First National Biannual COPD Conference for Researchers, Healthcare Professionals Coming to the U.S.

May 17, 2011


COPD Foundation
Ifdy Perez
866-731-2673, ext. 398

First National Biannual COPD Conference for Researchers, Healthcare Professionals Coming to the U.S.
COPD Foundation Hosting Conference Series in Washington, DC Area

Washington, DC – May 16, 2011 – Originally hosted in Europe on even calendar years, the COPD Conference series for researchers and healthcare professionals is coming to the U.S. for the first time. The COPD Foundation is hosting the COPD7USA Conference, named after the seventh COPD Conference held last summer in the U.K. COPD7USA will be held on December 3rd and 4th at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Crystal City, VA 22202.

“Our patient community needs new therapies, an improved relationship with their providers, and a better quality of life” says John W. Walsh, president and co-founder of the COPD Foundation. “This conference series has proven to be an invaluable resource for experts across the world to help the patient community with their needs, and for this reason, we are proud to be hosting it in the States for the first time.”

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is one of the world’s largest healthcare concerns and its threat continues to worsen each year. An estimated 24 million Americans live with COPD, and 210 million worldwide.

World-leading researchers in the field will be present to give talks on the building blocks of COPD research, challenges in treatment, best practices for proper diagnosis and management of the disease, characterizing phenotypes, and addressing comorbidities.

According to a 2006 survey sponsored by the COPD Foundation and National Institutes of Health, almost half of men and women diagnosed with COPD (48 percent and 46 percent respectively) reported having between six and ten comorbidities. In a report released in December 2010 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COPD is listed as the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and the fourth leading cause of death in the world.

“We look forward to bringing the success of our biannual conference to the U.S. for the first time this December,” says Robert Stockley, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University Hospital in Birmingham, U.K. “At this conference, healthcare professionals will learn about the different approaches to treatment, challenges in diagnosis, managing comorbid conditions, and the future of COPD care.”

The COPD Foundation has partnered with the University of Nebraska Medical Center to provide continuing education credits to several different categories of healthcare providers. This live activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Continuing education contact hours for respiratory therapists will be applied for through the American Association for Respiratory Care.

For additional information or to register for COPD7USA, visit the conference website at

The COPD7USA Conference is being held in conjunction with the Second National COPD Conference, hosted by the U.S. COPD Coalition. This conference, being held on December 2nd and 3rd at the same location, is focused on assessing the progress that has been made in the COPD community since the first ever National COPD Conference was held in 2003. Attendees of both conferences will participate in a joint session the morning of the overlapping day where they will discuss the global burden of COPD and the perspectives of various public health and research agencies on how to reduce that burden. More information about the Second National COPD Conference can be found on the U.S. COPD Coalition’s website at

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only chronic disease growing in mortality. It affects approximately 24 million Americans but only 12 million are diagnosed. COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and adult onset (refractory) asthma. Symptoms include breathlessness, wheezing, and chronic coughing. Visit or call 1-866-316-COPD (2673).