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COPD Foundation Hosts Session at the 58th International Respiratory Congress of the American Association for Respiratory Care | NEWS-Line for Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialists
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COPD Foundation Hosts Session at the 58th International Respiratory Congress of the American Association for Respiratory Care

To strengthen its commitment to raising awareness about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), the third leading cause of death in the US, the COPD Foundation ( will host a session, "Building a Better Foundation for Care and Advocacy," on Sunday, November 11, 2012, 2:10pm-4:25pm, at the 58th International Respiratory Congress of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), November 10–13, 2012, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana.

"We are pleased that a number of the COPD Foundation’s professionals, board members and medical thought leaders will have the opportunity to share their knowledge,” says Miriam O'Day, senior director of Public Policy at the COPD Foundation. “The AARC Congress 2012 offers an excellent way for respiratory therapists (RTs) to learn hands-on about the latest screening and diagnosis methods, as well as the best treatments available for individuals living with COPD. Given the numerous, high-caliber presenters at this meeting, it is a privilege for all of us at the COPD Foundation to host a session."

Scott Cerreta, director of education, COPD Foundation, will moderate "Building a Better Foundation for Care and Advocacy":

-- Is Overlapping Asthma and COPD an Orphan Disease? (2:10pm-2:40pm) -- David Mannino, MD, Lexington Kentucky, will conduct an in-depth discussion of what forms an “orphan disease,” placing emphasis on the irreversible components of bronchiectasis and refractory asthma.

-- Advances in COPD Research (2:45pm-3:15pm) -- James Crapo, MD, Denver Colorado, will provide a status report of the COPDGene Study and challenge attendees to think beyond spirometry as the standard for COPD diagnosis.

-- Seize the Opportunity: Teachable Moments for the COPD Patient During Hospitalization (3:20pm-3:50pm) -- Byron Thomashow, MD, New York, New York, will examine the role of healthcare providers at the bedside during hospitalization from a COPD exacerbation.

-- Getting Active in Advocacy and Research (3:55pm-4:25pm) -- John W. Walsh, president and co-founder of the COPD Foundation, Miami, Florida, will describe the role of the COPD Foundation in promoting awareness of COPD, and outline current efforts to increase funding for critically needed research.

“The COPD Foundation is honored to be able to present so extensively at the world's premier respiratory convention,” says Walsh. “This meeting enables RTs and healthcare experts to come together to share, network and learn about emerging technologies and the transformation of respiratory care. Those attending our session will be empowered to not only better serve their patients, but also make a significant contribution in the fight against COPD.”

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