ICONIC 2016

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the world and a major cause of morbidity and disability. COPD is undergoing a silent epidemic in India, with very little awareness and focus about the disease amongst patients, health care providers, health care policy makers and researchers.

 

Scientists and researchers especially from the western world have contributed immensely to knowledge generation in the field of epidemiology, pathophysiological mechanisms, prevention and treatment of COPD, and translation of this knowledge has majorly impacted COPD care across the world. In contrast, knowledge generation in the field of COPD has been very slow in India and it remains largely a neglected public health problem with very little emphasis on prevention. COPD, also, remains poorly diagnosed and treated in clinical practice causing immense suffering and death, and a huge economic loss for the country. Recently, a need has been expressed to develop a National COPD Prevention and Control Program in India. But this will require major inputs in terms of knowledge and operational issues, especially from western world with experience in curbing the menace of this global public health problem.

 

The main objective of this conference is  (a) to disseminate knowledge in order to improve the quality of care that we offer to patients of COPD (b) gain better understanding of environmental factors, early life exposure effects on lung development, respiratory infections, lung health of non smoker women due to indoor air pollution and co-morbidities in India associated with COPD (c) new directions for research and policy change that will help reduce the suffering and deaths due to COPD in India.

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