Post-Grad Workshops


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Modelling Lung Diseases with Epithelial Cultures

Date and time: Friday 24th March, 0845 - 1645 and Saturday 25th March, 0900 - 1200
Fee: Student*, $50; TSANZ Member earning less than AS$100,000 per annum**, $65; TSANZ or ANZSRS Member, $75; Non-Member, $150

A characteristic feature of the underlying pathology of chronic respiratory diseases is airway remodelling which can develop independently of inflammation, contributes to the clinical symptoms and negatively impacts on treatment. It is characterized by structural changes within the airway wall, and although the mechanisms of airway remodelling are unclear it has been proposed that improper epithelial regeneration and subsequent re-activation of the epithelial-mesenchymal trophic unit leads to aberrant repair and the resultant structural changes.

The epithelium of patients with asthma, COPD and CF share several overlapping pathological phenotypes that facilitate sensitization and promotes infection and inflammation. Given the overlapping pathology, cell behaviour and phenotype, it is likely that an epithelial-based therapy would have efficacy in all three diseases. In this workshop, participants will explore the structure and function of the epithelium in health and disease and understand the contemporary epithelial models used to further understand its roles and therapeutic potential. 

Understand cell and molecular biology fundamentals of epithelium development, organization, cellular composition, physiological properties in health and disease
Learn advanced principles of how airway epithelium changes in disease and identify links between airway epithelial phenotypes and human respiratory disease phenotypes
Learn and understand the role of airway epithelium in host-microbe interactions in the lung, innate and adaptive immunity, interaction with mesenchymal cells
Understand the applicability of using relevant epithelial models to investigate responses to infection, environmental exposures including viruses, bacteria, particulate matter, mechanical stress and responses to drugs. 

The Future of FOT: Clinical Applications in Adult and Paediatric Respiratory Disease

Date and time: Friday 24th March. 0900 - 1230
Fee: Student*, $50; TSANZ Member earning less than AU$100,000 per annum**, $65; TSANZ or ANZSRS Member, $75; Non-Member, $150

This course aims to provide attendees with an understanding of the basic physiological principles of the Forced Oscillation Technique (FOT). It will discuss how this non-invasive and easy to administer test can be used as an exciting novel adjunct in the diagnosis and management of obstructive airways diseases in everyday clinical (and research) pulmonary practice. This course will include practical hands-on FOT measurement demos and interpretation/application of results in clinical practice.

Participants will gain an understanding of the physiology behind FOT
Participants will see and experience how a FOT measurement is administered
Participants will gain insight into how to incorporate the use of FOT as a practical clinical application in the day to day care of patients with respiratory disorders

Severe Asthma: A Clinical Focus

Date and time: Saturday 25th March, 0900 - 1230
Fee: Student*, $50; TSANZ Member earning less than AU$100,000 per annum**, $65; TSANZ or ANZSRS Member, $75; Non-Member, $150

The severe asthma landscape is rapidly changing, as more precise phenotyping and new targeted therapies are introduced into practice. This course will address these new approaches and will focus on translation of new evidence into practice. This workshop will provide detailed and practical information about how to clinically assess individuals with severe asthma, and of the new treatment options available for disease management. Topics will include assessment (focused on vocal cord dysfunction and biomarkers), targeted therapies for treatment, disease registries and case studies.  It will be relevant to a wide range of professionals including physicians and trainees, nurses, allied health professional and researchers. The programme will enhance clinicians’ practice and enable delivery of the latest evidenced-based health care to improve outcomes for this patient group.

Participants will develop an understanding of the important components to be included in a multidimensional assessment of individuals with severe asthma, and how to implement these assessments into practice.
Participants will gain a greater understanding of the comorbidities and risk factors affecting individuals with severe asthma, and will be familiar with treatment interventions.
Participants will become better equipped in selecting the most appropriate patients to trial new and targeted therapies in, and will be aware of the processes for commencing and evaluating therapies.
Participants will have an understanding of the benefits of disease registers for clinical practice and research, and will be aware of the disease registers current used in severe asthma.


*Student rate is available only to currently enrolled full time tertiary students.
**TSANZ or ANZSRS Member earning less than AU$100,000 per annum rate will be verified by TSANZ/ANZSRS membership category.