There are many reasons why chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) deserves to be high on the list of disease targets and research. COPD is still a major public health problem because has an high prevalence and it is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide creating a formidable challenge for the healthcare systems. COPD is one of the most frequent causes of unscheduled visits in the offices of general practitioners and specialists and of emergency wards visits and hospital admissions. Furthermore COPD, causes 3.2 millions of deaths worldwide and represents one of the top causes of death among the Italian population. In addition, COPD care, both directly and indirectly, use a substantial amount of the resources of Italian National Health Service, with a significant impact on social expenses. Despite recent trends in reduction of COPD standardized mortality rates and some recent successes in anti-smoking efforts in a number of Western countries, the demographic impact of ageing in an ever-expanding world population (around 7.3 billion in 2015), joined with other factors such as the high rates of smoking, will ensure that COPD will remain a challenge for clinicians within the 21st century epidemiologic point of view. For every COPD patient that physicians could avoid putting on a long-term ventilator this will save an enormous amount of money of the Italian National Health Service. Sicily has a passive (requests of being cured in other Italian regions) mobility of 6-8% of all Sicilian COPD patients. Current personalised treatment of COPD is unable to completely modify the natural history of the disease in its different and complex clinical phenotypes or to fully satisfy the expectations of the patients. In addition there are molecular links, still largely under investigated, between COPD, lung, cancer and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) all tobacco smoking-related diseases but with different clinical-pathological expressions. It is particularly relevant that in a large longitudinal study of asymptomatic patients with mild-to-moderate COPD, ~33% of subjects died of lung cancer over ~15 years suggesting that lung cancer is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in COPD patients. These patients share a common environmental risk factor (smoking) and a genetic predisposition represented by the incidence of these diseases in only a fraction of smokers. Moreover there are no prognostic biomarkers to monitor the natural history of the disease in a simple and noninvasive way. For all these reasons, this annual meeting represent an important moment of discussion between Italian and International experts on the most recent available evidence on the molecular pathogenesis of COPD. The Pulmonology team together with the Clinical Pharmacology, Pathology and Thoracic Surgeons teams at the University Hospital Gaetano Martino of Messina, Italy wish to stay at the cutting edge of the COPD research with the aim of discovering new therapeutic targets and new prognostic biomarkers, which may in the future allow us to better control the disease.
10 Maggio 2019
Excelsior Palace Hotel
Via Toselli, 8
98039 Taormina (ME), Italia
Full Professor of Respiratory Medicine, AOU Policlinico “G. Martino” Messina
Dipartimento BIOMORF, Università di Messina, Italy
Lifetime Honorary President of the Meeting:
Former Full Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Messina, Italy
Pneumologia, Dipartimento BIOMORF - Università di Messina, Italy
Life-Long Learning in Medicine
The event is part of CME programme of the Ministry of Health for 70 Medical Doctors, including all Specialities and General Medicine and Pharmacists.