UPDATE ON SEVERE ASTHMA 2021

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Assessment and management of severe asthma are issues that remain at the forefront of modern asthma investigation and care.  This two-day course will provide insights from a multidisciplinary team representing the Severe Asthma Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Our sessions will include Pathophysiology and Assessment; Pediatric Asthma; Asthma Therapeutics; and Special Considerations.  Lectures will cover topics in the genetics of obstructive lung diseases; aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease; and the microbiome in asthma.  We will address environmental exposures in schools and current recommendations in the step-up care of children with asthma.  Special considerations will include ABPA and other eosinophilic lung diseases; vocal cord movement disorder; and occupational asthma.  We will focus on the treatment of asthma, including the use of biologics to treat severe asthma; updated guidelines from GINA and NAEPP; and novel and emerging asthma therapies.  We will have workshops on gastroesophageal reflux and asthma; rhinosinusitis and nasal polyposis; and laryngeal disordered breathing.  Lunchtime panel discussions will explore case examples of severe asthma.   Our guest lecturer, Professor Sven-Erik Dahlén, is Professor of Experimental Asthma and Allergy Research at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and Director of its Center for Allergy Research. Our Invited Speaker on “Obesity and Asthma” is Dr. Anne Dixon, Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and Director of the Vermont Lung Center.

This course is appropriate for allergists, pulmonologists, and other specialists with an interest in the management of severe asthma.

FACULTY: 

Nora Barrett, M.D. is Director of Research Training in the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Joshua Boyce, M.D. is Chief of the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Director of the Jeff and Penny Vinik Center for Allergic Disease Research.  He is the Albert L. Sheffer Professor of Medicine in the Field of Allergic Disease at Harvard Medical School.

Thomas Carroll, M.D. is a member of the Division of Otolaryngology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he directs the Voice Program.

Walter Chan, M.D., Ph.D. is a gastroenterologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with a special interest in gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Sven-Erik Dahlén, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Experimental Asthma and Allergy Research at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and Director of its Center for Allergy Research.

Anne Dixon, M.D. is Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.  She serves as Director of the Vermont Lung Center.

Christopher Fanta, M.D. is a pulmonologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Director of Partners Asthma Center, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Lindsey Gordon, M.S., CCC-SLP is SLP is a Speech Language Pathologist in the Voice Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Kenan Haver, M.D. is a pediatric pulmonologist and Director of the Asthma Program of the Pulmonary Division at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Elliot Israel, M.D. is Director of the Asthma Research Center and Co-Director of the Severe Asthma Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He is the Simboli Family Professor of Asthma Research at Harvard Medical School.  He is a member of the Severe Asthma Research Program and of the Precision Interventions for Severe and/or Exacerbation Prone Asthma (PrecISE) Network of the National Institutes of Health.

Tanya Laidlaw, M.D. is a member of the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she leads the clinical and research programs of the Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease Center and serves as Director of Translational Research in Allergy.

Kathleen Lee-Sarwar, M.D. is a member of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and she is engaged in research in the Channing Division of Network Medicine.

Bruce Levy, M.D. is Chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division and Co-Director of The Lung Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He is the Parker B. Francis Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Margee Louisias, M.D, M.P.H. is Director of Diversity and Inclusion in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Shafiq Majid, M.D., M.P.H. is an interventional pulmonologist with expertise in bronchial thermoplasty and member of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Alice Maxfield, M.D. is an otolaryngologist and Brigham and Women’s and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospitals with a special interest in rhinosinusitis and nasal polyposis.

Robert McCunney, M.D. is an Occupational Medicine specialist, member of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Visiting Scientist at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

Wanda Phipatanakul, M.D., M.S. is a member of the Allergy and Immunology Division at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she heads the Asthma Clinical Research Center.  She is a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Benjamin Raby, M.D., M.P.H. is a pulmonologist and member of the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he directs the Pulmonary Genetics Center.  He is also Chief of Pulmonary Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Scott Weiss, M.D., M.S.  is a member of the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Scientific Director of Partners Healthcare Personalized Medicine.