Research Seminar

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Seminar Programme

Scientific programme as of 15.12.2020

Pharmacology of asthma and COPD: current and future developments

Pharmacological management of airway obstructive diseases is a fast evolving field. Several advances in unravelling disease mechanism as well as intracellular and molecular pathways of drug action have been accomplished. While the clinical translation and implementation of in vitro results at bedside remains challenging, advances in the comprehending of mechanisms of respiratory medication is expected to assist clinician-scientists in identifying meaningful read-outs and designing clinical studies. The crosstalk between basic, translational and clinical experts at all levels, including other stockholders such as industry and patient representatives should align common needs and expectations. This research seminar will focus on the current understanding of disease mechanisms and drug action and how the cooperation between basic, translational and clinical research can contribute to advance the field.


This research seminar will allow participants to:

  • Understand the nature and mechanisms of actions of the current pharmacological therapy of obstructive lung disease
  • Analyse the key challenges faced during clinical development of anti-inflammatory drugs for asthma and COPD
  • Explain concepts related to lung remodelling and regeneration in airway disease
  • Evaluate challenges in the treatment of patients with asthma and COPD
  • Synthetize mechanisms of steroid resistance, drug interactions and pharmacogenetics in obstructive lung disease
  • Predict ways to optimize drug therapy in asthma and COPD
  • Network and have the possibility to engage in high-level debates and refine their ideas



Admittance to this seminar is upon selection due to the limited number of places available. Registration is now open. If you want to attend, please complete the online registration form by the registration deadline: Monday 1 March 2021. Notification of registrant selections will be send by end of April 2021.

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