The American Respiratory Care Foundation is again honored to provide an unrestricted education grant to the American Association for Respiratory Care and Daedalus Inc., so that they can hold the 59th Respiratory Care Journal Conference in St. Petersburg, FL, on June 2–3. This year’s conference will focus on COPD: current evidence and implication for practice.
COPD is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the world. In the last decade numerous advances in our understanding of the disease and improved management strategies have emerged. The conference faculty are key thought leaders from both basic science and clinical disciplines with expertise in COPD. The conference has two overarching goals: The first is to address current thinking on the definition, pathophysiology and natural history of COPD that incorporate newer imaging techniques, metabolic processes, genetics, and epidemiology. The second is to translate these developments into practical diagnostic, prognostic, and management tools for clinicians. These proceedings will provide clinicians with a deeper understanding of COPD and its management.