Asthma conference set for this month

An asthma conference featuring some of America’s most prominent experts on the respiratory disease will be held in Grand Cayman this month.

The conference for medical professionals, organised by the recently formed Asthma Cayman, in collaboration with the Asthma Educators Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, will be held on Saturday, 21 April at Hollywood Theatres in Camana Bay.

Melissa Shaw, a respiratory therapist with the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority who has been involved in setting up the Asthma Cayman support group, said the aim of the organisation was to bring a multidisciplinary approach to asthma treatment in the Cayman Islands and to educate local patients on how to manage and control their asthma.

According to the 2010 census, asthma is the third most prevalent illness in Cayman, after high blood pressure and diabetes.

Professionals who take part in the upcoming conference will pass on their knowledge and guidance to the public on World Asthma Day on 1 May.

Speakers at the conference include Dr. Christopher Fanta, Dr. Kennan Haver and Dr. Dennis Beer.

Dr. Fanta is a founder and director of the Asthma Partners Center, a collaboration of allergists and pulmonologists at the Brigham and Women’s, Massachusetts General, Faulkner and Newton-Wellesley hospitals, and the North Shore Medical Center. He is also director of respiratory care services at Spaulding Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Fanta served as an associate professor at Harvard University and he has been course director for respiratory courses at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the Asthma Partners Center.

Dr. Haver is a paediatric pulmonologist who specialises in asthma, cystic fibrosis and airway disorders. He is an assistant professor in paediatrics at the Harvard Medical School and is a recipient of the Top Doctor for Massachusetts 2009 Award. He is co-director for the Center for Aero-Digestive Disorders and director of the Division of Respiratory Diseases Asthma Programme at the Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Dennis Beer specialises in allergy/immunology, critical care medicine and pulmonary disease at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicines in Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care.

Attendence at the conference costs $50. Participants will receive six Continuing Medical Education credits and the designation of Asthma Cayman Educator at completion of the conference.

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