The International Speakers of the 5th Annual King’s John Price Paediatric Respiratory Conference

2nd-4th April 2019, Bush House

On behalf of the organising committee, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 5th King’s John Price Paediatric Respiratory Conference.

The organising committee are delighted that this, the 5th year of the hugely successful Paediatric Respiratory Conference, plays host to a huge number of diverse speakers. In particular, we are grateful to those speakers who have given up their time to travel from overseas in order to enlighten and, hopefully, entertain our attendees with their insights and anecdotes on their years working in paediatric respiratory medicine. This year, we welcome speakers from as far afield as the USA; Canada; the Netherlands; India and Spain. We are excited to introduce our international speakers, their backgrounds and achievements. The organisers hope you are looking forward to hearing from them as much as we are!


Professor Stan Szefler

Professor Szefler has dedicated his clinical and research career to his passion of appropriate use of long term asthma treatment, and the variability of responses to long term asthma treatment.

Professor Szefler’s achievements within the profession have been numerous; he is currently Director of the Paediatric Asthma Research Program at the Breathing Institute of the Paediatric Pulmonary Section at Children’s Hospital Colorado, as well as teaching in his role as Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Colorado. His has formerly been a member of illustrious panels, including that of a National Asthma Education and Prevention Programme; and continues to serve as Deputy Editor of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

At the 5th Paediatric Respiratory Conference, Professor Szefler joins us at our Opening Ceremony on narratives and storytelling in medicine with a talk entitled ‘Building Bridges to Improve Asthma Care?’ We are also delighted to welcome Professor Szefler to our main programme, where he will be speaking on the risks associated with a lifetime managing asthma; and advances in technology in asthma care.


Professor Francine M Ducharme

Professor Ducharme’s research interests lie in improving paediatric asthma morbidity through a range of interventions, including education, policy and therapeutics.

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Professor Ducharme has held many positions of distinction through her career; currently she serves as Associate Director of Clinical Research and Knowledge Translation at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine, as well as co-chair of the Asthma Assembly of the Canadian Thoracic Society, who oversee the writing and updating of asthma guidelines used across Canada. She is paediatric editor of the Cochrane Airways Review, and has been since its foundation in 1995.

For the 5th Paediatric Respiratory Conference, Professor Ducharme takes us through preschool asthma, discussing the diagnosis, management and prognosis of those with symptoms of asthma before the age of five, as well as a second session covering inhaled corticosteroid treatment. She also joins us for our Opening Ceremony with a talk on the neuropsychiatric impact of montelukast treatment, which promises to give a fascinating insight into some of the perhaps lesser-known effects of asthma treatment.


Professor Leila Kheirandish-Gozal

Professor Kheirandish-Gozal’s expertise lies in paediatric sleep medicine, and she is considered one of the global leaders of the field. Her research focuses on children with obstructive sleep apnoea and their cognitive outcomes.

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Professor Kheirandish-Gozal is Director of the Child Health Research Institute at The University of Missouri, Colombia, as well as serving on the editorial boards of several publications, including the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. She has received a Presidential Commendation from the American Thoracic Society for her contributions; and was awarded an Order of Extraordinary Merit from the Peruvian Medical Association for work she has done on sleep in high-altitude Inca populations.

In 2019, we are lucky enough to have Professor Kheirandish-Gozal joining us for the keynote & concurrent sessions, where she will be sharing her considerable expertise on the neurocognitive impact of obstructive sleep apnoea; and the risk-benefit analysis of adenotonsillectomy.


Professor Hans Bisgaard

Professor Bisgaard works in large cohort studies to investigate the origins of asthma and other allergic disease.

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He has recently been working on the large Copenhagen Prospective Study on Asthma in Childhood, which recruited more than 1100 women and their children. Professor Bisgaard is a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Copenhagen and has published tens of articles in various journals across his career.

Professor Bisgaard joins us in our final session of the conference this year to share some pearls of wisdom from his time working in paediatric respiratory care.


Professor Paul Brand

Professor Paul Brand’s interests lie in adherence to asthma treatment and management of food allergies.

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He is Dean of Medical Education at the Princess Amalia Children’s Centre of Isala Hospital, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the Netherlands; he also serves as honorary professor of Clinical Medical Education at the University Medical Centre in the Netherlands. He has published over 200 papers in various national and international journals, as well as two novels! He has also worked extensively in teaching, including research into medical education.

Professor Brand joins us this year for our Opening Ceremony of the 5th Paediatric Respiratory Conference; sharing with us as part of our ‘Science and Story’ theme a talk entitled ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.’ We are pleased to also welcome him to our main programme for two talks that represent his two areas of interest; one on the doctor’s role in improving adherence, and another on how we can address the current epidemic of junior doctor burnout.


Professor Felix Ratjen

Professor Felix Ratjen’s particular interest is in paediatric cystic fibrosis.

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He is Division Chief of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children, Professor of Paediatrics at The University of Toronto, and Senior Scientist at the Research Institute in the Translational Medicine research program. As part of his work at Toronto SickKids, he leads the centre for cystic fibrosis, as well as directing the Clinical Research Unit. Professor Ratjen has previously led the German cystic fibrosis foundation; and serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including the esteemed American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Professor Ratjen joins us for two sessions at the 5th Paediatric Respiratory Conference, updating delegates on the tracking of early lung disease and sharing his knowledge of emerging therapies for cystic fibrosis.


Professor Marti Pons Odena

Professor Marti Pons Odena has spent his career honing his knowledge and producing research on respiratory care for critical care paediatric patients, including neonates. His particular area of interest is in mechanical and non-invasive ventilation of paediatric patients.

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Professor Pons Odena serves on the board of national and international respiratory groups, including the Respiratory working group of the European Society of Paediatric Neonatal Intensive Care and Respiratory working group of the Spanish Society of Paediatric Intensive Care Specialists. He has travelled the world for speaking engagements, with his lectures featuring at multiple Paediatric Intensive Care World Congresses.

This year, he brings to the 2019 5th Paediatric Respiratory Conference his vast experience in paediatric intensive care to lecture on cutting edge techniques and technologies in non-invasive ventilation.


Professor Antonio-Nieto Garcia

Professor Antonio-Nieto Garcia joins us from Valencia, where he has worked for many years in paediatric respiratory care and allergy.

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Professor Garcia is currently serving as Head of the Pulmonology & Pediatric Allergy Unit in the Children’s Hospital La Fe of Valencia, as well as being the first Vice President of the Asociación Española de Pediatría. Professor Garcia has published extremely extensively in both international and national journals of his home country of Spain.

This year at the 5th Paediatric Respiratory Conference, we are lucky enough to have Professor Garcia joining us to update delegates on what should be expected of the long term outcomes in children with severe asthma.


Professor Paolo Pianosi

Professor Paolo Pianosi’s career in paediatric respiratory medicine has led to him developing a keen interest in the use of exercise testing in paediatric practice, most recently in adolescents suffering from dyspnoea in postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.

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Professor Pianosi has published his research in esteemed national and international journals, and has also contributed to textbooks dedicated to exercise testing. He is a full Professor of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

Professor Pianosi joins us at the 5th Paediatric Respiratory Conference for the third year in a row running his highly successful pre-conference masterclass in Paediatric Dysfunctional Breathing, as well as joining the main conference programme for a talk entitled ‘Getting the diagnosis of asthma right from the start.’


Professor Meenu Singh

Professor Meenu Singh has had a long and fruitful career in paediatric respiratory practice and research, with her particular interests lying in the areas of asthma, TB and cystic fibrosis.

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Professor Singh is Head of Pediatric Pulmonology at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh (PGIMER), and has worked extensively on projects that have become standard policy for healthcare in India, including the development of treatment guidelines for children with TB. She is currently working on a project on Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis. Professor Singh also boasts achievements in medical education, having supervised many postgraduate students personally as well as serving as head of the telemedicine centre at PGIMER, leading the development of a broad tele-education network of universities across the country.

This year, we are delighted that Professor Singh joins us at the 5th Paediatric Respiratory Conference to share her experiences of practicing paediatric medicine in India, and what Western medical systems can learn from more resource challenged areas of the world.


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