2020 International Symposium on Respiratory Medicine
Prof. Kian Fan CHUNG
National Heart & Lung Institute Imperial College London
The mechanisms of Airway wall remodeling in asthma
Prof. Ian Alcock
Faculty of Medicine, National Heart & Lung Institute Professor of Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology
The role of mitochondrial dysfunction in COPD
Prof. Kazuhiro Ito
Faculty of Medicine, National Heart & Lung Institute
Synergy of ambient particular matter and infections in airway remodeling in COPD
South Western Sydney Clinical School
The role of treatment of LTBI in ending TB in high burden settings
Asthma airway remodeling
TMU’s “A-Team”, Working Together to Unravel the Mystery of Asthma. Asthma is responsible for reduced quality of life for around 400 million people worldwide. Fighting this respiratory disease is TMU’s “A-Team” – a group of top researchers brought together and led by TMU’s School of Respiratory Therapy Dr. Bing-Chang Chen.
In their multi-fronted attack on asthma, Dr. Chen’s expert team is probing the underlying molecular mechanisms of inflammation and airway fibrosis, neurophysiological and autoimmune signaling pathways, and stem cell therapies.
COPD airway remodeling
Open your window in just about any busy city in the world and take a deep breath. That is, if you dare risking the coughing, congestion, and inflammation that comes from a lungful of urban pollution. While these symptoms are a nuisance for healthy people, for patients suffering from chronic or serious lung disease, the matter could be one of life and death. But at least you can retreat to your home to enjoy the clean air, right? According to work done by Dr. Pai-Chien Chou, Taipei Medical University Hospital’s new Director of Thoracic Medicine and his team, your home might not have less air pollution that the bustling streets outside. Dr. Chou’s cutting edge work combining advances in medication, rehabilitation, and technology should help provide a solution.
Looking at the big picture is something Dr. Chen-Yuan Chiang is better equipped for than most. He’s an expert in thoracic medicine who has studied psychiatry, and public policy. He spends half of his time traveling the world to help cure multiple drug resistant tuberculosis and half at Wanfang Hospital and Taipei Medical University. Able to navigate international health organizations as well as he can the internal workings of the chest cavity, Dr. Chiang is helping to significantly reduce the prevalence of mdrtb around the world through a holistic approach to treatment and care.