Tackling chronic cough


Taking place on 27 September, this ERS Vision Live panel discussed tackling chronic cough

The expert panellists discussed key areas, including:

  • The demographics of the condition – chronic cough in the general population and in the clinical setting,
  • the mechanistic evolution in understanding chronic cough,
  • and finally, the clinical approach to a patient with chronic cough and update on clinical trials.


Prof. Lorcan McGarvey

  • Prof. McGarvey is Consultant Chest Physician and Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Queen’s University of Belfast.
  • His research programme is focused on clinical and scientific aspects of chronic cough.
  • He is an expert member on the ERS Cough Task Force and ACCP Cough Guidelines Expert Committee and is Co-Chair of the ERS NEuroCOUGH Clinical Research Consortium.

Prof. Jaclyn Smith 

  • Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Manchester
  • Honorary Consultant in Respiratory Medicine at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Director of the Manchester NIHR Clinical Research Facility.


Ass. Prof Woo-Jung Song

  • Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Asan Medical Center in the University of Ulsan College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea.
  • He is member of international and national guideline task forces for chronic cough, including recent European Respiratory Society and Korean chronic cough guidelines.
  • He is currently serving as Deputy chief editor for ERJ Open Research.

Ass. Prof. Matthew Drake 

  • Matthew Drake is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at Oregon Health & Science University.
  • His research focuses on the role of neuro-immune interactions in the pathogenesis of chronic cough and asthma.
  • He splits his clinical time between pulmonary medicine and critical care, in which he also serves as an educator for medical trainees and graduate students.

Prof. Surinder Birring 

  • Surinder Birring is Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Consultant Respiratory Physician at King’s College Hospital, London (specialist clinics in ILD, Cough and Sarcoidosis).
  • His research focuses on the assessment and treatment of cough and the development of disease specific quality of life measures.
  • He has also been the chief investigator of numerous multi-centre clinical trials.

Dr. Marta Dąbrowska

  • Dąbrowska is a specialist in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases and allergology at the Department of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases and Allergy, Medical University of Warsaw.
  • Her research interests are management of adults with chronic cough, chest imaging and bronchoscopy.
  • She is leader of the cough clinic in the Medical University of Warsaw and Polish National Lead in the ERS NEuroCOUGH Clinical Research Collaboration.
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