Irish Thoracic Society

ITS Scientific Meeting 2023


Thursday 9th November 2023

13.30 – 16.30Specialist Registrar Training – Harris Suite
17.15 – 20.30ITS Case Study Forum – Shannon Suite 2&3

R. Convery, Craigavon Area Hospital, Craigavon

L. Cormican, Connolly Hospital, Dublin

H. McLoughlin, Portiuncula University Hospital, Ballinasloe, Galway

A. O’Brien, University Hospital Limerick, Limerick

17.15 – 18.45ITS Case Poster Review – Shannon Suite 2&3
18.45 – 20.30ITS Case Study Oral Presentations followed by prize-giving and supper – Shannon Suite 2&3

Friday 10th November 2023

07.15 – 07.45Registration, Tea/Coffee/Meet the Industry – Shannon Suite I
07.45 – 08.30Poster Review I – Shannon Suite 2&3
08.30 – 09.45Parallel Poster Discussions
 1. Asthma & Sleep – City View & Harris Suite

A. Mulgrew, Bons Secours Hospital, Tralee

I. Counihan, Our Lady’s Hospital Drogheda

 2. COPD – Shannon Suite

D. McGrath, University of Limerick

K. Bolger, St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny

 3. General Respiratory 1 – Library Suite

B. McCullagh, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin

A. O’Mahony, Cork University Hospital, Cork

 4. ILD & Long Covid – O’Brien Wogan Suite

L. Chawke, University Hospital Kerry, Co Kerry

E. McGrath, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin

 5. Telehealth – Henihan Suite

B. Casserly, University Hospital Limerick, Limerick

P. Mitchell, Tallaght University Hospital, Tallaght

9.45 – 10.30Guest Lecture – Shannon Suite 2&3

T. O’Connor, Mercy University Hospital Cork

D. Ryan, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin


Seeing is believing – Imaging of mucus plugs in Asthma and COPD

Dr Eleanor Dunican, St Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin

10.30 – 11.00Tea/Coffee/Meet the Industry – Shannon Suite 1
11.00 – 12.306. Oral Session I – Shannon Suite 2&3
ChairsC. McCarthy, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin
M. Rogan, University Hospital Waterford
 6.1 Prevalence and Clinical Characteristics of LAM in an Irish Cohort
 Maitreyi Penugonda1, Evelyn Lynn1,2, Marissa O’Callaghan1,2, Barry Moran1, Lindsay Brown1, Michael P Keane1,2, Cormac McCarthy1,2
1Department of Respiratory Medicine, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin 4, Ireland. 2School of Medicine, University College Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland.
 6.2 Pharmaceutical Modifications of Human Epididymis Protein 4 (HE4) has Antifibrotic and Anti-Inflammatory Effects on lung fibrosis

Paul Peppard1,2, Nazia Chaudhuri2 , Koray Niels Potel2, Bettina Claudia Schock1

1 Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Antrim, UK. 2Ulster University, Derry, Londonderry, UK.

 6.3 Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-derived Alveolar Epithelial Type 2 Cells – A Novel Model to investigate Sex Hormones and their Role in Pulmonary Fibrosis

1,2Anja Schweikert, 3Sahin Sarihan, 1,2Mari Ozaki, 3,4Hannah Nyarko, 5Imran Sulaiman, 1,2Irene Oglesby, 1Killian Hurley

1Department of Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland
2Tissue Engineering Research Group, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland
3School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland
4SFI Centre Research Training in Genomics Data Science, Ireland
5Department of Respiratory Medicine, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

 6.4 An adenoviral COVID-19 vaccine enhances monocyte responses to Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Dearbhla M. Murphy1, Dónal J. Cox1, Sarah A. Connolly1, Eamon Breen1, Aenea A.I. Brugman1,

James P. Phelan1, Joseph Keanet1 and Sharee A. Basdeo1.

1 Trinity College Dublin

 6.5 The Potential Impact of Sublobar Resection for NSCLC Management in an Irish Setting

Rebecca Weedle1, Jack Whooley1, Vincent Young1, GI Fitzmaurice1, Ronan Ryan1

1St James’s Hospital, Dublin

 6.6 The microbiota-derived metabolite butyrate modulates the inflammatory and bacterial responses of lung macrophages and monocytes against Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Kate Roche1, Craig P. McEntee1, Ross W. Ward1, Ed C. Lavelle1 and Natalia Muñoz-Wolf1

1Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

12.30 – 14.00ITS AGM/Lunch/Meet the Industry – Restaurant
14.00 – 14.45ITS Poster Review II – Shannon Suite 2 & 3
14.45 – 16.00ITS Parallel Poster Discussions
 7. Integrated Respiratory Care – Shannon Suite

S. Miller, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, National Clinical Lead NCP Respiratory

O. Riley, Wexford Physiotherapy Services CHO 5, National HSCP Lead NCP Respiratory

 8. General Respiratory 2 – City View & Harris Suite

E. Mulloy, Limerick

O. Quinn, Nenagh University Hospital

 9. Lung Cancer, Pleural & Surgery – O’Brien Wogan Suite

G. Fitzmaurice, St James’s Hospital Dublin

E. O’ Brien, Beaumont Hospital Dublin

 10.TB, CF & Infections – Henihan Suite

J. Rendall, Belfast City Hospital, Belfast

L. Gleeson, St James’s Hospital, Dublin

16.00 – 16.30Tea/Coffee/Meet the Industry – Shannon Suite 1
16.30 – 17.3011. Oral Session II

K. Finan, Sligo University Hospital, Sligo

E. Moloney, Tallaght University Hospital, Tallaght

 11.1 A pilot study evaluating the clinical applicability of a novel hardware & software platform (afloTM) in patients with airway disease

1Martin G Kelly, 2Susan Kelly, 3Geraldine Horigan, 4John O Kelly, 2,5 Liam Mc Daid & 2,5 Jim Harkin

1Altnagelvin Hospital, Western Health & Social Care Trust, Derry,
2Respiratory Analytics Ltd, Derry,
3Ulster University, Coleraine,
4Aberfoyle Medical Practice, Derry,
5UIster University, Derry

 11.2 Implementing SleepHalo as a clinical decision support system (CDSS) for non-compliant complex Continuous positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy cases.

1Megan McGrane, 1Lauren McCann, 1Liam Cormican 1Aisling McGowan

1Connolly Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

 11.3 Retrospective 10-year review of medical thoracoscopies in Galway University Hospital 2013 – 2023

Sally Griffiths1, Lucy Powert1, Killian Marsh1, David Breen1

1Galway University Hospital, Galway, Ireland

 11.4 Is Fissure Integrity Affected by the Severity of Emphysema and Does This Direct the Choice of Lung Volume Reduction Procedure?

1Ben Shanahan, Luigi Ventura, Joanne Hargrave, David Waller

1St Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield, London, United Kingdom

16.30 – 17.30NCP Respiratory – Harris Suite
ChairsS. Miller, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, National Clinical Lead NCP Respiratory
 Creating the conditions for Change and Integration in Respiratory Medicine
 Lisa McDaid Organisation Development & Change Practitioner | HSE Organisation Development & Design – Improving Change Capacity
17.30 – 18.30Guest Lecture – Shannon Suite 2&3

A. O’Brien, University Hospital Limerick

S. O’Beirne, St Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin

 COPD: How Biological Understanding is Altering Our Approach to Diagnosis and Management
 Professor Fernando Martinez, Cornell University
19.30 – 20.00Drinks Reception and Prizegiving
20.30 – lateGala Dinner and Presentation of Award for Outstanding Contribution to Respiratory Medicine
 Affiliate Forums and Parallel Meetings
10.00 – 17.00ITS Paediatric Forum – Library Suite
11.00 – 12.30ANAIL Forum – O’Brien Wogan Suite
11.00 – 12.30IICMP Respiratory Faculty Forum – Henihan
11.00 – 12.30CPRC Forum – Harris Suite
12.30 – 14.00ITS AGM – Harris Suite
13.00 – 14.00COPD Outreach – Henihan Suite

Saturday 11th November 2023

09.00 – 09.45Guest Lecture – Shannon Suite 2&3

S. Lane, Tallaght University Hospital

D. Murphy, Cork University Hospital

 The role of allergen immunotherapy in allergic airway disease
 Dr Guy Scadding, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
09.45 – 10.30Guest Lecture – Shannon Suite 2&3

C. Gunaratanam, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin

M. Sheehy, Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar, Co Westmeath

 The New Age of Bronchiectasis
 Dr Melissa McDonnell, Galway University Hospital
10.30 – 11.00Tea/Coffee/Meet the Industry – Shannon Suite 1
11.00 – 11.45Guest Lecture – Shannon Suite 2&3
ChairA. O’Brien, University Hospital Limerick
 The Realisation of Integrated Respiratory Care:  Looking to the Future
 S. Miller, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, National Clinical Lead NCP Respiratory
O. Riley, Wexford Physiotherapy Services CHO 5, National HSCP Lead NCP Respiratory
11.45 – 13.00Guest Lecture – Shannon Suite 2&3
ModeratorB. Casserly, University Hospital Limerick
 The Answers Come From Asking the Right Questions – Guiding the Physiologic Assessment in Practice: A Case-based Session
 Professor Eric Gartman, Associate Professor of Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
 Affiliate Forums and Parallel Meetings
11.00 – 12.00National Bronchoscopy QI Programme Information Session – Harris Suite
13.00 – 14.00Irish Pleural Group Inaugural Meeting – Henihan Suite