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History of East Bohemian Respiratory Congresses

The tradition of the East Bohemian Respiratory Congress (EBRC) started in 1996, so we are preparing the 24th meeting this year. During the past period, the EBRC became the greatest and most popular annual congress organized by the Czech Pneumological and Phthisiological Society (CPFS). In the last years this meeting of respiratory specialists gained its reputation even in neighboring countries and we welcome foreign participants as from Slovakia, Austria and Germany each year. Our congress is known for its purely scientific character and even the symposia supported by pharmaceutical sponsors are primarily non-commercial. We implement each year new leading topic into the program. In 2016 we discussed the role of respiratory medicine in the migration crisis in Europe, where our colleagues from Czech Army Medical Team presented their experiences from helping migrants during their move to Europe. In 2017 we had a symposium focused on high-altitude medicine and respiratory aspects of adaptation to high altitude. Full house attended this symposium of international speakers from Kyrgyzstan, Swiss and Austria. This year congress targets novel technologies in respiratory medicine, where especially novel bronchoscopic methods of diagnosis will be presented. We traditionally focus the program mainly on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma and interstitial lung disease which are the most preferred topic of our audience, who are dominantly private respiratory physicians from the whole country. We will organize several practical workshops during this year´s congress, pre-congress workshops on clinical lung ultrasound and workshop on CPET and in cooperation with Olympus we plan to present novel diagnostic procedures in endoscopic workshop. Our congress is traditionally free of charge open for students of medicine. Part of the program is prepared for respiratory nurses, who have prepared their program by themselves, concentrated mainly on respiratory physiotherapy and various aspects of nurse care in respiratory medicine.

Relation to ERS

Our congress gained ERS endorsement in the year 2017 already. The ERS logo and advantages of joint membership of CPFS and ERS were actively promoted during the congress. We prepared small ERS booth, where basic information of ERS educational activities were presented. This year, our objective is to promote the ERS educational activities again. Moreover, we plan to organize a special symposium, where current ERS educational activities in the field of TB and ERS website will be presented to the audience. The TB symposium is usually very well visited, we usually have full house and the lecture could impact nearly 400 participants of the conference, which cover nearly half of respiratory specialist in the Czech Republic.