22 – 25 AUGUST 2017


Important Dates

Opening date for abstract submissions: 

1st February 2017



Closing date for abstract submissions:

9th June 2017



Early Bird Registrations and payments close: 

19th June 2017 (Please note, you will automatically be transferred to the late registration after this date)




Dear Colleagues,


On behalf of The South African Thoracic Society I would like to welcome you to the 19th National Congress taking place at the world class Century City Conference Centre from 22 – 25 August 2017.

The theme for 2017’s congress is "Innovation for Respiratory Solutions".

The congress will comprise of 3 parallel tracks including adult pulmonology, paediatric pulmonology, and thoracic/cardiothoracic surgery. We welcome many internationally renowned experts including Professor Ian Pavord, Head of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Oxford, Prof Gavin Churchyard, Group CEO, Aurum Institute, Prof Robalo Cordeiro, European Respiratory Society , Prof Andrew Jones, Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, University Hospital South Manchester, and Prof Kris de Boeck, Head of the Paediatric Pulmonary and Infectious Diseases program at the University Hospital in Leuven, Belgium.

The congress will also have a strong emphasis on local research and several experts from South Africa will cover various aspects of pulmonary disease.

A thought-provoking programme is planned with plenary sessions devoted to the existing crises in pulmonary medicine including closing down of academic centres and units, limited number of training posts, funding constraints for research and training, and challenges facing those in private practice.

Other sessions will cover a number of “bread and butter” aspects of pulmonary and thoracic medicine in both adults and children including asthma, COPD, sleep disorders, pulmonary infections, tuberculosis, pulmonary vascular diseases, pulmonary malignancy, interstitial lung disease, and pleural diseases. Newer and novel aspects of pulmonology including electronic cigarettes, new combination inhalers, new drugs and diagnostics for TB, new drugs for interstitial lung disease, and newer agents for pulmonary vascular and thromboembolic diseases, amongst other topics, will be covered. New techniques and technologies such as medical lung volume reduction surgery and bronchial thermoplasty will also be reviewed.

Not to be missed pre-conference workshops will take place on 22 August 2017. The Cystic Fibrosis Symposium and Paediatric Lung Function Workshop will held onsite at the congress venue, and the interactive Bronchoscopy workshop will be held at Tygerberg Hospital.

An exciting gala dinner has been planned, which all delegates are invited to attend. This dinner will culminate with an awards ceremony to highlight special achievements made during the past year. The congress exhibition is not to be missed with many industry partners attending, and there will be some interesting activities including wine tasting and test driving of exotic cars. We invite out of town attendees to extend their stay in the Mother City into the weekend to enjoy a weekend of sightseeing and leisure activities

I wish to extend a warm welcome to delegates from the public and the private sectors, and to all our exhibitors and sponsors, to this exciting and iconic congress.

See you In August!

Professor Keertan Dheda




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