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CSI Seminar: Dr Surinder Birring

24/09/2015 (16:30-17:30)


Location: Dinwoodie Lecture Theatre, Cicely Saunders Institute, Denmark Hill Campus

Non-pharmacological interventions for refractory chronic cough patients

Speaker: Dr Surinder Birring

About the speaker: Dr Surinder Birring is a consultant respiratory physician at King’s College and Guy’s Hospitals and he leads specialist clinics for cough and sarcoidosis.  His research interests are the assessment, pathogenesis and treatment of cough and the development of patient-reported outcome measures for chronic lung disorders. Dr Birring and his colleagues have developed the Leicester Cough Monitor and the Leicester Cough (LCQ), King’s Brief ILD (KBILD), King’s Sarcoidosis (KSQ), Cough Hypersensitivity (CHQ) and Bronchiectasis Health (BHQ) questionnaires. Dr Birring was awarded a British Lung Foundation Fellowship in 2001 to investigate the pathogenesis of idiopathic chronic cough. In 2006 he undertook a visiting senior fellowship at the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Concord Hospital, Sydney, Australia. He has contributed to British Thoracic Society, European Respiratory Society and American College of Chest Physicians cough guidelines. He is currently chief investigator of several multi-centre clinical trials of antitussive therapies. 

Abstract: Dr Birring will present a review of non-pharmacological interventions that can be used to treat refractory chronic cough. This includes recent evidence from randomised controlled trials. He will also discuss the assessment of cough from the patient’s perspective using health status questionnaires. 

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