Cough It Up!

Back in June, SRxA’s Word on Health attended the 2011 American Cough Conference (ACC) in New York.  At the time, many people were surprised to learn that cough is the most common complaint for which Americans seek medical attention, and also one of the least understood.

The ACC is the nation’s leading educational program on cough and attracted physicians, researchers and allied health professionals from all over the world.  The Scientific Committee, led by Dr. Peter Dicpinigaitis, brought together an outstanding faculty representing the Who’s Who of the cough world.  Over 150 delegates from 11 countries attended and enjoyed a mix of plenary sessions, oral presentations and a pro-con debate. The informal, multi-specialty format provided attendees with both state-of-the-art science and the opportunity to translate it into best clinical practice for their patients through peer-to-peer discussion.

The scientific proceedings of the 2011 ACC will be published in Lung later this year.  In the meantime, the conference organizers asked SRxA to produce an e-Newsletter to be disseminated to attendees as well as pulmonologists, allergists, otolaryngologists and speech pathologists not fortunate enough to have been there.

The resulting publication – Cough It Up! was released yesterday and we invite you to be among its first readers.

Cough It Up! provides an interactive review of the ACC, featuring a mix of the meeting highlights, cough trivia and an exclusive interview with one of the all time greats of cough.

Written, developed and designed by SRxA, its distribution was supported by Pfizer Consumer Health.

If you are planning a medical meeting or conference and would like to have the same type of coverage for your event we’d love to hear from you.

Turning up the AC for the ACC (and the MRS)

While most of Washington, DC is still trying to figure out how to stay cool during this early summer heat-wave, your Word on Health bloggers are packing their bags and temporarily moving north. The reason?  Well, this week SRxA and two of our preferred partner organizations: TREAT Education and LifeSciencesPress are involved with major medical meetings in New York and Chicago. The Big Apple is the venue for the 2011 American Cough Conference (ACC)- the nation’s leading educational program for health care professionals involved in the management of patients with cough. The meeting will provide a state-of-the-art, academic update on cough,  which, you may be surprised to learn, is one the most common reasons patients worldwide seek medical attention.

The American Cough Conference will be chaired by one of SRxA’s Clinical Advisors – Peter Dicpinigaitis, MD. Dr. Dicpinigaitis is Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and Founder/Director of the Montefiore Cough Center, one of the few specialty centers in the world exclusively committed to the evaluation and management of patients with chronic cough. He will be joined at the meeting by an extensive international faculty representing the Who’s Who of cough and approximately 150 attendees from around the world.

Meanwhile, in the Windy City, Dr. Judith Farrar, Editor-in-Chief of LifeSciencesPress, will act as Executive Director of the Midwest Reproductive Symposium (MRS). The MRS is an annual educational program, chaired by SRxA Advisor, Dr. Angeline Beltsos,  that discusses issues relevant to reproductive medicine.

Internationally recognized as a program of excellence, the MRS provides the most up-to-date information on clinical and research topics. Sessions and workshops during the 2-day program are designed for maximum interaction. A Reproductive Endocrinology Fellows Poster Session and a Nurse Practicum Day precede the meeting.

Word on Health will be at both meetings and will, of course, bring you exclusive coverage in the coming days. In the meantime if you’re a health professional and interested in attending it’s not too late to register.