The scientific programme will feature the very best of speakers from the five Nordic countries and cover a wide range within the respiratory field including obstructive lung diseases, pulmonary oncology, sleep-related breathing disorders, interstitial lung diseases, cystic fibrosis and lung transplantation. In addition to parallel symposia, ongoing research from the Nordic countries will be presented as posters and oral presentations.

Post-graduate courses - Wednesday 10th May 2017

Course Time Language Lecture hall
Registration from 09:00 at the venue Wisby Strand
Lung cancer   PDF 10.00-17.00 English VALL  
KOL- från diagnos till behandling   PDF  10.00-17.00 Scandinavian JODA
Sleep and Breathing   PDF 14.00-17.00 English VIKLAU
Cystic fibrosis   PDF    
Sponsored by Vertex
14.00-17.00 English ALA Greenroom

See preliminary programme as PDF.
Lunch and coffee is included in all courses.
For courses starting at 14.00 lunch boxes are available from 13.00
Get-together meeting at Restaurant Munkkällaren 19.00

Poster sessions
May 11, 15.00-16.30 Oral presentation
May 12, 11.00-12.30 Poster session I
May 12, 13.30-15.00 Poster session II
May 12, 15.00-15.15 Poster awards

Thursday 11th May 2017

Time Symposia 1 - WISBY Symposia 2 - VALL Symposia 3 - VIKLAU
08.00-08.30 Registration
08.30-10.00 Globalisation and the lung
Chairs: Eva Lindberg S, Christer Janson S

Global burden of pulmonary diseases
Jørgen Vestbo DK

Flying with chronic pulmonary disease
Anne Edvardsen N

Understanding phenotypes - the way forward to P4 medicine
Thorarinn Gislason, I
10.00-10.30 Coffee in the excibition hall
10.30-12.00 Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF): Diagnosis, treatment and register-based research
Chair: Magnus Sköld, S, Marjukka Myllärniemi, F

IPF: Latest on diagnostic work-up
Riitta Kaarteenaho F

Are there any treatment options avaliable? 
Alan Altraja E

Why do we need national IPF registries?
Input from Finland (Marjukka Myllärniemi), Sweden (Giovanni Ferrara) and Denmark (Elisabeth Bendstrup)

How to optimise the care of pulmonary patients through interprofessionell cooperations
Chairs: Anne-Marie Gabrielsen N, Kerstin Romberg S
Results from the work by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL)
Margareta Emtner S

Local adaption of "The Health Care Interaction reform" - Interdisciplinary patient care at a local level in Stavanger
Kristian Jong Høine N

Certification of Asthma/COPD-clinics in primary care in Skåne
Kerstin Romberg S

Interprofessional care in patients with home mechanical ventilation. Experiences from Iceland
Bryndís Halldórsdóttir I


Respiratory epidemiology in the Nordic countries
Christer Janson
S, Charlotte Hyldgaard DK

Christer Janson, S

The Copenhagen Studies
Charlotte Suppli-Ulrik DK

Rain Jõgi E

Cecilia Svanes N

Anders Blomberg S

12.00-13.00 Lunch in the exhibition hall / Satellite symposia sponsored by TEVA
13.00-14.30 Chairs: Alan Altraja E, Ann Lindberg S

Lung transplantations- what’s new?
Maija Halme F

Debate: How should COPD be defined? COPD should be defined by fixed FEV1/FVC ratio
Kjell Larsson S

COPD should be defined by using lower limit of normal for the FEV,/FVC ratio
Kjell Torén S
Rehabilitation in COPD and other pulmonary diseases
Chairs: Harpa Arnardóttir I, Anders Östrem N

Rehabilitation in primary care, a Nordic model?
Anders Östrem N

Rehabilitation by Telehealth, a model for the future?
Audhild Hjalmarsen N

Rehabilitation to achieve asthma control
Margareta Emtner S
Sleep-disordered breathing
Chairs: Erve Sõõru E, Jan Hedner S

OSA: Symptoms and comorbitidy
Thorarinn Gislason I

Airflow limitation and hypoventilation in obesity
Sverre Lehmann N

OSA with COPD or asthma overlap  
Tarja Saarisranta F
14.30-15.00 Coffee in the excibition hall
15.00-16.30 Tuberculosis, current situation and update
Chairs: Manfred Danilovits E, Helene Wallstedt, S

Current epidemiology of TB/MDR-TB
Helene Wallstedt S

WHO guidelines on MDR-TB: Challenges  of the shorter MDR-TB regimen in Europe
Manfred Danilovits E

Norwegian guidelines for tuberculosis
Svein Hoegh Henrichsen N

Montoring asthma and COPD
- what tools to use in primary and secondary care

Chairs: Ernst Omenaas N, Charlotte Suppli Ulrik DK

Monitoring asthma and COPD in primary care
Karin Lisspers I

Measuring airway inflammation in asthma and COPD
Lauri Lehtimaki F

The use of physiology and imaging techniques in monitoring
Leif Bjermer S


Oral presentations
Chairs: Thomas Sandström S, Peter Plaschke DK

List of abstracts Oral Presentation

16.30-17.30 Satellite symposia sponsored by Astra Zeneca, with refreshments.
19.15 Congress Dinner at Wisby Strand   Sponsored by:  

Friday 12th May 2017

Time Symposia 1 - WISBY Symposia 2 - VALL Symposia 3 - VIKALU
09.00-10.30 COPD in non-smokers
Chairs: Cecilie Svanes N, Ellen Tufvesson S

Preterm birth; A risk for COPD in adulthood?
Per Thunqvist S

Environmental exposure and COPD – from wood-smoke to e-cigarettes
Torben Sigsgaard DK

Occupational exposure and COPD
Per Bakke N

Bio-mass fuel and COPD
Onno van Schayck NL

Targeted therapy in lung cancer - a big step toward individualized medicine
Chair: Bengt Bergman S

09.00 – 09.15
Introduction - A new treatment era in lung cancer
Bengt Bergman S

09.15 – 09.45
EGFR inhibitors – New drugs override resistance
Odd Terje Brustugun N

09.45 – 10.10
ALK inhibitors widen the therapeutic area
Maria Planck S

10.10 – 10.25 SMIL – a national study for identifying molecular targets
Maria Planck S

10.25 – 10.30
Concluding remarks
Bengt Bergman S
Orphan lung diseases
Chairs: Inger Dahlén S, Tarja Laitinen, F

Rare lung diseases – a genetic perspective
Tarja Laitinen F

Rare lung diseases – a clinical perspective
Ulla Hodgson F

Diffuse Cystic Lung Disorders (LAM, Langerhans cell Histiocytosis, Birt Hogg Dubè, Ehler Danlos, Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation…)
Venerino Poletti DK
10.30-11.00 Coffee in the excibition hall Poster session I - 11.00-12.30
Chairs: Vibeke Bakker DK, Jenny Theorell-Haglöw S
List of abstracts Poster Session I

Chairs: Rain Jögi E, Anne Sofie Bjerrum, DK

 EBUS in the diagnosis of sarcoidosis
Stefan Barath S

Pro-con: Is it enough with glucocorticoid treatment in pulmonary sarcoidosis?
Susanna Kullberg S

The epidemiology of sarcoidosis in Sweden and implications for future research
Elizabeth Arkema S


Guidelines for asthma and COPD in the Nordic countries
Chairs: Christer Janson S, Howraman Meteran DK

Guidelines in Estonia
Alan Altraja E

Guidelines in Denmark
Celeste Porsbjerg DK

Guidelines in Finland
Hannu Kanaanranta F

Guidelines in Iceland
Dora Ludviksdottir I

Guidelines in Norway
Sigurd Steinshamn N

Hot topics
Chair: Ole Hilberg DK, Andrei Malinovschi S

Dysfunctional breathing - A common contributor to dyspnea in lung patients
Celeste Porsbjerg DK

Telemonitoring with forced oscillation technique in COPD Andrei Malinovschi S

New data from the Swedish national register on obstructive lung diseases
Ann Ekberg-Jansson S

Is asthma treatment doping?
Kjell Larsson S

12.30-13.30 Lunch in the exhibition hall / Satellite symposia sponsored by Chiesi
13.30-15.00 Severe asthma
Chair: Vibeke Backer DK, Anna von Bülow DK

Nordic Severe Asthma Network
Celeste Porsbjerg DK 

Severe asthma in Iceland
Unnur Steina Björnsdóttir I

Severe asthma in Finland
Hannu Kankaanranta F         

Chairs: Eva Lindberg S, Sverre Lehman, N

Chronic hypoxia - to treat or not to treat?
Magnus Ekström S

Hypoxia during sleep in COPD –
Nils Henrik Holmedahl N

Exercise-induced hypoxia
Margareta Emtner S

Poster session II
Chairs: Dóra Lúðvíksdóttir I, Björn Ställberg S

List of abstracts Poster Session II

15.00-15.10 Closing remarks and poster awards  
15.15-18.00 Sessions organized by the Nordic Primary Care Respiratory Group - Programme
  DK= Denmark, E = Estonia, F = Finland, I= Iceland, N = Norway, S = Sweden


Program organized by Swedish Respiratory Society (SLMF and SLIF)
Thursday 11th May 13.00-14.30 SLMF Årsmöte (Swedish Respiratory Society Annual meeting)
  15.00-16.30 Swedish Respiratory Society Awards:

Epigenetik och metabolomik vid KOL
Annelie Behndig

Th17-associerade cytokiner vid bakteriell kolonisering hos patienter med KOL och kronisk bronkit.
Anders Lindén

15.45 SLIF Årsmöte
Social programme
Wednesday 10th May 19.00 Get-together meeting at Restaurant Munkkällaren.
Thursday 11th May 19:15 Congress Dinner at Wisby Strand       Sponsored by:    

Social programme - Organized by Central Baltic Incoming
Wednesday 10th May 18:00 City tour on foot. The tour ends at Munkkällaren and the Get-together meeting. Price: SEK 200 per person incl. VAT
Saturday 13th May 09:00 - 16:00 Östergarn –  Where the sun raises.  Read more
Price: SEK 1045 per person incl. VAT  
 PDF Pictures from the Östergarn tour and the Guided tour in Visby