COPD7USA Conference Information

Originally hosted in Europe on even-years, the European-held COPD Conference series for researchers and healthcare professionals is coming to the U.S. for the first time. The COPD Foundation is hosting the COPD7USA Conference, named after the COPD7 Conference held last summer in the U.K., which will continue to meet in the states on alternating years.

Below, you’ll find information about the conference history and how you can participate.

Conference History

COPD7USA is the first installment in a series of biannual conferences modeled after the successful COPD Conference Series held in Europe for the past 14 years. Founded by international experts, Professors Robert Stockley and Sue Hill, the COPD Conference Series has helped thousands of clinicians and researchers improve the care of their patients living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease worldwide. Unlike other COPD conferences that focus solely on the scientific and research aspects of COPD, the European COPD Conference Series is designed to provide practical information for clinical management as well as the latest in clinical and basic research.

There has been discussion for many years about the need for a similar conference in the U.S. and the COPD Foundation is pleased to host the first in the U.S. series. We expect that the Conference will result in immediate and positive changes in the way we as a nation treat this disease. The COPD Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with COPD and COPD7USA will reflect this commitment. The COPD conference series is already essential to medical education in Europe and we are confident that the first U.S conference will prove to be vital for continuing medical education in the nation.

Conjoining Conference

The COPD Foundation is pleased to be partnering with the U.S. COPD Coalition to hold COPD7USA in conjunction with the Second National COPD Conference, which convenes on December 2nd and 3rd, 2011.

This partnership allows health care providers attending COPD7USA an opportunity to connect to the broader COPD advocacy community through a joint session, breaks and meals. While both conferences seek to educate, empower, and engage attendees, each audience will bring unique perspectives and reflections to the gathered COPD community.

COPD7USA will begin with a joint session of both conferences with presentations from elected and regulatory officials, COPD experts, individuals with COPD and partners in the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. The joint session is intended to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of the issues associated with COPD, allowing us to move forward together as a unified community.

Attendees of COPD7USA were invited to participate in the Dr. Thomas L. Petty Memorial Reception at 6PM on December 2nd. The reception honors one of the great pioneers in respiratory medicine whose contributions to the COPD community are immeasurable. The reception will feature abstract poster presentations and community tributes to Dr. Petty. .


COPD7USA is a multi-disciplinary CME conference for healthcare professionals that will provide important knowledge no matter what your role is in the healthcare provider team. The program is designed for primary care physicians, pulmonologists, advanced and registered nurses, physician assistants and respiratory therapists who are involved and/or interested in the management of individuals with COPD.

Conference Objectives

The Conference’s overall objective is to improve the care of individuals with COPD. Attendees will participate in active learning experiences that will achieve the following objectives:

  • Recognize the extent of the COPD epidemic worldwide
  • Describe the influence of smoking, environment and genetic make-up on COPD
  • Explain the diagnostic tools and protocol for COPD
  • Explain the delivery of interventional therapies
  • Identify the co-morbidities associated with COPD
  • Evaluate the role of pulmonary rehabilitation and exercise
  • Summarize the importance of addressing medication adherence with patients
  • Interpret the latest research in COPD

Date and Location

The COPD7USA Conference was a two-day event on December 3rd and 4th, 2011. The event will take place in conjunction with the Second National COPD Conference at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. The hotel information is as follows:

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: (703) 920-3230
Fax: (703) 271-5131


The following are the registration fees for attending the COPD7USA Conference. The registration deadline is November 25th, 2011.

  • Guest $75
  • Early Bird Physician $195
  • Early Bird Allied Health $100
  • Regular Physician $225
  • Regular Allied Health $125
  • Allied Health in Training $55
  • Physician in Training $75
  • Dr. Thomas L. Petty Memorial Reception Only $75

In order to receive the discounted early bird registration rate you must register by August 30th, 2011. Participants who wish to register after November 25th, 2011 must contact Aimee Bulthuis at 866-731-2673 ext. 459 to check space availability. (Please note: conference materials cannot be guaranteed unless pre-registered by November 25th, 2011.)

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be submitted in writing either by mail, email, or fax to the COPD Foundation. Cancellations made before or on November 10th, 2011 will be charged a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after this date.

Executive Committee

The COPD7USA Conference has been coordinated with the help of experts in the field volunteering for the Executive Committee. The members of the committee are as follows:

  • James Crapo, MD, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO
  • David Mannino, MD, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • Jane Martin, RRT, Breathing Better Living Well, Holland, MI
  • Stephen Rennard, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  • Byron Thomashow, MD-Columbia University, NY Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
  • Gerard Turino, MD-St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University, New York, NY

Accreditation Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education and COPD Foundation.

This live activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Continuing education contact hours for respiratory therapists will be applied for through the American Association for Respiratory Care.

Disclosure Declaration

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is provided for 14.75 contact hours under ANCC criteria.

This program has been approved for 14.75 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd, Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063. Course #213586000.