Immunology is an area of the curriculum which is relevant to a growing number of areas of day to day practice in Respiratory medicine, but does not often receive explicit attention in the training programme.
In view of this, Dr David Jackson has put together a one day workshop on ‘Immunology for chest physicians’. The aim is to help respiratory trainees and consultants get to grips with some of the immunological principles required to fully understand which tests to order, how to interpret them and which of the current and new treatments may be suitable for patients.
The programme really does look excellent, with topics from innate and adaptive immunity in the lung, to specific talks on immune pathways relevant to asthma, COPD, ILD, and TB. You will recognise many leaders in their fields on the faculty!
Look at the programme here: Immunology for Respiratory Physicians Agenda
The course is on Saturday 1st October on the Guy’s Hospital campus and is free of charge to delegates. This is possible due to support from industry (TEVA). We have been reassured that this was an unrestricted educational grant and that the sponsors had no influence on topic or speaker selection, or on materials presented in the talks on the day.
Places are limited to 70 so it is essential to register. A certificate of attendance with CPD points will be provided for portfolio purposes. Future courses are planned for next year and will cover additional areas of interest.
Email to register: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can’t make this training, why not read this review from Nature Reviews Immunology. It’s from 2008 so may not cover all up to date research, but gives a good overview:
- Holt, Patrick G., et al. “Regulation of immunological homeostasis in the respiratory tract.” Nature Reviews Immunology 8.2 (2008): 142-152.