Course leader presentation: Anna-Carin Olin
22nd – 24th of October 2019, Säröhus, Särö, Sweden
What is your background?
I am a physician and professor specialized in Occupational and Environmental Medicine as well as Allergology. I have worked for 25 years at the Dept of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Sahlgrenska University Hospital.
My research is focused on small airways, and methods to assess adverse effects of exposure, both at work and in the environment. I head a research group, and we jointly developed the PExA method to non-invasively retrieve samples from lining fluid in small airways.
Why do you think occupational respiratory diseases is an important and current issue to discuss in 2019?
Respiratory diseases due to occupational exposures are still much too common, and can be prevented if harmful exposures decrease and early pathological changes are detected in due time.
New chemical exposures are common where we know nothing about their respiratory health risks, and traditional exposures, like hose to dusty environments, are still a major health issue in many work-environments.
What would you like to say to the participants of the course?
We hope to bring together leading expertise in occupational lung disease with experiences from different parts of the world, and learn from the latest results in occupational respiratory research.
We will combine that with discussions on clinical matters, with case-presentations from participants and faculty, and good medical practice. We hope the course will be inspiring and help us to meet future challenges, both as researchers, but also in our clinical daily routine.