U.S. COPD Coalition Assembling the Community for the Second National Conference on COPD

May 17, 2011   |   
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U.S. COPD Coalition Assembling the Community for the Second National Conference on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
December 2nd and 3rd, 2011
Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Crystal City, VA 22202

Washington, DC – May 17, 2011 – The U.S. COPD Coalition and its member organizations are hosting the Second National COPD Conference, a follow-up to the First National Conference held in 2003, which convened hundreds of individuals affected by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), healthcare providers, policy makers and other stakeholders. This conference is taking place on December 2nd and 3rd at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Crystal City, VA 22202. More information about registration is on the Coalition’s website (http://www.uscopdcoalition.org).

“This meeting is a fantastic opportunity for the COPD community to come together and get energized about advocacy,” says Miriam O’Day, Senior Director of Public Policy for the U.S. COPD Coalition. “Individuals living with chronic disease and their caregivers have to safeguard their access to care. Advocacy is the only way to move the federal agenda forward to focus more attention and resources on this growing public health crisis.”

The conference will review the progress made in multiple areas since 2003 and identify action items for everyone participating to take back to their communities. The First National COPD Conference laid the groundwork for nearly a decade of progress in research, clinical care and awareness of COPD, but significant gaps remain.

At the conference, prominent researchers and patient advocates will lead interactive discussions and workshops that will equip attendees with the tools they need to effect significant changes across the country.

“This conference will allow healthcare providers from different affiliations and patient organizations to come together to have a comprehensive assessment of COPD,” says Dr. Antonio Anzueto, professor of medicine the University of Texas Health Science Center and Chair of the U.S. COPD Coalition. “This is the second time in almost 10 years that a conference like this is going to be held in the U.S. The conference will allow a frank exchange of knowledge and ideas that will result in improvement of our patients’ quality of life and how they manage their COPD.”

The conference will also honor the late Dr. Thomas L. Petty—a world-renowned pioneer in the respiratory field, with an evening tribute and display of innovative work from investigators and patient organizations in the U.S.

“It was exciting to attend the previous conference because it was the first time I had seen such an effort to bring different stakeholders together to pursue our common goals,” says Pam DeNardo, patient and advocate for COPD. “I’m looking forward to the upcoming conference which will help measure our progress as a whole and identify our new goals. Since my diagnosis twelve years ago, much has been accomplished but there is still more to be done, which can only be accomplished with a unified directive.”

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 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. The cost of COPD rises each year, and in 2010 those costs were projected to top $49 billion.

The Second National COPD Conference is being held in conjunction with the COPD7USA Conference, hosted by the COPD Foundation. This continuing education conference, being held on December 3rd and 4th at the same location, will feature world-leading researchers leading discussions 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. More information about the COPD7USA Conference can be found on the Foundation’s website (http://www.copdfoundation.org).

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About the U.S. COPD Coalition
Founded in 2001, the U.S. COPD Coalition is a nonprofit that brings together patient foundations and organizations, health professional societies, individuals, and government agencies in the true definition of a coalition. These organizations work together in a unified manner to promote the interests of individuals affected by COPD, their family members, physicians, and scientists. The goal of the member/partners of the Coalition is to improve COPD patient needs with a keen eye to the future. For more information about the U.S. COPD Coalition, visit www.uscopdcoalition.org.

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