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Respiratory infections have long been an important aspect of the respiratory field. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted this more than ever, by emphasising the urgent need for public health preparedness for infectious disease outbreaks and the importance of continued research into prevention, detection and treatment of respiratory infections.
The ERS International Congress programme includes a dedicated respiratory infection track that has been developed by experts in the field. The track includes a variety of activities for health professionals who are involved in the management of pulmonary and respiratory infections and for researchers with an interest in this disease area.
Q: What do you think will be the popular topics in the respiratory infections field at this year’s Congress, and what will be a particular highlight for you?
A: Assembly 10 will have the opportunity to attend several relevant and interesting sessions. We will have the best in ERJ on COVID-19, the state of the art on respiratory infections, a session on severe CAP guidelines and even a postgraduate course on pediatric respiratory infections. I would also like to highlight a session on CFTR modulators. A particular highlight for me will be the session on the new drugs and regimens for tuberculosis.
Q: What does Congress offer to early career professionals who specialise in respiratory infections?
A: The ERS 2022 Congress offers early career members a great opportunity to meet and hear from experts in the respiratory infections field, as well as presenting their own work to discuss with fellow researchers. Highlights of this year’s congress for respiratory infection ECMs include State of the Art and Lungs on Fire sessions focusing on respiratory infections and Hot Topic sessions on COVID-19.
This year’s congress with also feature the first ERS Networking Excellence Training programme, where early career members with high scoring abstracts from each assembly will be invited to take part in a variety of sessions including manuscript writing and publishing, leadership development and presentation skills.
The Early Career Member Committee will have a stand at the conference where members can find out more about how to become involved in ECM activities within the ERS.