Update on Severe Asthma 2021

DATE: THURSDAY AND Friday, March 25-26, 2021

LOCATION: Live On-Line (with recorded presentations available for 1 month following the course)

For additional information, call Chris Fanta at 617-732-4353

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MARCH 25, 2021 – Day 1: Understanding Asthma

9:25-9:30  a.m. EDT Welcome and introduction E. Israel, C. Fanta
9:30 – 10:05 Genetic Diseases and Airway Obstruction B. Raby
10:05 – 10:40 Severe Asthma in the Age of Corona Virus and Racial Injustice M. Louisias
10:40—11:15 Occupational Exposures and Severe Asthma R. McCunney
11:15 – 12:00 Workshop A: Microbiome and the Development of Asthma
Workshop B: Vitamin D, Lung Development, & the Origins of Asthma
Workshop C: Lipoxins and Severe Asthma
K. Lee‐Sarwar
S. Weiss
B. Levy
12:00 – 12:30 Guest Lecture: New Findings in European Severe Asthma Cohorts S.-E Dahlén
2:30-3:05 Obesity and Asthma A. Dixon
3:05 – 3:40 Asthma in Schools W. Phipatanakul
Special Consideration
3:40-4:15 ABPA and Eosinophilic Lung Disease J. Boyce
4:15-5:00 Case Discussions: Diagnostic Dilemmas Panel


9:30-10:05  a.m. EDT Evaluation of Severe Asthma: A Systematic Approach N. Barrett
10:05 – 10:40 Insights from the GINA and NAEPP Asthma Guidelines C. Fanta
10:40 – 11:15 Choosing Among the Biologics for Severe Asthma E. Israel
11:15—11:50 Stepping‐Up Care in Children with Severe Asthma K. Haver
11:50 – 12:30 Workshop D: Gastroesophageal Reflux and Severe Asthma
Workshop E: Laryngeal Disordered Breathing Mimicking
Severe Asthma
Workshop F: Treating Rhinosinusitis and Nasal Polyposis

W. Chan
T. Carroll & L. Gordon

A. Maxfield

2:30-3:05 Aspirin‐Exacerbated Respiratory Disease T. Laidlaw
3:05 – 3:50 Bronchial Thermoplasty: Pro and Con S.Majid and E. Israel
3:50-4:25 Novel Therapies: A Look into the Future E. Israel
4:25-5:00 Case Discussions: Therapeutic Dilemmas Panel



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