Winter Lung Conference Series & Other Events

As part of the research and education mission of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (PACCS), the division hosts and co-hosts a number of events and an annual lecture series, the Winter Lung Conference Series. 

Desert Lung Conference

We also support related initiatives of other divisions and departments, such as the inaugural Desert Lung Conference, April 15-16, 2016, which was hosted at the JW Marriott Tucson Star Pass Resort by the UA Department of Surgery in conjunction with PACCS and focused on issues related to lung failure, lung surgery and lung transplantation. The lineup of speakers included several experts from our division such as James Knepler, MD,  associate division chief, program director, Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship, and director, Interventional Pulmonology, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson; and Steven Knoper, MD, director, Lung Transplantation, Banner – UMC Tucson.

Winter Lung Conference Series


The University of Pittsburgh's John McDyer, MD (center with UA Pulmonary Function and Exercise Physiology Laboratory Medical Director Cristine Berry, MD. MHS) discusses "Novel Targets and Therapeutics for Lung Allograft Rejection" during his UA Winter Lung Series lecture Jan. 28, 2016, at the BIO5 Institute.

The Winter Lung Conference Series (WLCS), held in conjunction with the UA Health Sciences Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center and UA BIO5 Institute, brings in nationally and internationally renowned physician-scientists to discuss the latest research in various fields of pulmonary medicine and share those emerging ideas and clinical advances with our faculty, fellows and residents in training at the UA Health Sciences colleges, as well as community physicians.

The following is the schedule for the 2016-17 Winter Lung Conference Series (click here for a printable PDF of all speakers for the year).

■ Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
UAHS Room 8403

Nicholas S. Hill, MD 
Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, and Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Division, Tufts Medical Center, Boston. Past president, American Thoracic Society.

Seminar Title: “Group 2 Pulmonary Hypertension: A Conundrum Wrapped in an Enigma” 

■ Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
BIO5 Room 103

G.R. Scott Budinger, MD 
Professor of Medicine, Cell and Molecular Biology, and the Ernest S. Bazley Professor of Airway Diseases, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and Chief, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Northwestern Memorial Hospital (and Prentice Women's Hospital), Chicago.

Seminar Title: “The Role of Macrophage Ontogeny in the Age Related Susceptibility to Lung Disease”

■ Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
UAHS Room 5403 - Please note room change for Dr. Noble's presentation!

Paul W. Noble, MD 
Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine; Vera and Paul Guerin Family Distinguished Chair in Pulmonary Medicine; and Director, Women’s Guild Lung Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles. He has been involved in industry-sponsored clinical trials evaluating new therapies in IPF and participated in the pirfenidone and nintedanib programs leading to the first FDA-approved treatments for IPF.

Seminar Title: "New Insights Into the Pathogenesis of Pulmonary Fibrosis" - CANCELLED 

■ Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
UAHS Room 8403            

Robert Paine III, MD 
Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Respiratory, Critical Care and Occupational Pulmonary Medicine, and the Kenneth P. Burbidge Presidential Endowed Chair in Pulmonary Medicine and Lung Transplantation, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City.

Seminar Title: “Oxygen, Pulmonary Innate Immunity and Goldilocks: What happens when things aren’t just right”

■ Thursday, March 9, 2017
12 - 1 p.m.
UAHS Room 5403

Serpil Erzurum, MD 
Professor of Medicine and Chair, Department of Pathobiology, Lerner Research Institute; Staff Physician, Respiratory Institute, and Director, Clinical Research Unit, Cleveland Clinic; the Alfred Lerner Memorial Chair in Innovation Biomedical Research, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; and Chair, Allergy, Immunology and Inflammation, American Thoracic Society.

Seminar Title: “Metabolism and Hypoxia in Pulmonary Vascular Disease”

Click here to see invited speakers for prior years and their topics.