The Key Role of Preventative Strategies in Chronic Lung Diseases: Chronic Bronchitis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

A narrative summary of selected presentations given  at the second Encuentro Latinoamericano de Infecciones Respiratorias Recurrentes (ELAIR), an educational summit held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 4th–5th July 2015

Dario Olivieri,1 Sanjay Sethi,2 Ana M. Koatz3

1. Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Parma, Parma, Italy
2. Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, University at Buffalo,  State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, USA
3. Faculty of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Disclosure: The authors received an honorarium from OM/Vifor Pharma (Meyrin, Switzerland) as regional experts and presenters at the ELAIR summit, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Acknowledgements: Writing assistance was provided by Dr Ewen Legg of Halcyon Medical Writing.
Support: The publication of this article was funded by OM/Vifor Pharma. The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of OM/Vifor Pharma.
Citation: EMJ Respir. 2016;4(Suppl 1):18-26.


This educational summit, supported by an independent grant from OM/Vifor Pharma, brought together physicians specialising in pulmonary medicine, otolaryngology, surgery, immunology, and paediatrics. Delegates from the USA, Europe, and Latin America met and discussed the current unmet needs of patients suffering respiratory tract infections (RTIs). The meeting included plenary lectures, workshops, and interactive sessions, allowing delegates and presenters to debate the most pressing local and international issues in the field.

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