Prof. Israel Amirav is a pediatric pulmonologist and internationally renowned leader in aerosol therapy for infants and young children.
He graduated from the Tel Aviv University Medical School in 1981 and then from 1990-94 undertook a Pediatric Pulmonary fellowship at Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia. It was during his fellowship that he became interested in pediatric aspects of aerosol therapy since there was relatively little known in pediatric applications at the time. Indeed most aerosol therapy was prescribed “off label” and was based on therapy and delivery systems in adults.
After completing his training in the USA, he returned to Israel where he headed the pediatric pulmonology service in the Northern part of Israel for the next 20 years.
Since 2013 he is at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada where he is currently associate professor and Educational Program Director.
Prof Amirav has published many innovative studies that have resulted in an improved understanding of aerosol therapy in infants and young children. He has also been involved in the development (with close colleagues in Israel and Canada) of innovative devices; a portable hood or tent for delivering aerosols to infants and the SootherMask that incorporates the infant’s own pacifier into the aerosol mask and facilitates aerosol administration “without tears” even during deep sleep by means of both small volume jet nebulizers and MDIs using a new valved aerosol holding chamber that he also helped develop.
In 2000 Dr Amirav founded the Israeli Medical Aerosol Society under the auspices of the International Society of Aerosols in Medicine.
In the past few years he has also developed an increasing interest in Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) and led the first Israeli National Consortium on PCD enrolling almost 170 patients in a seminal study about newer diagnostic tests as well as phenotypic-genotypic correlations.
In all, he has published more than 80 studies, mainly related to aerosol therapy but also in areas such as-asthma, PCD and medical education
Dr. Mieke Boon is a pediatric pulmonologist working at the University Hospital of Leuven. She was born in Belgium, she is married and a mother of 3 children. After graduating from Medical School at the Catholic University of Leuven in 2004, she was trained in Pediatrics at the University Hospital of Leuven and performed a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology under supervision of Prof. Kris De Boeck from 2009-2011. She passed the European HERMES Examination in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine (ERS) in 2013.
The topic of her PhD is ciliary motility and ciliary disorders. She performed clinical, genetic and laboratory research on the topic, leading to several papers in the field of primary ciliary dyskinesia. Other topics of special interest are cystic fibrosis and non-CF bronchiectasis.
She was one of the winners of the Lung & Childhood Young Investigator Award at the 12th CIPP congress in Valencia (2013), as well as the winner of the award for the best abstract in Paediatric Respiratory Epidemiology at the ERS congress in Vienna (2012).
Professor Paul Brand is consultant paediatrician for respiratory and allergic diseases at the Princess Amalia Children’s Cetre of Isala Hospital, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the Netherlands, the Director of Clinical Medical Education at the same hospital, and an honorary professor of Clinical Medical Education at the University Medical Centre in Groningen, the Netherlands.
Graduated from Medical School at Groningen University in 1987, Paul did his PhD research in the Department of Pulmonology in Groningen (professor Dirkje Postma), and defended his thesis cum laude. He was trained in Paediatrics at Groningen University and on Curaçao in the Dutch Caribbean, and did his fellowship in Paediatric Pulmonology at the Beatrix Children’s Hospital in Groningen, after which he moved to his current position as a consultant in Zwolle.
Paul’s research interests include asthma treatment in children, adherence to maintenance medication in chronic childhood conditions and how to improve this, early childhood wheeze and its outcome, and the diagnosis and management of food allergy. He is also strongly involved in postgraduate education, with publications on the implementation of modernized postgraduate education, and feedback in clinical settings. Paul has contributed to more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has edited three books on paediatric lung disease and allergy and one acclaimed textbook on clinical medical education in Dutch. He published two novels in the Dutch language. He is married with five children. His hobbies include running and soccer.
Prof. Andrew Bush is the Professor of Paediatrics and Head of Section (Paediatrics), Imperial College, Professor of Paediatric Respirology, National Heart and Lung Institute, and Consultant Paediatric Chest Physician, Royal Brompton Hospital, London UK. He is also Editor in Chief of Thorax, with Professor Ian Pavord.
His main research interests are the invasive and non-invasive assessment of airway inflammation, paediatric clinical physiology, and orphan lung diseases.
Prof. Bob Cleveland completed his fellowship in Pediatric Radiology at Boston Children’s Hospital in 1977 and remained in the Harvard system thereafter being appointed Professor of Radiology in 1998. His first 13 years on faculty were at the Massachusetts General Hospital where he rose to Chief of the Division of Pediatric Radiology. The subsequent 24 years have been at Boston Children’s Hospital where he served as Chief of the Division of General Radiology. He has served in numerous leadership positions within the hospitals, medical school and national organizations, including, among others, Co-Chair of the Quality Improvement Committee and Director of the Office of Health Professional Education for Boston Children’s Hospital, Chair of one of 4 subcommittees of the Admission’s Committee for Harvard Medical School, numerous leadership positions for the American Board of Radiology and President of the New England Roentgen Society.
His academic and clinical interests have centered on pulmonary medicine with a specific focus on cystic fibrosis and the use of imaging as an outcomes parameter for pulmonary research. He has served as the radiologist for the New England Pediatric Pulmonary Consortium since its inception approximately 30 years ago. In addition to routinely publishing in peer reviewed journals, he is the editor of the recently published textbook, Imaging in Pediatric Pulmonology.
Malena Cohen Cymberknoh
Malena Cohen Cymberknoh, M.D, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1973. She graduated from the University of Buenos Aires in 2000 and immigrated as a medical doctor to Israel at the same year. She is married and a mother of four children. Dr. Cohen-Cymberknoh did her residency in Pediatrics and her fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem, finishing the specialization on February 2010. Since then she has worked as a senior physician in the Pediatric Department and in the Center for Chronic Diseases in Childhood at Hadassah. Additionally, she is a senior lecturer and the responsible for Pediatrics for 6th year medical students, at the Hebrew University Medical School, in Jerusalem. Her special research interest fields include Cystic fibrosis (CF), Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD), asthma and other chronic lung disease (e.g. interstitial lung disease). Dr. Cohen-Cymberknoh is involved in CF research as co-investigator of many national and international multi-center clinical trials. She is also very involved in international collaborations and teaching CF teams all over the world (e.g., Argentina, Uruguay, Chile Russia and Gaza strip).
Her scientific publications include a number of papers published in some of the highest accredited journals e.g. American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine, Chest, PlosOne, European Respiratory Journal, Pediatric Pulmonology, and Journal of Cystic Fibrosis.
Andrew Colin, MD is the Batchelor Professor of Cystic Fibrosis and Pediatric Pulmonology and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami. He has continually held leadership positions with the International Congresses of Pediatric Pulmonology (CIPP) and served as the President of its 10th and 11th Congresses.
Dr. Colin published extensively and presented nationally and internationally in areas of his interest: structural and functional development and morbidity of the respiratory system with related physiological measurements, including lung diseases of late prematurity, infants with CF and HIV. Pediatric bronchoscopy. Infectious and inflammatory diseases of the lung. Pediatric Radiology.
Adnan Custovic is Professor of Allergy and Centre Lead for Respiratory Medicine and Allergy, Institute of Inflammation and Repair, University of Manchester. He is Training Programme Director for Allergy and Honorary Consultant Allergist at UHSM. He has authored or co-authored >200 articles in the major medical journals, and has contributed with numerous review articles and chapters to a number of major textbooks. At national level he served as a BSACI Secretary. At an international level, he served as a Chairman of the Asthma Section of the EAACI. He is an Associate Editor of Thorax and a member of the Editorial board of several major international specialty journals.
Pr Brigitte Fauroux is Professor in Paediatrics and exerts at Necker University Hospital and Paris 5 University. She is the head of a pediatric non-invasive ventilation and sleep unit and a respiratory physiology laboratory which is related to the research unit INSERM 955.
Professor Fauroux did part of her research training at the Respiratory Muscle Laboratory at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, UK, where she improved her expertise in respiratory physiology, respiratory muscle testing and non-invasive ventilation. She has a special interest in chronic lung disease, respiratory physiology, respiratory muscles, sleep, and noninvasive ventilation. She has published more than 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Matthias Griese, MD. Pediatrician, Pulmonologist, Allergologist, Neontologist; Director Pediatric Pneumology and Cystic Fibrosis.
Professor of Pediatrics, Childrens´ Hospital, University of Munich. Special interest in rare parenchmy lung diseases and surfactant disorders.
Research fellow B. Braun Foundation; Postdoc Pediatrics, Yale University, New Haven, USA.
John Henderson is Professor of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at the University of Bristol and Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, UK. He graduated from the University of Manchester and after training in paediatrics, he was a research fellow in Bristol, UK and Perth, Western Australia. He was awarded his MD by the University of Manchester in 1991. He returned to complete his training in paediatric respiratory and critical care medicine and was appointed as a consultant in paediatric respiratory medicine in 1993.
John’s main research interests are in the epidemiology of asthma and respiratory health in early life. He joined the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children in 1995. He is now Co-Director of ALSPAC and leads the respiratory and allergy programme. He has published over 150 papers and co-edited the Respiratory Disorders chapter in Forfar & Arneil’s Textbook of Pediatrics. He was formerly Deputy Editor of Archives of Disease of Childhood.
07/2009- 06/2010 Internship- Pediatrics - East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen School of Medicine, Johnson City, TN
07/2010-06/2012 Residency- Pediatrics - East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen School of Medicine, Johnson City, TN
07/2012- present Fellowship- Pediatric Pulmonology - University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
07/2015- 06/2016 Fellowship- Sleep medicine - University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
NATIONAL PRESENTATIONS 05/2014 Zhang W, Hothi JS, Culbreath B, Yarlagadda S, Chatham N, Srinivasan S, Tigyi GJ, Naren AP, Stokes DC. Molecular Characterization of F1099L-CFTR and Clinical Presentation in Two Patients with Varying Cystic Fibrosis Phenotypes. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2014, 189: A5516
10/2014 Poster presentation at North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Atlanta, GA “Familial Primary Hypertrophic Osteoarthropathy and Elevated Sweat Chloride”
QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
08/2013- ongoing: Bronchiolitis Quality Improvement project
Aim: to increase adherence to current AAP guideline on management of Bronchiolitis and to decrease the use of Racemic Epinephrine in inpatient populations with a diagnosis of bronchiolitis
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
07/2013- ongoing: Longitudinal study of pulmonary function including lung clearance index in children with dysphagia
11/2014- present: Retrospective chart review of Pediatric Sleep studies to assess for alpha rhythm in REM sleep as possible diagnostic tool for Narcolepsy
11/2014- present: Effect of obesity on lung function and serum inflammatory markers in children with and without asthma; and also the correlation of these conditions and subjective assessment of sleep
Dr. Hettie M. Janssens MD PhD is a paediatric pulmonologist in the Erasmus MC/Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam, the Netherlands since 2009. She received her MD at the University of Leiden. Her PhD thesis was about Aerosol therapy in children. She is the creator of the SAINT-model, an upper airway model of an infant, which has proven to be a useful tool to study aerosol deposition in children. The SAINT-model is used worldwide in aerosol laboratories. Her current research focus is dedicated to improving aerosol therapy in children with asthma and CF. She is clinical director of the multi-disciplinary CF-team in her hospital. She is involved in numerous national committees to improve patient care for children with CF, and to promote good use of inhalation therapy. She was a board member of the International Society for Aerosols (ISAM) from 2007-2011. She was vice-president of the organising committee for the ISAM congress in 2011 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She was organizer of the ERS Schoolcourse on Medical Aerosols, and she was co-chairing the ERS/ISAM taskforce on inhalation therapy. She is member of the editorial board for the Journal of Aerosols in Medicine and Pulmonary Drug delivery. She is a regular reviewer for several medical journals.
Prof. Eitan Kerem, MD, a world known leader in Cystic Fibrosis research, is a principal investigator of numerous national and international multicenter clinical trials. He is the author of seminal publications in the field, including phenotype-genotype relationships, disease prognostic factors, the molecular mechanisms for disease variability, and the development of novel mutation-specific pharmacological therapies to correct the basic defects in cystic fibrosis.
His many interests extend beyond cystic fibrosis, and he has been central to studies examining environmental interactions with genetic diseases and its influence on the disease severity, genetic markers of asthma and allergy in closed populations, and variability of disease in closed populations exposed to different environments. Increasingly, his efforts have turned to understanding the genetics of primary ciliary dyskinesia in Jewish and Palestinian children. In addition he published leading papers on management of community acquired pneumonia in children and was the first to characterize nectrotizing pneumonia and risk factors for complicated pneumonia in children.
The promotion of the medical, ethical and rights aspects of children with chronic diseases is at the forefront of his interest. He published many papers in this field and is known for his advocacy for children in need.
He also has a record of building bridges between Israelis and Palestinians furthering peace through medicine wherever possible.
Professor Kerem received a number of prestigious awards the last being the European CF Society Award in 2014.
He has authored over 170 papers covering all aspects of Pulmonology.
Matti Korppi is a professor in Pediatrics, since 2007. Research Center for Child Health, Tampere University and University Hospital, Tampere, Finland.
Associate Professor in Pediatrics, University of East Finland and Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland, 1992 – 2006.
European Respiratory Society, Scientific group for pediatric infectious diseases and immunology, Secretary 2001 – 2003, Chair 2005 – 2008.
Evidence-based guidelines for bronchiolitis, Subcomittee of American Academy of Pediatrics, Liaison member, 2004 – 2006.
Acta Paediatrica, Editorial Board 2007 – 2008, Associate Editor since 2009.
Finnish evidence-based current-care guidelines, Lower respiratory tract infections in children, Chair since 2013.
Over 300 publications on infectious diseases, allergology, immunology and pulmonology in children.
Grzegorz Lis is the Chief of Service of Department of Pulmonology, Allergy and Dermatology in Pediatric Clinic of Polish-American Children’s Hospital in Krakow. He is associate professor of pediatrics in Jagiellonian University Medical College, moreover he keeps position as the coordinator and lecturer of pediatrics in Faculty of Health Science Jagiellonian University.
He did part of his pediatric pulmonology training in Duke University and Baylor College of Medicine. He is a Chief of Pediatric Section of the Polish Respiratory Society and the national coordinator of ISAAC Study.
His main field of interest is asthma (epidemiology, exhaled biomarkers, challenge tests, relation to allergic and non—allergic rhinitis), pediatric fibrobronchoscopy, hymenoptera venom allergy in children. He has authored or co-authored numerous scientific articles and textbook chapters in this area.
Prof. Milan Macek Jr. MD, DSc is the chairman of the largest academic medical / molecular genetics institution in the Czech Republic, which also comprises a research / diagnostics reproductive genetics centre /ublg.lf2.cuni.cz/. He was the President of the European Society of Human Genetics (www.eshg,org), currently serves as the board member of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE.com) and of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society (ECFS.eu). His institute is a "clearing centre" for dissemination of knowledge in genetics gathered within various international European projects, such as CF Thematic Network, EuroGentest, EuroCareCF or Techgene, to Central and Eastern Europe. Prof. Macek did his first postdoc at the Institut of Human Genetics in Berlin, continued as a postdoctoral fellow at the McKusick-Nathans Centre for Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and during that time he was also a fellow at Harvard School of Medicine in Boston. He was the local host of the 1995 HUGO Mutation Detection Course in Brno, the 2005 European Society of Human Genetics conference and of the 2008 European Cystic Fibrosis Conference, both held in Prague. Prof. Macek is national coordinator of Orphanet (www.orpha.net), active member of Eurogentest1-2 (www.eurogentest.org), has been the chief advisor of the Czech EU Council Presidency under which the “EU Council recommendation on an action in the field of rare diseases“was adopted in June 2009. He also serves at the EUCERD.eu committee on rare diseases and within the IrDIrC.org Diagnostic committee. His research interest is in molecular genetic testing, newborn screening and population genetics in cystic fibrosis.
Thomas Murphy MD is a Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus, Duke University, Durham NC, USA
Editor in Chief, Pediatric Pulmonology 2013 – present
Section Chief of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
University of Chicago 1990-1993
Chief, Division of Pediatric Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine
Duke University, Durham NC USA 1993-2008
Chair, Long Range Planning Committee, Pediatric Assembly, ATS
Chair, Program Committee, RSF Assembly, ATS, 2010-2011
Chair, Late Breaking Abstracts, ATS, 2011
Member Center Committee, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 1992-1997 & 2000-2002
Member, Multiple Study Sections of the NIH
Member, American Pediatric Society
Basic and Clinical Research Supported by NIH, CFF, others throughout career
Developed Multiple Animal Models of Natural & Acquired Airway Hyperresponsiveness
Later Focus on the Ontogeny of Airway Smooth Muscle Responses
Dr. Daniel K. Ng is currently the Chief of Service of Department of Paediatrics, Kwong Wah Hospital, Hong Kong. He is the honorary council member of the Hong Kong Society of Paediatric Respirology. Dr. Ng graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 1984. He underwent general paediatric training in the Caritas Medical Centre and Kwong Wah Hospital in Hong Kong. His interest in paediatric respiratory medicine started in 1992 and he received further training in this area in the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. He was awarded Master of Medical Sciences by the University of Hong Kong for his works in neonatology in 1999. He received training in paediatric sleep medicine in Stanford University Sleep Disorders Center and started the paediatric sleep service in Kwong Wah Hospital. For his research works in paediatric sleep-disordered breathing, he was awarded Doctor of Medicine by the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Ng was Foundation Fellow of Hong Kong Academy of Medicine and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
On the international level, he is the convenor of the Asian Paediatric Respirology Interest Group and council member of the World Association of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Ng had served as international affairs committee member of the American Thoracic Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He was also the regional director of the International Pediatric Sleep Association.till 2011.
Dr. Ng’s main research interests are sleep-disordered breathing, asthma and allergic rhinitis . Dr. Ng has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers in indexed journals and has served as reviewers for over 10 international medical journals. He is also the editor of Journal of Paediatric Respirology and Critical Care.
Hugh O’Brodovich, MD FRCP(C) assumed the positions of chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Adalyn Jay Physician in Chief at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in 2008. Previously (1996-2006), he was the Chair of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto and the Paediatrician in Chief at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). In 2010 he was appointed as the inaugural Director of the Stanford Child Health Research Institute. His laboratory has conducted research on how the lung’s airspaces become fluid filled (mechanisms of pulmonary edema) and how airspace fluid is cleared under both physiologic (fetal lung liquid at birth) and pathophysiologic (pulmonary edema) conditions. His current research involves population-based studies to discover the genetic influences on the development of Bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Dr. O'Brodovich has been the Associate Editor of the American Review of Respiratory Disease, Editor of Pediatric Research, and a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Physiology and served as a member of the CHRI’s Advisory Board of the Institute of Human Development Child and Youth Health. He has published 168 peer reviewed manuscripts and 21 book chapters.
Prof. Petr Pohunek, MD PhD FCCP. Head, Division of Pediatric Respiratory Diseases, Pediatric Department, 2nd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and University Hospital Motol, Prague, Czech Republic.
Chairman of the Czech Society for Pediatric Pulmonology.
Chairman, Group 7.7 (Pediatric Bronchology) of the Pediatric Assembly of the European Respiratory Society.
Main research interest: Pediatric Asthma; Primary ciliary dyskinesia; Pediatric chronic respiratory diseases.
Marti Pons Odena
Dr Martí Pons is consultant paediatrician for pediatric intensive care in Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, one of the largest paediatric teaching hospitals in Spain. He is also in charge of the Home ventilation program.
Graduated from Medical School at Barcelona University in 1990,Martí did his PhD research in the same university, and defended his thesis about “non-invasive ventilation in the acute setting” cum laude. He was trained in Paediatrics and did his fellowship in Paediatric Intensive Care at Hospital Sant Joan de Deú were exerts his current position as a consultant.
Dr. Pons’s clinical interests include respiratory care in critical care. Active areas of research include mechanical ventilation, mainly focused on non invasive ventilation (NIV). Martí has contributed to more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has edited three books on paediatric non-invasive ventilation. Recently has launched, the third edition written in collaboration with Dr Medina, Martinón-Torres, Gili and Mayordomo-Colunga.
Dr. Pons is member of Respiratory working group of Spanish PICU society and ESPNIC (European society). Last eight years has participated in many international meetings and organized several courses promoting NIV use in acute and also chronic pediatric patient.
Prof. Jean-Paul Praud is a Senior Pediatric Pulmonologist at the Sherbrooke University Hospital, Quebec, Canada, and Director, Center for Research into Maternal and Child Health, University of Sherbrooke. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Neonatal Respiratory Physiology.
He is Past-President, CIPP V and has been President, ICPP-The Course, since 2007.
His main research interests are in the field of sleep apneas, nasal ventilation and laryngeal function.
Prof. Giovanni A. Rossi
1990 - Present: Chief, Pulmonary and Allergy Units, G. Gaslini Institute, Genoa, Italy.
1992 - Present: Adjunct Professor of Paediatric Pulmonology, University of Genoa, Italy.
1980 - Present: Member of the American Thoracic Society.
1992 - 1994: Chairman of the Assembly "Lung Cell Biology" of the European Respiratory Society.
1992 - 1994: Member of the Executive Committee of the European Respiratory Society.
1999 - 2005: Assessor of the Interasma Executive Committee
2007 - 2011: President Italian Society of Paediatric Respiratory Disorders.
1985 - 1987: Associate Editor, "Bulletin Europeen de Physiopathologiae Respiratoire".
1986 - 1992: Section Editor for Immunology & Lung Cells, of "The European Respiratory Journal".
1991 - Present: Charter Member of the Board of Reviewing Editors of the "Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine".
1992 - 2004: Member of the Editorial Board, "Paediatric Pulmonology".
1992 - 2005: Member of the Editorial Board, "Monaldi, Archives for Chest Diseases".
2004 - Present: Member of the editorial board of "Current Pediatric Reviews."
2004 - Present: Member of the editorial board of “Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews."
2007 - 2010: Section Editor of “Respiratory Medicine”
Major research interests:
Publications: 1 book, 14 book chapters and 283 manuscripts (pubmed).
Prof. Bruce Rubin is the Jessie Ball duPont Distinguished Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and Physician in Chief of the Children’s Hospital of Richmond. He is also Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at VCU. Prof Rubin is a pediatric pulmonary physician and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC). As a Rhodes Scholar, he trained as a post doc in Biomedical Engineering at Oxford University and in Paediatric Respirology at Sick Kids in Toronto. He holds the MD and Masters in Engineering degrees from Tulane and an MBA degree from Wake Forest University School of Business.
Dr. Rubin received the 2008 Forrest M. Bird Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award, the top research honor given by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), in 2011 he presented the Phil Kittredge Memorial Keynote lecture at the AARC in 2012, he was awarded Jimmy Young Memorial medal from the AARC. He holds honorary appointments in 4 medical schools. He is on the editorial board of 12 medical journals, has published more than 200 original research papers and chapters and holds seven patents. Dr. Rubin and his research team study aerosol therapy for lung diseases, airway inflammation and excessive mucus that contributes to lung disease.
He is also an accomplished magician, an elected member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and over the past 20 years had taught medical magic in 28 countries on 5 continents.
James Seddon is an Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at Imperial College London. He divides his time between clinical work, research and teaching. The clinical work takes place at St. Mary's Hospital and includes the care of children with complex infectious diseases as well as those with immune deficiencies. His major area of research is children with tuberculosis, specifically drug-resistant forms. He studied medicine at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and Imperial College London and has worked in the UK, Australia, Côte d'Ivoire and South Africa.
Renato T. Stein, MD, MPH, PhD graduated in Medicine in 1979 from Pontifícia Universidade Católica, in Porto Alegre, Brazil where he completed his residency in Pediatrics in 1982. He took over as Assistant Professor at the Department of Pediatrics in 1986, and from 1987 to 1989 was a fellow in the Pediatric Pulmonary Service in Toronto, at The Hospital for Sick Children. In 1994 Dr. Stein took a position as a research fellow in Tucson, Arizona, where he worked with the Children’s Respiratory Study cohort, publishing in the field of risk factors related to asthma in children. In 2011 he did a 6 months sabaticcal in the Center for Environmental Epidemiology, in Barcelona, Spain. In Brazil Dr. Stein has been leading a large and productive group of researchers at his Institution. His main areas of interest are the relation between respiratory viruses and recurrent wheeze, asthma phenotypes, impact of the environment on respiratory health, and respiratory disease of preterm infants.
Dennis C. Stokes, MD MPH is currently St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Professor of Pediatrics (Pediatric Pulmonology) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Chief, Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He is a native of western Kentucky and attended Wabash College (AB, ‘69) and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (MD, ‘73). He received his MPH (Epidemiology) from Indiana University (’07). He received his pediatric training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital (‘73-76, Chief resident, ‘78-79) and completed his fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at The Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Boston (’76-78). He has held pediatric faculty positions at Johns Hopkins, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Vanderbilt University, Indiana University/Riley Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth/Dartmouth Medical School before returning to Memphis in 2007. His clinical and research interests have included cystic fibrosis, pulmonary complications of childhood cancer therapy, and asthma.
Alexander Ocampo Tuazon, MD, MDE. Philippine Board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology, active in teaching, research and clinical practice. A holder of a Master in Distance Education. Professor in Pediatrics, past Director of the Institute of Child Health and Human Development, University of the Philippines Manila. Current Head, Section of Pediatric Pulmonology at the College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila, Vice President of the Philippine Pediatric Society and Member of the Philippine Subspecialty Board in Pediatric Pulmonology. Research interests include asthma, pulmonary infections and pulmonary physiology. Has published with book chapters, consensus statements on asthma, and research articles both in the Philippines and in international publications. An officer and member in a number of professional organizations involved in pediatrics, pediatric pulmonology, asthma, pharmacology, and pharmaceutical medicine. Contact Address: Section of Pulmonology, Department of Pediatrics, Philippine General Hospital, Taft Avenue, Manila, Philippines.
Professor Gary Wong obtained his undergraduate medical education from the University of Alberta, Canada. He subsequently received fellowship training at University of British Columbia, and Children’s Hospital of British Columbia, Canada and a visiting Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital at Munich, Germany. He then returned to Hong Kong to teach at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Dr Wong’s main research interests include different aspects of allergic and respiratory diseases. In particular, he is interested in the epidemiology and environmental determinants of asthma, wheezing illness, related allergic disorders, non-invasive monitoring of asthma, assessment of asthma control, and respiratory infections. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) and he is one of the steering committee members of the ISAAC (International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood) research group. He has published over 200 original articles, review papers, and book chapters in the field of asthma and allergies. He is the current President of the Asia-Pacific Association of Pediatric Allergy, Respirology and Immunology (APAPARI). Among other duties within several editorial boards, he is also an associate editor of New England Journal of Medicine, one of the Section Editors of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology and the Associate Editor of Pediatric Pulmonology.
Heather Zar is Professor and Chair of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Director of the School of Child and Adolescent Health at Red Cross Childrens Hospital at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. After specialising in Paediatrics she did a fellowship in Paediatric Pulmonology, then a PhD. She is based at Red Cross Childrens Hospital, one of the largest dedicated childrens’ hospital in Africa. She leads a large department in providing care for sick children, training of undergraduate and post graduate students, undertaking research and advocacy to promote child health. Her work on childhood respiratory diseases, including tuberculosis, pneumonia, asthma and HIV-associated lung diseases has been internationally recognized; she has published more than 200 peer reviewed publications and has substantial international grant support. She has established a strong training program in childhood lung diseases including training several paediatricians in Africa. She currently serves as President of the Pan African Thoracic Society and President of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies. She received the World Lung Health award in 2014.