Thursday 13 June 2013

The European Cystic Fibrosis Society Conference: Day 1

Cystic Fibrosis Trust Policy Officer Nick Medhurst gets ready for a packed conference.

When I arrived this morning at the conference hall in Lisbon that is playing host to the 36th European Cystic Fibrosis Conference, I was struck by the scale of this event.

It is quite remarkable that the ECFS attracts so many clinicians and professionals, not just from Europe but from all over the world. I think it is testament to what an exciting time we in the cystic fibrosis community find ourselves in, but also to the dedication and commitment to sharing and learning together that these people have.

I have a packed agenda hearing from leaders in the field on subjects from adherence to resilience, care models to treatment innovation. I only hope I can take it all in!

This afternoon the Trust is hosting its own seminar, where we will be gathering together centre directors from across the UK to discuss new research opportunities and ways of partnering together to improve the lives of people affected by cystic fibrosis.

With so many eminent people here, I can't really fail to learn a lot and I'm looking forward to bringing this learning back to HQ to continue the excellent work of the Trust's Policy team.

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