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Drs. Jonathan Aldler, Robyn Domsic and Georgios Kitsios, each give a presentation at the 2018 UPMC Pitt Lung Conference. Dr. Jonathan Alder gives a presentation on the function and maintence of telomeres. Dr. Robyn Domsic identifies the clinical and autoantibody subsets of systemic sclerosis. Dr. Georgios Kitsios presents on epidemiologic observations from studying the lung microbiome in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the function and maintenance of telomeres
  • Recognize current research on the pathology of telomere dysfunction
  • Describe how information about telomere status may inform care for patients with lung disease
  • Recognize randomized clinical trial data for the use of immunosuppressive therapy for the management of SSc-ILD
  • Identify SSc-related autoantibodies at risk for the development and progression of ILD
  • Recognize observational data for the use of immunosuppressive therapy in SSc-ILD for those drugs which have not undergone formal clinical trial testing
  • Identify physician knowledge on the microbiome hypothesis in IPF
  • Identify physician knowledge on the current epidemiologic evidence for microbes in IPF
  • Identify physician knowledge on the current evidence of the tissue microbiome in IPF

Disclosures:

Dr. Adler has financial interests with the following entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Grant/Research Support: Funding from NHLBI, Winters Foundation

Dr. Domsic has financial interests with the following entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Consultant: Elcos Sciences, Inc

Dr. Kitsios has reported no relevant relationships with entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.01) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1.0 contact hour.

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Release Date: 11/29/2018 | Last Modified On: 11/29/2018 | Expires: 11/29/2019

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