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Respiratory Medicine Conference

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Wednesday, 7 March 2018


Great Hall
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,


Respiratory diseases are common and diverse, providing challenges to clinicians working in many different settings. It has been an exciting time in recent years, with many major advances in the understanding of respiratory disease and the development of new investigative techniques and therapies. This symposium provides a varied selection of topics that will illustrate how the respiratory landscape is changing.

The topics will cover exciting new therapeutic options for asthma, personalised medicine, the impact of the environment and how legislation might improve public health.

We hope our interactive session will provoke debate and understanding of bronchiectasis and the social and ethical consequences of sleep apnoea. Finally, we have a state of the art session on the diagnostic and therapeutic utilities of new bronchoscopy interventions.

Dr Robin Smith
Chair, Organising Committee


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Wednesday 7 March 2018


Registration and Coffee


by Professor Derek Bell OBE, President,  Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Session 1 - Management of asthma

Chair: Dr Philip Short, Consultant Chest Physician, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee


New guidelines – a paediatric perspective
Dr James Paton, Clinical Reader in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, University of Glasgow
*comparing guidelines * child-teen-adult transition * referral to secondary and tertiary care


Individualising new treatments
Dr Andrew Menzies-Gow, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust
*drugs and non-drug management *service considerations * inpatient or community


Non asthma symptoms in a severe asthma clinic
Dr Robert Niven, Clinical Lead, Asthma Service, University Hospital of South Manchester
*physiology *diagnosis and assessment * treatment


Coffee / tea

Session 2 - Benefits of bronchoscopy: new endoscopic interventions

Chair: Mr Alan Kirk, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon, Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Glasgow


Dr Joris van der Horst, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Glasgow Royal Infirmary
*malignant and non-malignant disease * cryobiopsy, navigational bronchoscopy * the future of diagnostics


Chair: Professor Derek Bell OBE, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Professor Pallav Shah, Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine, Royal Brompton Hospital
*malignant and non-malignant disease * cryotherapy, laser, endobronchial valves * what’s next?



Session 3 - Clinical cases – audience participation

Chair: Dr Robin Smith, Consultant Chest Physician, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee


The sleepy driver
Dr Kirsty Harrison, Senior Medical Advisor, DVLA
*dilemmas posed by sleepiness * duty of the doctor *the law *public safety


Professor James Chalmers, Senior Lecturer, University of Dundee
*chronic bronchial sepsis  * clinical conundrums * diagnosis * management


Coffee/ tea

Session 4 - Air pollution and the lungs

Chair: Dr Joy Miller, Consultant Physician, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary


Dr Jennifer Quint, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Epidemiology, Imperial College London
*environmental factors in airways disease * use of big data


Air pollution and lung health
Dr Iain McLellan, Lecturer, Institute for Biomedical and Environmental Health Research, University of the West of Scotland
*can legislation make a difference? * changing driver behaviours






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Online booking for this event closes on Tuesday 6 March 2018 but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Education Co-ordinator for further information.

An early bird discount applies until Tuesday 6 February 2018.

Registration fees


Early Bird fee until
Tuesday 6 February 2018

Fee from
Wednesday 7 February 2018

Standard fee



RCPE Fellow



RCPE Collegiate / Associate / Foundation Member



Nurse / AHP / Pharmacist / Postgraduate student



Retired FRCPE, including lunch



Retired FRCPE, no lunch



Medical student



Long term / other leave – Fellows and Members, please contact the Event Co-ordinator 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 Event 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).

Free places

Unpaid post – if confirmation of status provided – please contact the Event Co-ordinator.

Refugee doctors – free places are available to refugee doctors who are Associate Members of the College. Associate Membership for refugee doctors is available free of charge. Please visit our website for instructions on how to join, and then apply to the Event Co-ordinator for your free place.

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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.

Parking is available on street (metered) or at the Omni Centre car park, 10 minute's walk from the College.

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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