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2016 Summary

Main Session

The 2016 Pittsburgh-Munich Lung Conference was hosted by the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, in alliance with the Comprehensive Pneumology Center, Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich, Germany (CPC).

The 2016 Pittsburgh-Munich Lung Conference focused on immune responses in the lung in health and disease, highlighting the important role the immune system plays in preserving lung health despite constant provocation by environmental insults and its inappropriate engagement during disease. It was a showcase for cutting-edge basic and translational research to understand defense against respiratory pathogens with utilization of immunological tools to develop a universal vaccine for flu. It also brought into focus immune mechanisms that incite and perpetuate different lung diseases. Innovative treatment strategies targeting the immune system to improve patient outcomes in lung diseases was an important focus of the conference.

Panel Discussion

A new subtopic included in 2016 was technological advancement that can be harnessed to study and treat lung diseases. Elucidating the immune basis of viral and bacterial pneumonia, multi-drug resistant lower respiratory tract infections, cystic fibrosis, asthma, sarcoidosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), acute lung injury (ALI), and lung allograft rejection are essential for the development of novel diagnostics and therapeutics targeting lung diseases. The conference brought together established scientists from multiple disciplines and institutions who are contributing in a major way to unraveling the immune system to improve lung health and allowed junior investigators and trainees to learn and contribute in order to ensure the future vitality of the field.

The specific topics covered in this conference included:

Poster Session

The 80 posters on display throughout the conference represented participants from 3 different countries and over 19 different states across the country.

Speakers at Phipps

Featured keynote speaker at the Banquet Dinner on Friday evening was Laurie H. Glimcher, MD, President and CEO of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.  Dr. Glimcher spoke on Tales of T-bet.

Each session ended with a panel discussion, allowing an opportunity for questions and further interaction among participants. 


Distinguished speakers included:

*Denotes Organizing Committee Member