00. Welcome and Introduction

Enric Banda, Director of Science, Research and Environment, “la Caixa” Foundation

Montserrat Vendrell, CEO, Biocat

Àlvar Agustí, President, Barcelona Respiratory Network

Jacob Sznajder, AJRCCM, Chicago, USA

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Prof. Alvar Agustí is currently Director of the Thorax Institute at Hospital Clinic in Barcelona (www.hospitalclinic.org), Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Barcelona and Scientific Director of the National Spanish Network for Respiratory Research (www.ciberes.org). His main research interests include COPD and sleep disorders. He has published more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals (H-Index 55) and has over 40 contributions to books. He is regularly invited to speak at international conferences and symposia. He is a member of several professional societies, including the American Thoracic Society, and the European Respiratory Society (ERS), in which he has been a Member of its Executive Committee. He has a sit at the Royal Academy of Medicine of the Balearic Islands, he is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (UK) and an Associated Editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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