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Conference Announcement from ISARP Conference Chairs Cécile Chenivesse, PhD and  Elke Vlemincx, PhD

We are very excited to announce that the ISARP 2017 Conference will be held in Lille, France. You are all invited to join on Friday evening, September 15 for the welcoming reception and on September 16-17 for scientific symposia. The conference location will be the Carlton Hotel, in the heart of Lille, next to the opera house, across the old town of Lille and at a walking distance from the train station (Gare de Lille-Europe). 

Rooms at a discounted rate will be available at the Carlton Hotel.

Confirmed keynote speakers are Prof. Dr. Thomas Similowski and Prof. Dr. Hilary Pinnock. 

Prof. Thomas Similowski was born in 1961. He is married to Kathy, and they have 4 children Laura, Paul, Elsa, Clara. He is Professor of Respiratory Medicine at "Faculté de Médecine Pitié-Salpêtrière, Université Paris 6 Pierre et Marie Curie", Paris, France and is the head of the "Department of Respiratory and Intensive Care Medicine, Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Sleep Medicine" within the "Groupe Hospitalier Pitié-Salpêtrière Charles Foix", Paris, France, one of the largest European hospitals.

The clinical activity of the department is devoted to acute respiratory care on one hand, and to the management of respiratory handicap on the other hand. All forms and sources of respiratory handicap are considered, from severe COPD to the respiratory impact of neurological and neuromuscular diseases, with emphasis on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and quadriplegia (the department is the only center for diaphragm pacing in France).

In the field of research, Prof. Similowski is the head of research unit UMRS 1158 "Clinical and Experimental Respiratory Neurophysiology" of INSERM and Université Paris 6 Pierre et Marie Curie. This translational unit comprises an animal laboratory and a human laboraory, and uses many techniques from molecular biology to psychophysiology, and including electrophysiology, functional imaging, and mathematical modelling. The unit is entirely devoted to the study of the interactions between the respiratory system and the nervous system. This goes from the study of respiratory muscle function in health and diseases to the study of the mechanisms of breathing control, with emphasis on the relationship between the cerebral cortex and breathing and the pathophysiology and psychophysiology of dyspnea.    

From a personal point of view, Prof. Similowski is a former research fellow of the Meakins-Christie Laboratories, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He has published more that 300 peer-reviewed articles. In 2000, he was awarded the Cournand lecture of the European Respiratory Society. In 2004, he received a French "Victoire de la Médecine" for implementing diaphragm pacing in France. In 2015, he received the "Prix François Petay pour la recherche sur la BPCO" from the prestigious French "Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale", and in 2016 he was elected Fellow of the European Respiratory Society. 

Prof. Hilary Pinnock is Professor of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine with the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, Allergy and Respiratory Research Group, University of Edinburgh, and a general practitioner in Whitstable, Kent.

Her research interests include the delivery of care within the ‘real-life’ primary care setting including implementing self-management for asthma, telehealthcare for supporting management of respiratory disease, supporting people with COPD and depression to attend pulmonary rehabilitation, and supportive care for people with severe COPD.

She leads the education subgroup of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group, and chairs the primary care group of the European Respiratory Society.  She chairs the self-management and diagnosis evidence review groups of the BTS/SIGN asthma guideline and is an education editor of npjPrimary Care Respiratory Medicine.

Kind regards

Cécile Chenivesse      (cecile.chenivesse@psl.aphp.fr)
Elke Vlemincx            (elke.vlemincx@uclouvain.be)

International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology