ERS Vision – Live Panel Discussion

Lifting the invisibility of dyspnea: a clinical and ethical challenge

8 March, 2022 | Online

18:00–19:00 CET


Taking place on 8 March, this ERS Vision Live panel discussion focuses on the clinical and ethical challenges of dyspnea.

The expert panellists will be discussing key areas, including:

  • The existential experience of dyspnea and its invisibility
  • Experiential learning to sensitize medical trainees to dyspnea
  • Raising the public awareness of dyspnea: lessons from the COVID era

This event is free to access but registration is required.


Prof. Thomas Similowski - profile image
Prof. Thomas Similowski

Prof. Similowski is the head of the respiratory, critical care, pulmonary rehabilitation, and sleep medicine at la Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital, Paris, France. He is also the director of the INSERM-Sorbonne Université UMRS 1158 research unit, devoted to the study of the relationships between the respiratory system and the nervous system. He has a particular interest in dyspnea, envisioned from the physiological, clinical, and sociological point of view. In this regard, he is currently directing a specific research program addressing dyspnea invisibility and how to lift it

Prof. Capucine Morélot-Panzini  - profile image
Prof. Capucine Morélot-Panzini

Capucine Morélot-Panzini is a Professor of Pulmonology at the Sorbonne University Medical School in Paris. Specialized in unexplained dyspnea and chronic respiratory failure, she heads the Department of Respiratory Medicine of the Pitié-Salpétrière University Hospital (Paris). From 2004 to 2006, she took a period of full-time research and studied the interactions between dyspnoea and pain showing that dyspnoea has nociceptive properties. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Dyspnea Lab of Harvard Medical School (Boston), she has been leading the team of “Neurophysiological determinants of breathlessness and its treatment applications” in UMRS 1158 Inserm-Sorbonne University since 2012.


Prof. Havi Carel  - profile image
Prof. Havi Carel

Havi Carel is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol. She studies the experience of illness, death, and phenomenology. She recently completed a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award, the Life of Breath and was awarded the Health Humanities’ Inspiration Award 2018 for this work. Her third monograph, Phenomenology of Illness, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. She was selected as a ‘Best of Bristol’ lecturer in 2016.

Prof. Nicholas Hopkinson  - profile image
Prof. Nicholas Hopkinson

Professor Nicholas Hopkinson is based at The National Heart and Lung Institute of Imperial College on the Royal Brompton Hospital Campus. His research focuses on addressing exercise and activity limitation in COPD in areas including pulmonary physiology and lung volume reduction, skeletal muscle impairment and pulmonary rehabilitation. He is active in tobacco control advocacy and is Chair of Action on Smoking and Health ASH(UK), as well as Medical Director of the British Lung Foundation.

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Dr. Maxens Decavèle

After a medical residency in respiratory medicine, Maxens specialized in critical care and has a 5-year senior experience in the Respiratory and Critical Care and Division at Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, France. Currently PhD student at Sorbonne University – INSERM UMR_S1158 unit (Prof Thomas Similowski), he conducts fundamental and clinical studies in respiratory neurophysiology. His main research topics in this field are dedicated to the development of tools to assess respiratory suffering in its multiple dimensions and inferring dyspnea in noncommunicative patients in the ICU setting. He has also been involved in an ERS Task Force as an early career member.

Dr. Laure Serresse  - profile image
Dr. Laure Serresse

Dr Laure Serresse has been a palliative care specialist at Pité-Salpêtrière Hospital (Paris, France) for 10 years. She has been been involved in the development of the palliative approach in chronic respiratory diseases and more specifically in the management of patients with persistent breathlessness. She is currently a PhD student at Sorbonne University – INSERM UMR_S1158 unit (Prof Thomas Similowski), her research topic focuses on the dyspnea invisibility using several approaches (Phenomenological, Experiential and Experimental) to understand its complexity and impact with quality of care.