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Asthma: New Discoveries and Therapies in the Age of COVID

December 1-2, 2020 | 10:00AM EDT | 2:00PM UTC | 4:00PM CEST*
*Program is subject to change

Asthma and related diseases in the form of COPD and asthma-COPD are a remarkably common, affecting over 50 million patients in the US alone. Moreover, this disease spectrum overlaps with inflammatory lung disease driven by respiratory viral infection, including COVID-19. In the case of asthma, the pathology is thought to arise from an aberrant type 2 immune response, but the cellular and molecular mechanisms of this response require more precise definition, including any contribution from non-type 2 immune mechanisms. Clinical trials based on these concepts have revealed both successes and also some unforeseen failures that need to be addressed and included in the framework of respiratory viruses in general and SARS-CoV-2 in particular. This Keystone Symposia conference on asthma will highlight the most recent basic science breakthroughs in the pathogenesis of asthma and related inflammatory airway diseases and focus on the development of new therapeutics for asthma and related progressive respiratory disease. In addition, the program will review these discoveries in the context of new therapeutic directions, including the context of emerging information about COVID-19. The program has been designed to emphasize to identify, validate, and translate new disease targets into new therapeutics. The topic is timely and urgent given the recent mechanistic insights into inflammatory airway disease, the current maturation of new biological therapies for this type of disease, and the overlap of this information with progressive lung disease after respiratory viral infections, including COVID-19.


Regular Registration Rate: $275 USD
Student Registration Rate: $150 USD


Abstract Submission
for Short Talk Consideration:
November 3, 2020
ePoster Abstract Submission: November 17, 2020
Financial Aid Application: November 17, 2020


Financial Aid Opportunities

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as individuals from low- and middle- income countries (all career stages) working in science and medicine related fields, are eligible to apply for a FREE registration code.

Find out more about financial aid opportunities here!

Call For Abstracts

Showcase your work to global audiences on the eSymposia platform!

Submit your abstract for the opportunity to be selected for a short talk presentation alongside field leaders on the meeting program! See Abstract Deadline for Short Talk Consideration

ePoster presenters will be provided with their own dedicated page on the event website to display their work in multiple formats and interact with meeting participants. ePoster features include:

  • Abstract
  • Poster PDF for download
  • SciTalk – up to 5 minute video presentation, available on-demand
  • Live chat function to answer audience questions in real-time
  • Contact information for private follow-up discussion

To submit your work for an ePoster presentation, and to be considered for short talk selection, go to the “Submit an Abstract” tab on the event homepage.

Program Details

Karen Affleck

GlaxoSmithKline, UK

Rafeul Alam

National Jewish Health, USA

Joseph R. Arron

Genentech Inc., USA

Nora A. Barrett

Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA

Maria Belvisi

Imperial College London, UK

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Additional Support


Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1 R13 HL152474-01 from the National Institutes of Health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Media-in-Kind Support

The views expressed in this eSymposia are those of the participants and not necessarily of the participants’ organizations or of Keystone Symposia.

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