Liverpool snares lung conference

An international five-day conference on lung disease will generate £7.8m for Liverpool.

ACC Liverpool is the venue for the 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health in 2016.

The event is the annual international conference for researchers, health programme managers, policy experts, advocates and leaders working to address tuberculosis, lung health and other global health issues primarily affecting people living in poverty.

The conference, will take place at the waterfront venue from 25-29 October 2016 and will attract more than 3,000 speakers, researchers and delegates from 125 countries.

The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, based in Paris has a global network of 500 experts based in 13 offices and 17,000 union members/subscribers, whose work in 156 countries has been supported by US$ 540 million (£347m) in grants and donations.

José Luis Castro, executive director, said: “One and a half million people died from TB in 2013, yet it is a treatable and curable disease. It is a disease that affects all parts of the world, and is in fact still a public health problem even in the UK and similar countries.

“The World Conference is a critical opportunity for all those working on TB and other lung health issues to come together. I am delighted that the conference will be in Liverpool, where we have received such a warm welcome and where such great work in our field is taking place. ”

Joe Anderson, mayor of Liverpool, said: “It is a huge coup for Liverpool to secure this international conference. It puts the city in the spotlight as a global leader in this field and will also provide a welcome economic boost due to the large number of delegates coming to the city.”

 

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