Media Advisory - 2009 Canadian Respiratory Conference to Focus on Improved Quality of Life for Canadians Living with Respiratory Disease



    TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - More than three million Canadians are faced
with one of five serious respiratory diseases - asthma, chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, tuberculosis (TB), and cystic fibrosis.
People of all ages, cultures and backgrounds are affected by these and other
respiratory diseases such as influenza, pneumonia, bronchiolitis, respiratory
distress syndrome and sleep apnea, on a daily basis.(i)
    This year's conference, "A Breath of Fresh Air" is presented through the
collaborative efforts of The Canadian Thoracic Society, Canadian Respiratory
Health Professionals, Canadian COPD Alliance, The Canadian Lung Association,
and The Ontario Lung Association. Healthcare professionals caring for people
with respiratory disease will be provided with updated, evidence-based
scientific information and clinical research that will ultimately help their
patients enjoy a positive and improved quality of life.

    
    Program Highlights

    Leading-edge concepts and current research topics slated for this year's
"Breath of Fresh Air" include, but are not limited to:

    -  Managing Childhood Asthma: New Insights into the September Epidemic
       Dr. Piush Mandhane, Friday April 24, 1:30pm - 3:00pm/Conference Level,
       2nd Floor, Harbour Salon C

    -  The Pattern of Health Services Use in Children with Asthma
       Dr. Teresa To, Friday April 24, 1:30pm - 3:00pm/Conference Level,
       2nd Floor, Harbour Salon C

    -  The Canadian Health Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study
       Dr. Malcolm Sears, Friday April 24, 3:30pm - 5:00pm/Conference Level,
       2nd Floor, Harbour Salon B

    -  Lung Cancer in Women
       Dr. Stephen Lam, Friday April 24, 3:30pm - 5:00pm/Conference Level,
       2nd Floor, Metropolitan East

    -  Gender and Asthma: All that Wheezes...
       Dr. Anna Day, Friday April 24, 3:30pm - 5:00pm/Conference Level,
       2nd Floor, Metropolitan East

    -  What is the link between low socio-economic status, smoking and COPD?
       Dr. Charl Els, Saturday April 25, 7:15am - 8:15am/Conference Level,
       2nd Floor, Pier 5

    The full conference program is accessible online at www.lung.ca/crc.

    -  Interviews with presenters can be coordinated upon request.
    -  Media passes for the conference are available through:
       -  Jacqueline Zonneville
          NATIONAL Public Relations
          416-848-1398; jzonneville@national.ca

    Seating is limited. To reserve a place please RSVP to:

    -  Jacqueline Zonneville
       NATIONAL Public Relations
       416-848-1398; jzonneville@national.ca

    Please plan to attend the 2009 Canadian Respiratory Conference:

    WHERE:  Westin Harbour Castle
              Metropolitan East Room, Convention Level (2nd Floor)
              One Harbour Square, Toronto

    WHEN:   Conference: April 23-25, 2009

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    (i) Public Health Agency of Canada. Life and Breath: Respiratory Disease
        in Canada.
        http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/2007/lbrdc-vsmrc/index-eng.php.
        Accessed April 2009.
    




For further information:

For further information: or to speak to the presenters, please contact:
Cameron Bishop, Director of Government Affairs and Media Relations, The
Canadian Lung Association, (613) 569-6411 x223, (613) 294-6158 (cell),
cbishop@lung.ca; Jacqueline Zonneville, NATIONAL Public Relations, (416)
848-1398, jzonneville@national.ca

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