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QPS Respiratory & Allergy News - February, 2014

Updates on Current Projects

During the first two months of 2014, we have been able to randomize several asthmatic subjects in a large biomarker study testing an innovative drug in a rhinovirus exacerbation model. In this prestigious project, Drs. Tjeert Mensinga and Zuzana Diamant (Investigators), Maaike Hogewoning, Manja Horstman, Alfa de Bruijn (Research Nurses/Pulmonary Function Technicians) and Daniel Prins (Project Manager) continue working with other (inter)national Centers of Excellence.


The QPS Respiratory Team

Within the next two months, we will start a combined Phase I study in healthy volunteers and in patients with asthma or mastocytosis. In this study, various formulations of an anti-allergic drug will be tested in close collaboration with the Department of Allergology of the University Medical Center Groningen (Prof. Jan De Monchy and Dr. Hanneke Oude-Elberink).

In parallel, we are preparing to start a Phase II study testing a new biological in the allergen challenge model using several biomarkers. To this end, we will join forces with our collaborating partners at the Lund University Hospital, department of ENT and Respiratory Medicine & Allergology, Lund, Sweden.

Bridging Clinical Research and Scientific Collaborations

Professor Zuzana Diamant has joined the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) Asthma Section (Chairman: Professor Leif Bjermer).  The Asthma Section has several missions: to spread knowledge by organizing summer schools and the 2nd International Severe Asthma Forum (ISAF; Athens, 13 - 15 November 2014), where young researchers can interact with established scientists; and to initiate new task forces on important aspects of asthma. On behalf of the Chairs, the co-chair of the program committee, Zuzana Diamant, is now inviting researchers to visit the ISAF 2014 website ( to submit abstracts to this highly interactive event.

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Meet us

April 9 - 10, 2014: Lund Respiratory Network (LURN) meeting, Ystad, Sweden

May 17 - 21, 2014: American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference, San Diego, CA, USA

June 7 - 11, 2014: EAACI Congress Kopenhagen, Denmark

September 6 - 10, 2014: European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress, Munich, Germany

November 13 - 15, 2014: ISAF, Athens, Greece

Read our recent publications

Current evidence and future research needs for FeNO measurement in respiratory diseases 
Bjermer L, Alving K, Diamant Z, Magnussen H, Pavord I, Piacentini G, Price D, Roche N, Sastre J, Thomas M, Usmani O
Respiratory  Medicine (2014), forthcoming in print

Disease models of chronic inflammatory airway disease: applications & requirements for clinical trials 
Diamant Z, Clarke GW, Pieterse H, Gispert J
Current Opinionin Pulmonary Medicine (2014)

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