Dr Devesh Dhasmana, NRS Career Researcher and Respiratory Consultant, NHS Fife, was fortunate to be able to present interim work on studies in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) at last month’s international respiratory meeting in the USA. The American Thoracic Society (ATS) annual meeting was held in San Francisco this year, and work on two aspects of IPF was presented in abstract form. The first is a study of the prevalence of this condition in Fife together with calculations on the healthcare burden this places on primary and secondary care resources. The second project is looking at novel reporting methods in those with complex interstitial lung disease, and trying to use computer-aided algorithms to reach a more focussed and targeted radiological diagnosis.
The meeting was fun, the science was ‘awesome’, as the ATS natives would have described it, and the weather was fine. Many thanks also go to the Dr Heller Memorial fund for providing some travel assistance to this meeting, support which was very much appreciated from the medical school. If anyone would like to discuss these or other related projects in respiratory research, they are very welcome to contact Devesh Dhasmana, and/or look at the webpages housed within the Infection group at the medical school.