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                         Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference
                                         58th Annual Meeting
                     “Asthma 2015: Mechanisms to Personalized Medicine”
                                          June 10-13, 2015
                                   The Gant Conference Center
                                          Aspen, Colorado
The theme of the Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference, 58th Annual Meeting is “Asthma 2015:  Mechanisms to Personalized Medicine”, Monica Kraft, M.D., Chair and Anthony Gerber, M.D., Ph.D., Stanley Szefler, M.D., and Michael Wechsler, M.D., Co-Chairs.  With an emphasis on the integration of basic, translational and clinical approaches, the meeting will focus on a central question: how can we translate knowledge regarding the mechanisms underlying airway immunology, inflammation and repair into effective, personalized approaches to asthma therapy? Anchored by twelve State of the Art Presentations from thought leaders in their respective fields, the conference will specifically focus on this central question.  We have organized the program into a series of thematic sessions focusing on (i) new concepts in asthma beyond adaptive immunity including new arenas in T cell biology, the microbiome, macrophage biology, epigenetics, genomics and oxidant biology, (ii) host response/innate immune mechanisms and autophagy (iii) contemporary understanding of mechanotransduction and remodeling, and (iv) strategic approaches to translating scientific advances into impactful therapy including molecular phenotyping, corticosteroid resistance and drug development for patients with mild, moderate and severe asthma. The conference summary will be presented by Fernando D. Martinez, M.D., Director of the Arizona Respiratory Center at the University of Arizona, Tucscon, Arizona.
Abstract deadline is February 14, 2015.  For more information, contact: Monica Kraft, M.D., c/o Jeanne Cleary, Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference, PO Box 1622, Parker, CO 80134   Phone:  (303) 358-2797.  Fax:  (720) 851-1034. 
Program Learning Objectives
1)     To provide an international forum for leading basic, translational, and clinical researchers to exchange ideas regarding fundamental concepts contributing to lung inflammation and remodeling.
2)    To stimulate interactions between the scientific fields of immunology, pathology, genetics and molecular biology with the goal of identifying emerging, shared interests that may lead to the performance of more efficient and productive research.
3)    To enhance the likelihood of success in translation of preclinical scientific advances into direct patient benefit by developing novel strategies to better implement scientific advances into patient care and by addressing challenges in clinical trial design.
4)    To challenge and stimulate the scientific interests of trainees, attracting a new generation of junior investigators into the field of asthma pathobiology.
Intended Audience:  Local/Regional/National/International
Physicians/clinicians (adult and pediatric)/Research Physician-Scientists-Pulmonary Sciences, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine/Primary Care Physicians/General Medicine Physicians/Public Health

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