Trainees & senior researchers participate in CanCOLD scientific meeting at the 2022 CRRN conference

Editorial in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine written by Peter Calverley highlights CanCOLD’s contribution to COPD research.

The Canadian Respiratory Research Network (CRRN) is a national network that brings together researchers across disciplines and research themes/pillars to work together in a coordinated fashion in order to improve understanding of the origins and progression of chronic airway diseases in Canada. Among its research platforms, CanCOLD stands out, focusing intently on unraveling the complexities of COPD progression and its impact. This dedicated platform is committed to not only deepening our comprehension of COPD but also advancing its prevention, diagnosis, and management. The platform not only fosters cutting-edge research but also provides invaluable training and career development prospects for the researchers involved.

The latest edition of the CRRN conference was held at the Westin Ottawa Hotel in Fall 2022. During the last day of CRRN’s two-day annual symposium, CanCOLD took center stage to showcase its research accomplishments. Key published manuscripts and works in progress were discussed in a group of over 40 investigators and research trainees from across Canada. Themes ranging from COPD biomarkers, genetics, and epigenetics to physiology, pathophysiology, and imaging were central to the exchange. The symposium also delved into the topic of disease characterization and discussed strategies to promote cohort retention and to sustain the study’s longevity.

During the discussion, CanCOLD reinforced its vision of providing a rich resource and data platform to initiate innovative research on COPD in Canada and abroad. The symposium provided an opportunity for emerging researchers to spotlight their work and engage in insightful conversations with their peers from across Canada.