This course will provide a solid knowledge base for PhD students and clinical fellows new to the respiratory field. Secondly, it is a refresher course for researchers and clinicians already working in the field. As such, the course will provide pre-recorded modules that present a brief recap of essential knowledge that is provided in most Master courses at the University level, deepened with current state-of-the-art knowledge by world experts. The pre-recorded modules will be available before the course, participants will be notified once these are available.
During the interactive program days (15-17 May 2023), the audience will be primed by lectures that are aimed to stimulate discussion and will serve as an introduction to a variety of active learning sessions (to be determined by the chairs and discussion leaders). In these sessions, the participants will be able to bring in their own questions and cases, and/or discuss the application of knowledge and techniques to their own research projects.
A CME application has been made to the European Board for Accreditation in Pneumology (EBAP). The number of credits that you will receive corresponds to your attendance during the onsite course. Please note that you need to sign the register of attendance each day to ensure that you receive the CME credits.
- The first day is dedicated to lung physiology and addresses respiratory diseases from a physiological perspective.
- The second day is dedicated to lung structures and their cellular composition in health and disease, and throughout life. It addresses processes of repair and regeneration, and their implications in respiratory diseases.
- The first part of the third day focuses on the immunological response of the lungs, on the role of acute and chronic inflammation in respiratory diseases. The second part of the third day zooms into molecular aspects important in lung physiology and disease development, such as mitochondria, proteostasis, and mechanosensing.
- The opening lecture will emphasize the importance of a good start to life through lung development. The exposome is the central concept of the closing lecture and will be used to illustrate lung function trajectories ending in lung aging.
The topics addressed in this course are related to all CPD modules.
- Pre-recorded modules
- Opening and closing lectures
- Live lectures – priming discussion
- Interactive discussions – active learning sessions
Please note that all timings are in Central European Summer Time (CEST).
Recordings of each session will be made available to registered participants after the event.
Following this course, participants will be able to describe basic respiratory physiological functions from respiratory mechanics to gas exchange and transport or control of breathing, and how these are dysregulated in respiratory diseases. Participants will have obtained up-to-date insight into lung structures and their cellular composition in health and disease, and throughout life, and understand processes of repair and regeneration, including at the molecular level, and their implications in respiratory diseases. The participants will also gain knowledge of the immunological response of the lungs, and the role of acute and chronic inflammation in respiratory diseases.
- PhD students
- Clinical researchers
- Participants can sign up for the 3-day program or select days.
- Pre-recorded modules can be watched prior to the virtual school and will remain available after the course.
- Participants might be asked to prepare for some of the interactive sessions (e.g. by submitting a case).
- Early career members will be asked to facilitate interactive sessions and to work together with faculty on day 2 to deliver priming lectures.
Virtual academy fees
3-day course fees:
|Category||3 full days|
|Early Career ERS Members||480|
|Industry (ERS Members & non-Members)||1100|
1-day course fees:
|Category||1 full day|
|Early Career ERS Members||230|
|Industry (ERS Members & non-Members)||600|
Registration fees are non-refundable.
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Five ERS bursaries are available, which cover the registration fees for the Virtual academy of lung physiology and structure.
To be eligible to apply, you must be:
- Under 40 years old
- A member of ERS
Please note that only one bursary may be allocated per person, per calendar year.
To apply, sign in to your myERS account when registering for this course. If you meet the criteria listed above, you will have the option to apply for the bursary at the time of registration.
You will be prompted to complete a digital form as part of the bursary application and to upload your CV. Please complete the form, attach your CV and then submit.
Please note that only completed application forms with an attached CV will be considered.
- Bursary application deadline: 15 March, 2023
- Bursary application notification: 12 April, 2023
Would you like to get involved in the programme?
By submitting a clinical case, if selected, your work could be presented in the case-based discussions at the Virtual academy of lung physiology and structure.
Take this opportunity and submit a 5-minute pre-recording of your case covering any of the topics featured in the the virtual school.
Please access the recording guide with instructions on how to record your presentation with PowerPoint and the case report template. Please make sure that the case does not contain any patient data and that the topic is specified.
Upload your narrated presentation here before Monday, 17 April, 2023.
The organising committee will select the cases to be shown and discussed. We will inform you once the chosen cases are confirmed.
During the session the pre-recorded cases will be shown followed by a 10-minutes live discussion with faculty and delegates. Please make sure that you will be available to attend the session live and do not hesitate to contact us in case of any questions.