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Respiratory Medicine Conference

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Thursday, 9 March 2017


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,


RCPE Symposium: Respiratory Medicine
Thursday 9 March 2017

With 11 short format lectures covering 4 topic areas this one day symposium will take delegates on a journey from the clinic to the bedside, from the lung function laboratory to the operating theatre and then beyond to the global arena. It will cover the difficult challenges and clinical questions faced every day by those working in the field of respiratory medicine. The symposium has been designed to appeal to a wide range of health professionals, not only respiratory physicians, and those in training.

In the morning there are sections on clinical dilemmas and individualised medicine. The lecture on pulmonary embolism will be interactive, and there will be a keynote lecture covering new treatments for COPD. The afternoon section covers the topic of decision making in advanced respiratory disease and the final section tackles global respiratory concerns which will appeal to a wide audience. The speakers are drawn from a wide perspective, are renowned experts in their field and have the reputation of being excellent communicators.

This symposium will be of interest to all levels of physicians within respiratory, acute medicine, general medicine and geriatric medicine.  GPs, GPSTs, pharmacists, respiratory nurses and medical students will also benefit from attending this symposium.

An early bird discount applies on fees until Wednesday 8 February 2017.   


Dr Simon Watkin
Chair, Organising Committee



Organising Committee

Dr Colin Church
Dr Nhio Mtambo
Dr Phil Reid
Dr Karuna Sapru
Dr Colin Selby
Professor Milind Sovani
Dr Gillian Wallace
Dr Mark Wilkinson

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Thursday 9 March 2017


Registration and Coffee


Welcome and Introductory Remarks
by Professor Derek Bell, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Session 1 - Diagnostic and therapeutic dilemmas

Chair: Dr Colin Church, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Glasgow


Sub-massive pulmonary embolism (PE) (interactive talk)
Professor David Kiely, Director of the Sheffield Pulmonary Vascular Disease Unit, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield
* how to decide on the severity of pulmonary embolism * use of urgent echocardiography * what to do for massive PE causing right ventricular strain


Breathlessness - heart, lungs or neither 
Dr Luke Howard, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Hammersmith Hospital, London
* investigation of unexplained dyspnoea * use of cardiopulmonary exercise testing * evaluating multiple causes for dyspnoea in the individual patient * diagnosing non cardiac, non-respiratory cause of dyspnoea


Maximising surgical resection rates for lung cancer 
Mr Alan Kirk, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon, West of Scotland Heart & Lung Centre, Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Glasgow
* assessing fitness for surgery * referral pathways for surgery * surgical staging * maximising resection rates


Coffee / tea

Session 2 - Individualised medicine

Chair: Dr Mark Wilkinson, Consultant in Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine, Royal Lancaster Infirmary 


Interstitial lung disease (ILD): selecting patients for new treatments
Dr Nik Hirani, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
* new drugs for diffuse pulmonary fibrosis * how to select the best treatment for individual patients * what to do for non- usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) ILDs


Lung cancer: targeting the gene
Professor Sam Janes, Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University College London 
* what targeted therapies are available * how to assess suitability for targeted therapies * future of lung cancer biologic therapy


Chair: Professor Derek Bell, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Inhaled therapies in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): does one size fit all?
Professor Dr Claus Franz Vogelmeier, Head of Department of Pulmonary, University Hospital Giessen and Marburg, Marburg, Germany
* current status of inhaled therapy in COPD * selection of patients for different strategies * impact of exacerbations * how might guidelines look in the future?



Session 3 - Decision making in advanced respiratory disease

Chair: Dr Gillian Wallace, Consultant Physician, North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Trust


Expecting the unexpected: advance care planning 
Laura Donald, Partner, BTO Solicitors LLP, Edinburgh
 * what should the doctor understand about advance directives? * what are the legal considerations concerning ‘do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation’ (DNACPR) decisions? * what happens when doctors disagree about escalation of care?


Beyond lung cancer: palliation in advanced respiratory disease 
Dr Sara Booth, Hon Consultant/Associate Lecturer, University of Cambridge
* how can palliative care  help with non-cancer respiratory disease?* can more palliative care be given at home for respiratory disease?


Coffee/ Tea

Session 4 - Global respiratory concerns

Chair: Dr Phil Reid, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh


Antibiotic usage: too much macrolidosis?
Dr Ian Gould, Consultant in Medical Microbiology, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary 
* patterns of antibiotic usage for respiratory disease in the UK compared with other countries * choosing the best antibiotic * formulary compliance


Vaccination: prevention is better than cure
Professor Neil French, Chair of Infectious Diseases & Global Health; Hon. Consultant Infectious Diseases, Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust
* what vaccines are available for respiratory infections and how effective are they? * how quickly can vaccines be developed?


Reducing the impact of airways disease using anti-fungal therapy
Professor David Denning, Professor of Infectious Diseases in Global Health, University Hospital of South Manchester
* what is the spectrum of fungal lung disease around the world?




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Online booking for this event closes on Wednesday 8 March 2017 but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Education Co-ordinator for further information.

An early bird discount applies until Wednesday 8 February 2017.

Registration fees


Early Bird fee
until 8 February 2017

from 9 February 2017

Standard fee



RCPE Fellow



RCPE Collegiate / Associate / Foundation Member



Nurse / AHP / Pharmacist / Postgraduate student



Retired FRCPE, including lunch



Retired FRCPE, no lunch



Medical student (refundable deposit)



Medical student – deposit refunded to those who attend the event.

Unpaid post – Nil, if confirmation of status provided – please contact the Education Co-ordinator.

Long term / other leave – Fellows and Members, please contact the Education coordinator as some discretion may be available.

Collegiate and Associate Members of the RCPE in clinical research posts may be eligible for funding - please contact the Education Co-ordinator for further information.

Trainees – Scotland Deanery medical specialty trainees can attend any number of eligible symposia for a one-off payment from their study leave budget (block grant scheme).

Further details can be obtained from the Event Co-ordinator.

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Further Info

This event is open to all grades of medical, health care and scientific staff and to students. If you are unsure about eligibility, or the correct fee category, please contact the RCPE member of staff responsible for the event (see Fees page).

All relevant events are approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). A certificate of attendance with CPD information will be issued electronically to individual delegates via email. Please note - certificates can only be issued to attendees who have signed against their name on the CPD Register/Delegate List available at each event and completed feedback forms have been received.

Please note that on occasion event programmes may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

A professional photographer may be in attendance at this event. Photographs may be used by the College in digital and printed publicity material. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let a member of staff know at the registration desk.


As a listed building, the College has restricted disabled access. A wheelchair lift is provided at the rear of the College giving access to the Conference Centre and the main historic rooms, but not all of the smaller rooms used for educational events. For further information and assistance please contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

An induction loop system is available in the conference centre and Great Hall

Accommodation and Directions to the College

The College has negotiated special rates with a number of local hotels.

Download pdf map and directions

Bicycle racks are available for cyclists at the door to 8 Queen Street. For access to further bicycle racks, please ask at reception.

Local walking routes

Three short walks can be enjoyed from the College. So if you are visiting us, why not explore the local area. Details can be found at Medal Routes.

Commercial Sponsorship

Many events are supported by commercial companies taking stand space. Health professionals and NHS managers are invited to visit the company stands during the breaks. Companies interested in sponsoring this, or other events listed on the Calendar, should contact the Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

Exhibitors/sponsors play no part in the planning or delivery of the event and the College has developed an Ethical Sponsorship Policy to support organising committees and committee chairs in their negotiations with potential commercial partners for education and other events.

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