September 2011

Educational Opportunities

Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago's e-newsletter is published monthly and contains news of our happenings, program updates and links to lung health resources.

This month's issue includes:

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Catch Your Breath Conference to address disparities in lung disease

Register now for Catch Your Breath®, a conference for medical professionals, women who have lung disease and their families. Join us for dinner and lectures about key issues in women's lung health and advancements in lung disease treatment and research.

The event will be held on Tuesday, September 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy in Oak Brook. The $30 registration fee includes dinner, a networking reception and three lectures. Mark Yoder, MD, of Rush University Medical Center, will provide updates on lung cancer screening and Michael Cuttica, MD, of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, will speak on pulmonary hypertension in women. Jonathan D. Klein, MD, MPH, American Academy of Pediatrics director at Julius B. Richmond Center, will discuss third-hand smoke, which is toxic gases and particles from cigarettes left behind on carpets, clothing, furniture and more.

Register for the event on our Catch Your Breath Conference page. 

Living Better Together Conference registration now open

Register now for the eighth annual Living Better Together COPD Conference on Tuesday, November 15, at the Meridian Banquet and Conference Center in Rolling Meadows, Ill. The conference is for people living with COPD, their families and caregivers.

This year's conference features two keynote speakers. Michael Ezzie, MD, of the Ohio State University, who will address "COPD Exacerbations: Causes and Preventions," and Mark A. Yoder, MD, of Rush University College of Medicine, who will discuss "COPD Testing Explained." Other break-out session topics include "Get the Most Out of Your Doctor Visit," "Live Life Laughing" and "Let's Make Some Noise: COPD Advocacy 101."

The $20 registration fee also includes refreshments, on-site supplemental oxygen, bus transportation for groups of 15 or more, a luncheon and the chance to mingle with other people living with COPD.

Learn more and download the registration form on our Living Better Together COPD Conference page. 

Change the numbers buttonAn estimated 557,120 people are living with COPD in Illinois. As many as half of them don't know that they are living with COPD, and could be empowered to learn how to manage COPD and live to their fullest potential.

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Research update: Understanding lung cancer

Navdeep S. Chandel, PhD, a professor of medicine and cell biology at Northwestern University, recently published his findings from a study supported by RHAMC. Chandel studied the cellular process that provides energy for the KRAS pathway, which is known to lead to some adenocarcinomas (a type of non-small cell lung cancer). Tumors that develop as a result of the KRAS pathway do not respond well to traditional treatment methods, so Chandel was seeking new ways to block energy fueling the pathway and thus kill the cancer cells.

His research has changed scientists' thinking about cancer cell metabolism and spurred exploration of new lung cancer therapies that may attack cancer by impairing cellular energy production. Dr. Chandel's study was published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The paper has already been cited 20 times and was one of the most downloaded papers on the PNAS website.

Get Involved: Volunteer with us at The Lung Run 5 & 10K!

On September 17, the annual Astellas Oncology Chicago Lung Run will draw more than 2,000 participants for a 5K/10K run, walk and rally to raise funds and awareness of lung cancer.

Respiratory Health Association receives a portion of the race proceeds to fund lung cancer research, and we also provide volunteers to support the event. If you're interested in joining the race or volunteering with us, visit our Lung Power Crew site for more information!

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