a Consultant in Respiratory and General Medicine plus Allergy at University Hospital Southampton, United Kingdom and Deputy Director of the David Hide Asthma & Allergy Research Centre, St Mary's Hospital, Isle of Wight, Southampton University Hospital. After graduating from the University of Southampton and completing junior training posts, Ramesh undertook a Research Fellowship at the David Hide Asthma & Allergy Research Centre, Isle of Wight. That fuelled a clinical and research interest in Asthma and Allergy. Ramesh has led and developed the Southampton Regional Difficult Asthma Clinic as a Multidisciplinary team for 9 years. His research interests include asthma epidemiology across the life course, prevention strategies in asthma & allergy plus difficult asthma. He has published over 65 papers. When not working Ramesh enjoys reading, cooking, photography, gardening and travelling.

Gregor Vlačić,
MD

University Clinic of Respiratory and Allergic Diseases, Golnik, Slovenia

Dr. Gregor Vlačić studied medicine at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. During his residency, he actively attended numerous pathology meetings and was a visiting resident at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, USA and at Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, USA. He is currently employed as a pathologist at the Cytology and Pathology Laboratory at the University Clinic Golnik.

He has a special interest in lung pathology, both neoplastic and non-neoplastic. He is actively involved in various international research programs along with his colleagues.

Chief of medicine, Franc Šifrer,
MD BS, internal medicine specialist

University Clinic of Respiratory and Allergic Diseases, Golnik, Slovenia

Dr. Franc Šifrer graduated in Medicine from Medical faculty University of Ljubljana in 1985 and spent the following four years undertaking specialty training in internal medicine at Clinical Centre Ljubljana. After internship he graduated in one year postfaculty study in pneumology.

From 1991 he has worked as a specialist in internal medicine in Intensive care unit University clinic of respiratory diseases and allergy Golnik. From 2010 he is head of ICU.

Dr. Šifrer is expert in internal medicine and pneumology at National health insurance company. He is member of Slovenian pneumology society and Slovenian intensive care society.

He has a broad clinical and scientific interest in respiratory medicine, particularly in chronic respiratory failure, weaning, pulmonary vascular diseases, nonlinear dynamics in health and disease, noninvasive monitoring of cardiac output and quality assurance in hospital practice.

Prof. Tomaž Kocjan,
MD, PhD

DEPARTMENT OF ENDOCRINOLOGY, DIABETES AND METABOLIC DISEASES, UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTRE LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA

Dr. Tomaž Kocjan is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at the Medical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana and head of the Endocrine Unit at the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia. He received his medical degree from the University of Ljubljana. After completing his PhD he spent several months at Royal Free Hospital and Middlesex Hospital in London, UK. His special clinical interest are adrenal diseases, metabolic bone diseases and pituitary tumors. He is also involved in clinical research, mainly in the field of endocrine hypertension and osteoporosis. He published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals. He is board member of the Slovenian Society of Endocrinology, secretary of the Slovenian Bone Society and member of the IOF Committee of National Societies.

Katja Novak,
MD, Department of gastroenterology

University medical center Ljubljana, Slovenia

Katja Novak, MD specialist gastroenterologist since 2009 works at Dep. of gastroenterology in University medical center Ljubljana from 2001. While practicing general gastroenterology she subspecialized in performing procedures in the Unit for upper and lower gastrointestinal functional testing (esophageal and rectal high resolution manometry, 24h pH-impedance monitoring). From 2014 she is working in the Liver transplant unit as consultant hepatologist.

Prof. Irena Hočevar Boltežar,
MD, PhD

DEPARTMENT OF OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGY AND CERVICOFACIAL SURGERY, UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTRE LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA
FACULTY OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA

Dr. Irena Hočevar Boltežar completed general medicals studies, MS post graduate studies, followed by a PhD at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, and became specialist otorhynolaryngologist in 1993. She has worked at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Cervicofacial Surgery clinic of the University Medical Centre Ljubljana, since 1987, and became the chief of phoniatric and speech and language therapy activities, which went on to become the Center for voice, speech and swallowing disorders, in 1997. She was the head of the Clinic from 2014 to 2018.

Member of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ljubljana staff since 1993, when she worked as assistant, she became a higher education lecturer in 2011, and has been the head of the Faculty’s Department for otorhynolaryngology since 2014. In 2013, she was elected into the title of Full Professor. She has been lecturing about voice and swallowing disorders to students of speech and language therapy and surdopedagogy at the Faculty of Education of the University of Ljubljana for fourteen years. She completed subspecialisations in Boston, USA, and in Graz, Austria, at the University Otorhinolaryngology Clinic.

Assist. Prof. Aleš Rozman,
MD, PhD, Specialist Pneumologist

University Clinic of Respiratory and Allergic Diseases, Golnik, Slovenia

Dr. Aleš Rozman is currently on position general director of University Clinic Golnik. In 2017 he completed his PhD at University of Ljubljana, Title of thesis: Detection of lung cancer metastases in mediastinal lymph nodes based on the elasticity of mediastinal lymph nodes in patients with suspected lung cancer.

He is a member of many professional society: Slovenian Medical Chamber, Slovenian Association for Pulmonology, European Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmology (EABIP) – board member, World Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmology (WABIP) – national representative, European Respiratory Society (ERS).

GOOD TO KNOW

Registration fee

Please note that the participant's number is limited to 60 and the number of participants for workshops is limited to 21 (7 per workshop). When that limit is reached, applications for that workshop will be closed. Registration for the Symposium should be done through the online registration system. All participants must register for the conference.

Registration options:
  • One day Symposium 120 €
  • Two-day Symposium 150 €
  • Two days Symposium plus Workshop 250 €

Certificate of Attendance

Certificate of Attendance will be issued to all the registered participants. For additional information please contact the Technical organizer.

Official language

English is the official language of the meeting. Please be advised that simultaneous translation will not be provided.

Social programme

Full information on the evening programme will be posted soon (another good reason for you to visit the webpage).

LOCATION

About Bled

Slovenia has only one island but its uniqueness makes it more attractive than many an archipelago. Sheltered by picturesque mountains, the island reigns in the middle of an Alpine lake. Its charm has made it a symbol for centuries of a town to which guests from all over the world love to return. This town, which has already existed for a thousand years, is BLED. The town, already famous at the beginning of the 20th century as the most beautiful health spa of the then Austrian empire, attracted the European aristocratic elite. Bled’s attraction, are truly worth experiencing. And those who experience it, long for it again and again….



VENUE AND ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Park

The Symposium will be held at Hotel Park, Cesta svobode 15, SI-4260 Bled, Slovenia (Sava Hotel Resorts).  Bled makes a perfect destination for work and relaxation. The Symposium will be held in Hotel Park Bled. As it is a highly congress popular conference destination, we have pre-blocked rooms at special rate. It is recommended to book as early as possible.

HOTEL ONLINE BOOKING
HOW TO GET THERE

Transfer

Transfer Services are on your side. Please arrange the transportation from / to hotel by yourself.


Recommended closest airports:
  • Jože Pučnik Airport – BLED, 30 minutes to Bled (36 km)
  • Kärnten Airport - Klagenfurt, Austria: 1 hour 30 minutes to Bled (80 km)

To get to Bled by car, use the A2 highway (direction Ljubljana or direction Jesenice) and use the exit ‘Bled’.

WHO SUPPORT US

We would like to take the opportunity to thank our generous sponsors whose sponsorship helps support the 1st SEVERE ASTHMA FORUM 2018.






...and with unrestricted grant from GSK



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Techical organiser
Agencija Promo d.o.o.
Mesarska 4d, 1000 Ljubljana
t. +386 1 438 2470
e. sevasthmaforum@promo-ag.si


Hotel Park
Cesta svobode 15, 4260 Bled
t. +386 04 579 18 00
e. hotelpark@hotelibled.com
w. www.hotelparkbled.com

“There is no town fairer in Carniola, than this image of paradise and its surroundings”

DR. FRANCE PREŠEREN