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Thank you for making Better Breathing 2018 a success. We had more than 270 health professionals in the field of respirology join us for several engaging scientific sessions, plenary sessions and debates.

Save the date for next year’s Better Breathing Conference – January 24- 26, 2019 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre.

Thank you to all our sponsors for your generosity.

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With its two professional societies: Ontario Thoracic Society (OTS) & Ontario Respiratory Care Society (ORCS). 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 and pharmacists.

New this year was the Respiratory Therapy Society of Ontario (RTSO) education program featuring acute and community sessions, as well as the RTSO sponsored poster session and cocktail reception.

BETTER BREATHING CONFERENCE 2018 HIGHLIGHTS

We had a great program lined up for Better Breathing 2018. Topics and speakers had been selected to appeal to professionals working in all areas of respiratory health, including – but not limited to – respirologists, researchers, RTs, PTs, NPs, OTs, PFTs and pharmacists. A few program highlights are listed below.

On Thursday, January 25, the Respiratory Health Educators Interest Group featured talks on:

  • MAiD: An update, What We Have Learned & Discussion – Robert Parke, Clinical Ethicist, Humber River Hospital
  • Working with Lung Cancer Patients: Opportunities and Insights – Dr. Margaret Fitch, RN, PhD, Professor (Adjunct), L. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto; Expert Lead, Person- Centered Perspective, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

The Friday plenary speakers included:

Transplant Innovations – Dr. Marcelo Cypel, MD, MSc, Canada Research Chair in Lung Transplantation, Surgical Director ECLS Program UHN, Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery, University of Health Network, University of Toronto.

 

 

Spell Checking Nature: Gene Therapy 2.0 – Dr. Ron Cohn, MD, FACMG, Chief of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children; Chair of Paediatrics, University of Toronto.

The Friday ORCS program also featured Dr. Andrea Gershon discussing multimorbidity in individuals with lung disease, Amy Lang from Health Quality Ontario speaking about how to involve patients in their own care, and a debate on pulmonary rehabilitation versus general rehabilitation between Dr. Dina Brooks and Shelley Prevost.

The OTS Friday program included the extremely popular Team Challenge lunch, which provides MOC3 credits, talks from Dr. Shawn Aaron on overdiagnosis of asthma, Dr. Elizabeth Tullis on what’s new and exciting in CF therapy, and Dr. Chris Li on the use of apps and new technology in sleep medicine. The afternoon included a paediatric stream, with presentations from Drs. Adam Byrne and Reshma Amin.

And, new this year, the Friday RTSO program featured acute and community care sessions. Dr. Tai Pham and Thomas Piraino presented the WIND and LUNG SAFE studies and RRTs Ana MacPherson, Madonna Ferrone & Christina Dolgowicz presented Blazing New Trails in Changing Health- care System. The programming was followed by an RTSO sponsored poster session and cocktail reception.

Saturday morning kicked off with a debate in the OTS stream between Drs. Meyer Balter and Ron Grossman on the role of ICS in COPD, while the ORCS program featured a workshop by trauma specialist Tom Walker on compassion fatigue for health-care workers.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

To secure your sponsorship for next year or for questions about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Amy Rice at 416-864-9911 x 220 or by email at arice@lungontario.ca.

 

The Better Breathing Conference is a fragrance-free and smoke-free event.

ONTARIO THORACIC SOCIETY

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 and pharmacists.

ONTARIO RESPIRATORY CARE SOCIETY

There will be speakers discussing informative topics relevant to our interdisciplinary audience of health professionals who work in hospitals, community care, primary care and educational institutions. We hope to see you there!

Travel and Accommodations

A limited block of rooms is being held at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre at a rate of $189.00 per room, per night for single or double occupancy (applicable taxes).