Smartlife at the Largest Congress in Respiratory Medicine

The European Respiratory Society Congress 2018 was located at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, and featured a wide range academic seminars, a large exhibition floor, and a varied selection of thematic posters.

At this event, there were 420 scientific and educational sessions. These included lectures covering every aspect of respiration by experts and well-established researchers, and poster discussion sessions which gave newer researchers the opportunity to present their research in front of an expert audience. For me, some of the highlights included poster discussions on ‘new diagnostic tools for sleep and breathing and healthcare provision options’, and ‘exercise in medicine: testing and treating patients with some effort’.

The exhibition floor was another congress highlight and displayed all of the newest technology available in respiratory care. It allowed exhibitors to showcase new products with demonstrations and disseminate information with interactive booths. The exhibitors ranged in specialities including surgical equipment, virtual reality devices, and self-monitoring devices.

One of the more popular attractions at the congress was the game zone which was an interactive space which challenged individuals with quizzes covering the entire respiratory medical sector including diagnosis and treatment of the major respiratory diseases. It also involved some practical assessments where you could try you hand at some medical respiratory skills such as thoracic ultrasound and valve placement on practice equipment.

For me, the main reason for attending this congress was to disseminate Smartlife research in partnership with the University of Kent. After submitting an abstract, I was selected to showcase a thematic poster entitled ‘Validation of breathing frequency algorithms in impedance pneumography’.

The poster was displayed for an entire day in the thematic poster section ‘new methods and concepts in tests of lung and respiratory muscle function’ and included a two-hour Q & A session where I was available to answer questions or discuss the findings of the research with anyone interested. The poster gained a lot of interest from individuals with a wide range of backgrounds which highlighted the potential use of Smartlife technology not only in the sports sector but also in the medical sector for patient monitoring.

The thematic poster sections also gave me the opportunity to explore other posters which displayed new research from around Europe in every aspect of respiration. Overall it was a huge learning opportunity for me and gave promise to the continued and future use of Smartlife technology in respiration.

For more information about ERS and next year’s event, visit https://erscongress.org.