Asthma Network Conference 2024

This one-day asthma conference targets key areas where improvement in practice can relieve morbidity and safeguard all ages of patients

Programme overview

We are excited to host the Asthma Network Conference 2024! The Allergy Academy from King’s College London is collaborating with the paediatric and adult severe asthma centres to provide a panel of national and international experts to best inform practice. This multidisciplinary day will cover a wide range of topics to enable safe, state-of-the-art care in adults and children presenting with asthma across the UK. Our emphasis is on a holistic integrated pathway approach, from community to specialist difficult asthma care networks where required. Our speakers include expert opinion leaders, senior nursing staff, behavioural psychologist, pharmacists and clinicians with expertise in supporting best access for hard-to-reach communities.

Asthma remains a huge health burden for up to 15% of our society across the life-course, bringing regular unscheduled admissions, repeated reviews and sometimes life-threatening acute episodes. The day emphasises common themes between children / adult care, and deals with transition and inequity in care as a topic in particular. Best practice relies on accurate structured decision-making, working within multidisciplinary teams, and access to the latest treatments where conventional asthma therapy is not sufficient. Some of the most recent pharmacotherapy in this area is utterly transforming the boundaries of care, and includes recent developments in combined medicines, delivery devices, biologic and personalised medicines.

Topic overview:

This Network Day will be an in person, face to face event at the Robens Suite of Guy’s Hospital, London, to maximise all networking and clinical discussion on the day. There will be no recording or hybrid option, because the emphasis is on meeting leaders in clinical, academic and multidisciplinary care models.  

This Network day is suitable for all health care professionals working with patients who have asthma, emphasising equity of access, prompt and evidence-based treatment in accordance with GINA, BTS and NICE guidance.

Who should attend

This event is targeted towards a spectrum of healthcare professionals including:

Latest agenda

08:30 – 09:00

Arrival and refreshments

09:00 – 09:10

Welcome, Housekeeping and Introduction

  • Dr Tom Marrs, Consultant in Paediatric Allergy, Director of Allergy Academy and Senior Lecturer with Adjunct, King’s College London

Latest in Best Practice

Session 1 Chair: Dr Tom Marrs

09:10 – 09:40

Identifying high risk patients: tests and biomarkers

  • Professor David Jackson, Professor of Respiratory Medicine, King’s College London and Consultant in Asthma and Eosinophilic Lung Diseases, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust Foundation Trust

09:40 – 10:10

Anti-inflammatory–reliever versus maintenance anti-inflammatory alone: is MART practical?

  • Dr Louise Fleming, Clinical Lead for Severe Asthma, Royal Brompton, London

10:10 – 10:40

Environmental allergies as asthma triggers and drivers

  • Dr Martin Smith, Evelina Severe Asthma Lead at Evelina London, St Thomas’ Hospital, London

10:40 – 11:10

Coffee break

Pollution Risks in Asthma

Session 2 Chair: Dr Andrés Almario

11:10 – 11:40

Pollution driving asthma

  • Dr Norrice Liu, Academic Clinical Lecturer, Paediatric Respiratory Grid Registrar, Queen Mary University of London

11:40 – 12:10

 Vaping and asthma: What do we know?

  • Professor Michael Ussher, Professor of Behavioural Psychology, St George’s and Stirling University

12:10 – 13:10


Managing Barriers in Practice

Session 3 Chair: Dr Martin Smith

13:10 – 13:40

Adolescent asthma care

  • Dr Alexandra Nanzer, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Guy’s Severe Asthma Centre, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

13:40 – 14:10

Inequalities and asthma

  • Dr Llinos Jones, Consultant respiratory physician, Mid Yorkshire Trust and Yorkshire and Humber Partners Academic Health Science Network

14:10 – 14:40

Optimising adherence in asthma / adolescence session

  • Rob Horne, Professor of Behavioural Medicine, Director, Centre for Behavioural Medicine, UCL School of Pharmacy, University College London

14:40 – 15:10

Coffee break

Difficult Asthma Services

Session 4 Chair: Professor David Jackson

15:10 – 15:40

Referral criteria and eligibility: Paeds and Adults services

  • Professor David Jackson, Professor of Respiratory Medicine, King’s College London and Consultant in Asthma and Eosinophilic Lung Diseases, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust Foundation Trust
  • Dr Martin Smith, Evelina Severe Asthma Lead at Evelina London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

15:40 – 16:10

Steroid stewardship

  • Louise Thomson, Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Severe Asthma Centre, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

16:10 – 16:20

Closing remarks

How to book

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This event has kindly been sponsored by:

The above companies have provided sponsorship towards the venue and catering costs of this event, and will be present with an exhibition stand. They have had no input or influence over the agenda, content or speakers.