Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference
and Global Lung Health: Exposure, Susceptibility and Intervention” Lisa A.
Maier, M.D., M.S.P.H. Chair
Arnold R. Brody, Ph.D. and David A. Schwartz, M.D., M.P.H., Co-Chairs June
7-10, 2017 The
Gant Conference Center Aspen,
majority of chronic lung diseases are due to environmental exposures, and
occupational toxicants. Understanding
the mechanisms by which exposures cause chronic lung diseases, and developing
novel strategies to limit or prevent these diseases would significantly impact
global lung health. With an emphasis on the integration of basic, translational
and clinical approaches, the 60th Annual Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference
will focus on a central question: how
can knowledge of the mechanisms underlying exposure-induced chronic lung
diseases be translated into effective approaches to treat and ultimately
prevent disease burden? To address this central question, we organized the
program into a series of thematic sessions focusing on (i) the magnitude and
burden of exposure-induced lung diseases and their impact on global health (ii)
exposure assessment, exposure biology and the susceptible host, (iii) the
molecular mechanisms of exposure that result in lung fibrosis, asthma and other
chronic lung diseases, (iv) epigenetic, genetic, and genomic interactions with
the environment, resulting in obstructive lung disease, cancer, and pulmonary
fibrosis and (v) strategic approaches to translate scientific advances to
prevent and intervene to reduce exposures and improve lung health. These diverse themes will be reconciled in
a concluding Conference Summary presented by Jonathan M. Samet, M.D., M.S.,
Professor of Preventive Medicine and
Director, Institute for Global Health, University of Southern California.
deadline is February 14, 2017. For more
information, contact: Lisa A. Maier, 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
We seek to accomplish the following objectives:
1. To provide an international forum for leading basic, translational, and clinical researchers to exchange
ideas regarding fundamental
concepts regarding the contribution of exposure and susceptibility to development
chronic lung disease.
2. To stimulate interactions between the scientific fields of exposure biology, molecular biology, epigenetics,
genetics, genomics and public health with the goal of
identifying emerging, shared interests that may lead to the
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 approaches to intervene to reduce disease progression and exposures,
and enhance lung health globally.
4. To challenge and stimulate the scientific interests of trainees, attracting a new generation of junior
investigators into the field of exposure-induced lung disease and global health.
At the conclusion of
this conference attendees
will be able to:
state-of-the-art concepts regarding the contribution of exposure and host susceptibility to chronic lung disease, including common diseases such as COPD, asthma, interstitial lung diseases and cancer.
complex interactions between exposure, molecular mechanisms of exposure, as well as
epigenetic, genetic and genomics mechanisms in the pathology of exposure-induced
3) Incorporate concepts
growing fields of exposure biology and exposure assessment, stem cell biology, Omics, including epigenetics and transcriptomic, into experimental approaches to better define the mechanisms of exposure induced
4) To develop novel
strategies to reduce exposures and enhance lung health
and prevent disease.
Intended Audience: Local/Regional/National/International
Physicians/Clinicians (adult and pediatric)/Research Physician-Scientists-Environmental
Lung Health, Pulmonary Sciences, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine/Primary Care
Physicians/General Medicine Physicians/Public Health.
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