The Better Breathing Conference brings together health-care professionals from a range of disciplines, all focused on the respiratory health of the people of Ontario, including academic and community respirologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, physiotherapists and pharmacists. 

The Better Breathing Conference brings together health-care professionals from many disciplines, all focused on the respiratory health of the people of Ontario, including academic and community respirologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, physiotherapists, educators, researchers and pharmacists.

Better Breathing 2020 Conference and Pre-Conference Final Program

For updates or other event information, such as venue details, please visit betterbreathing.ca.

Where applicable, you can reserve seats in the concurrent workshop of your choice. Some details are provided below. Tickets are non-refundable after January 10, 2020, however selections may be modified until January 20, 2020 by signing in with the same email you use to register. There is $50.00 fee for cancellations. 

Please note: Photographs and/or video will be taken at this event. By attending the event you grant the Ontario Lung Association (OLA) full rights to use any “works” (images) resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, marketing, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the OLA’s core mission – to help all Canadians breath. Further, you acknowledge that you have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before entering the event.

If you do not wish to be photographed or video recorded, please inform OLA event organizer, Christine Morrell (cmorrell@lungontario.ca).

Better Breathing 2020 Conference and Pre-Conference

  • Thursday Jan 23 2020, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Friday Jan 24 2020, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturday Jan 25 2020, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 525 Bay Street
    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada
    M5G 2L2

Event Workshops

Thurs Jan 23 3:30pm - Workshop 1: Chronic Cough Can Be A Challenge For Both Patients And Care Givers

January 23, 2020  15:30 - 16:30
Fee: $0.00
Seats Remaining:60

Chronic Cough Can be a Challenge for Both Patients and Care Givers - Anthony D'Urzo, MD, MSc, BPHE, CCFP, FCFP; Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto; Past Associate Director, Health Science Research Component, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

 

Fri Jan 24 12:00pm - Lunch With A Professor 1: Key Papers From 2019: Highlights From The University Of Toronto Respirology And Sleep Journal Club

January 24, 2020  12:00 - 13:35
Fee: $0.00
Seats Remaining:1

Key Papers from 2019: Highlights from the University of Toronto Respirology and Sleep Journal Club - Matthew Stanbrook, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FACP; Staff Respirologist, Toronto Western Hospital; Associate Professor, Department of Medicine and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the key concepts and new developments in respiratory medicine from 2019

Sat Jan 25 8:30am - Medicine: Part A) Debate 1: Anti-IL5 Therapy Has A Role To Play In COPD PRO: Shawn Aaron, MD, MSc, FRCPC; CON: Parameswaran Nair, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRCPC; And Part B) Scientific Research Talk: TBD - Sanjay Mehta, MD, FRCPC, FCCP

January 25, 2020  08:30 - 10:00
Fee: $0.00
Seats Remaining:11

Part A: Debate 1: Anti-IL5 Therapy Has A Role to Play in COPD

PRO: Shawn Aaron, MD, MSc, FRCPC; Professor and Respirologist, Division of Respirology, University of Ottawa; Senior Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Research Institute

CON: Parameswaran Nair, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRCPC; Frederick E. Hargreave Teva Innovation Chair in Airway Diseases; Professor of Medicine, Division of Respirology. McMaster University; Staff Respirologist, Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health, St. Joseph’s Healthcare/McMaster University, Hamilton; Adjunct Professor of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal

At the end of this session, participants will be able to: 

  • Analyze the evidence in support or against the use of Anti-IL5 therapy in the management of COPD

Part B: Scientific Research Talk: From Lungs to Blood Vessels to Cells: Understanding ARDS and the Pursuit of Precision Medicine Sanjay Mehta, MD, FRCPC, FCCP; Professor of Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University; Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute; Director, Southwestern Ontario Pulmonary Hypertension Program, London

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the pathophysiology of ARDS, understand the role of endothelial cells and discuss the use of precision medicine in future diagnosis and management.  

Part C: Top it Up! Campaign Appeal and (if applicable) Ontario Lung Association Meritorious Service Award Presentation