The 2015 UK Cystic Fibrosis Conference (UKCFC), the United Kingdom’s most-anticipated annual conference for the cystic fibrosis community that brings together esteemed disease experts, researchers, health professionals, patients and family members, is set to take place on September 22-23, 2015. The two-day event is expected to attract over 300 attendees to Manchester, UK for an opportunity to share and promote new insights into the latest CF research and advocacy updates in order to better understand, manage and treat the disease.
Dr. Keith Brownlee, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s first-ever Director of Impact who is responsible for spearheading the organization’s commitment to improving care, support and research for cystic fibrosis in the UK, said, “The conference is a great chance for all members of the cystic fibrosis community to get together discuss where we are at and also where we are going. We have an amazing list of presenters who are leaders in their field and I am not only excited to hear what they have to say, but honoured to appear on the schedule with them.”
The two-day conference will feature a comprehensive program, with day 1 catering more to the academic, research, and clinical attendees. Invited speakers include Dr. Felix Ratjen, the current Division Chief of Pediatric Respiratory Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, and Professor Marcus A. Mall, a Professor of Pediatrics at Heidelberg University.
Day 2, which will feature a discussion led by Dr. Mandy Byron, a clinical psychologist at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, and a talk by Dr. Brownlee, will be geared towards educating both attending health professionals and the rest of the cystic fibrosis community on the latest CF developments.
Those interested in the event who cannot attend in person may visit the Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s website to follow the conference via live streaming. The conference’s detailed program for both days is available online on the CF Trust’s website as well.
In other CF advocacy news, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the United States’ leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding better ways to control and cure CF, has just launched a completely redesigned website at www.cff.org. The organization noted that the website redesign is a result of the CFF’s unwavering determination of its mission, which is to provide patients and their significant others the medical and informational support they need to still live a fruitful, long life despite the debilitating disease.