Members of the U-BIOPRED project attended the annual congress of the European Respiratory Society in Vienna last week, with 8 meetings held across the project and a stand in the world village where over 250 copies of the project update booklet were handed out.
The project update booklet is available to download and contains a summary of the project's progress, as well as related abstracts and resources.
A good number of the scientists present came to see how the project is progressing, including people from ATS, industrial partners and academic institutions.
During the meetings a number of important decisions were made and information given, including:
- an agreement to adjust the recruitment period of key cohorts (including adult smoking, and pre-school children) to allow as full a dataset as possible to be obtained
- the analysis strategy and workplan were progressed, with the agreement of a pathway to begin generating outputs from the project
- consideration of research questions with clinician and scientific leads informing this step into the analysis phase. Their input in revisiting the hypothesis and principles of this unbiased biomarker study is crucial in directing those researchers that will be conducting the analysis of the U-BIOPRED patient data.
- in WP6 four papers for publication were identified, and these will be released over the coming two years
- WP9/10 agreement to explore opportunities for further patient involvement in dissemination and feedback
The project has been able to use the opportunity provided by ERS Congress to improve the strategic overview and take firm steps in planning and tasking for the coming forth year of the project.
Including those involved in the Patient Input Platform, and the people from the Safety Monitoring Board and Strategic Advisory Board is important in taking the project's progress to date forward. Meeting face to face at ERS is crucial to firming up ties both within and between workpackages and to planning further integration into the project's scientific activities.