2024 Pittsburgh International Lung Conference: From Smog to Social Equity: How the Exposome Shapes Our Respiratory Health_September 19-20, 2024

September 19, 2024 to September 20, 2024

The 2024 Pittsburgh International Lung Conference (PILC) will once again be hosted by the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine (PACCSM) at the University of Pittsburgh. 

This year’s topic “From Smog to Social Equity:  How the Exposome Shapes Our Respiratory Health,” will focus on new insights on how the exposome impacts lung disease. The exposome encompasses the external and internal environmental factors encountered throughout life and can have a major impact on health and disease.  Experts will present cutting edge work on topics such as air pollution and its impact on respiratory health, the role of the microbiome in asthma and COPD, and the intersection of climate change and lung diseases.  The exposome impacts almost all lung disease and the conference will include sessions relevant to Chronic Lung Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Asthma, Interstitial Lung Disease, Acute Lung Injury, Lung Infections, Lung Cancer, and others. 

Attendees will gain insights into translating environmental research into clinical practice, addressing social determinants of health in lung disease outcomes, and cultivating the next generation of physician-scientists. Objectives of the conference include understanding the impact of indoor and outdoor air pollution on the lungs, exploring the effects of climate change on lung health, developing an understanding of how smoking, e-cigarettes and other exposures alter lung biology, investigating the interaction of the exposome with lung microbes, and exploring ways to translate lung science into clinical practice and the role of science in addressing environmental health challenges. 

With a focus on presenting cutting-edge topics in clinical, translational, and basic research, the Pittsburgh International Lung Conference brings together leaders from institutions across the country and internationally to participate in thematic discussion and foster collaboration. Speakers from around the nation and international speakers will showcase senior leaders as well as rising stars who will shape pulmonary medicine in the years to come. 

In addition, we are pleased to welcome pulmonary leaders from the University of Pittsburgh, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania, and Johns Hopkins for a special session on the transition of the next generation of physician scientists. The conference also includes opportunities for early career investigators to present their work and receive feedback.  The 2024 Pittsburgh International Lung Conference will not only serve as a forum for advanced basic, translational, and clinical research in Pulmonary Medicine, but will also focus the conversation on how we as a community help train tomorrow’s leaders in respiratory health. 

Each main presentation session will end with a panel discussion with an opportunity for questions for further interaction among participants. The program includes open time during meals and two poster sessions to provide an exceptional environment for networking and in-depth conversations with peers and leaders in attendance. 

We look forward to your participation in the conference.

Course Directors:
Sally Wenzel, MD
Jessica Bon, MD, MS

Divay Chandra, MD, MSc

Target Audience

The target audience for this conference is practicing physicians, nurses, fellows-in-training, allied health personnel, basic and translational researchers, respiratory therapists, public health experts, other healthcare or academic professionals with a major clinical or research interest in pulmonary medicine.

Learning Objectives

A greater understanding of how the exposome impacts respiratory health is important for any member of the healthcare team (i.e., physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists) interacting with patients with pulmonary disease. This conference will provide a broad overview of the diverse exposures that may impact respiratory health so that members of the interprofessional healthcare team can provide information and guidance to patients.

Upon completion of this conference, the attendees should be able to:

  • Understand the impact of indoor and outdoor air pollution on the lungs;
  • Explore the impact of climate change on lung health;
  • Translate basic science data on the exposome to the clinical realm;
  • Explain the role of social determinants of health in lung disease;
  • Develop an understanding of how smoking and e-cigarette use alters lung biology;
  • Understand how the environment impacts the pulmonary microbiome in asthma and COPD.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 15.00 AAPA Category I CME
  • 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 15.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 15.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
05/14/2024
Course expires: 
12/31/2024
Event starts: 
09/19/2024 - 7:30am EDT
Event ends: 
09/20/2024 - 5:00pm EDT
Cost:
$1.00
123 The University Club
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

The University Club traces its roots to private ownership and is now owned by the University of Pittsburgh. The club has been meticulously restored to its 1923 splendor. At the same time, modern advances such as a new top-of-the-line kitchen, exquisite finishes, state of the art audio/visual capabilities and world-class service translate into meetings and events that are flawless on every level.

Historic and elegant ballrooms and conference rooms, available to the public, make University Club the premier location for weddings, banquets, and conferences.

The University Club is conveniently located in the heart of Oakland, a neighborhood nestled among world-class museum and universities, fine hotels and restaurants, and trendy retail shops.

Travel

Parking Information

Parking will be available at:

Soldiers and Sailors Parking Garage
Bigelow Blvd (Between 5th Ave and O’Hara St.)
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Please note that this garage is not owned by the University Club and parking is self-pay.  Space is not guaranteed and we are unable to validate parking or offer a parking discount.

Monday through Friday 6:00am – Midnight, Daily Rate $14

Saturday and Sunday 7:00am – Midnight, Weekend Rate $5

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician (CME)
The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing (CNE)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 15.0 contact hours.

Physician Assistant (AAPA)
The University of Pittsburgh has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 15.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

Available Credit

  • 15.00 AAPA Category I CME
  • 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 15.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 15.00 Attendance

Price

Cost:
$1.00
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 Before August 26After August 26
Physicians and Faculty/Senior Investigators
(Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor)
$300$350
Nurses, PA’s, RT’s & other Healthcare Professionals$200$250
Fellows, Post-Docs, Students & all other attendees$150$200

Registration includes:

✦ Course Materials
✦ Continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks
✦ Poster Sessions
✦ Continuing Medical Education Credits

The Conference Reception event on Thursday, September 19 at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is NOT included in the Registration Fee and has a separate charge of $80 per person.  You will have the option to include this event during your conference registration.

Registration for the conference will be available for submission online through the Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences website.  Registration is expected to open before June 1.  Please check back on this page for updates and the direct link.

Please Note:
All cancellations must be in writing and sent to us via U.S. mail (see contact information below) or email to dobranskyta@upmc.edu. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. Tuition for cancellations postmarked or date stamped before August 12 will be refunded in full in the form of the original payment method.  After August 12, a $30 administrative fee will be assessed and the remaining amount refunded. No refunds will be made after August 30.