We have been busy this autumn meeting our fabulous supporters and patients and presenting our research work.
We had two separate patient/supporter meetings; one for bronchiectasis, and one for pulmonary fibrosis to celebrate #Breathtember (Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month).
At the Pulmonary Fibrosis/Interstitial Lung Disease event, Dr Porter along with our fabulous clinical fellows and scientists presented their integral and very interesting research work into PF.
Dr Akif Khawaja: The role of neutrophils in Interstitial Lung Disease: a novel target for treatment.
Dr Deborah Chong: The role of platelets in Interstitial Lung Disease.
Dr Theresia Mikolasch: The first UK non-invasive lung biopsy service.
Dr Theresia Mikolasch: Using Cryobiopsy to assess Inhaled drug delivery to the distal lung.
Dr Manuela Plate: Can we use circulating DNA to tell us about genetic changes in the lung?
Dr Wes Wellard: Finding new genetic mutations in patients with IPF.
Dr Jagdeep Sahota: The role of mucins in IPF.
After lunch, the focus group discussed future areas of research into interstitial lung disease.
The scientists loved meeting you and one scientist said that meeting you helped ‘motivate us to do more and do it better and quicker’.
At the Bronchiectasis Evening, Professor Brown explained what we know about bronchiectasis and what we still need to find out. And, importantly, how Breathing Matters can help. This was followed by a lively Q+A session when Professor Brown answered some in-depth questions on the treatment of the disease.
We were also treated to Jane Walker’s personal and touching account of coping with her condition. Jane organises our annual Christmas Concert and we were lucky to have one of the Holst Singers along with a representative from Pharma Profile who has given a donation towards the costs of staging this concert, with us that evening.
It was so lovely to meet so many of you in person and we look forward to seeing many of you at our Christmas Concert at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden on Friday, 8th December 2017.
These meetings show how Breathing Matters have helped research into both lung diseases since our inception in 2011, and it is thanks to all our fundraisers and donors that this has been achieved.
We could not have done this without your support – thank you!