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  1. Larson, Erin Murphy

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Kansas City, here we come! The AACVPR 18th Annual Meeting will take place October 16-19, 2003, in Kansas City, Missouri. This national event fosters AACVPR's main goals: improving clinical practice, promoting scientific inquiry, and advancing education for the benefit of healthcare professionals and the public. The meeting offers a wide variety of topics representing the diverse interests of practitioners in our field concerning the scientific principles, latest advances, and newest challenges impacting rehabilitation. Some of the world's foremost cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation professionals will gather to share their experience in both structured sessions and informal conversations on science, practice, reimbursement, leadership, program certification, lobbying, and other topics.

 

Opening Keynote Lecture: Can We Afford Not to be Physically Active in Order to Prevent Chronic Diseases?

Frank W. Booth, BS, PhD, University of Missouri

 

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The prevalence of chronic disorders has increased in a remarkably short period when measured by evolutionary scale, due in large part to overall physical inactivity. This session presents a hypothesis that genes evolved to support a physically active lifestyle, and that these "physical activity" genes are negatively altered in periods of physical inactivity. Biological explanations exist to connect physical inactivity to disease, and this session proposes that exercise biologists do not study "the effect of physical activity" but "the effect of reintroducing exercise into an unhealthy sedentary population that is genetically programmed to expect physical activity."

 

Keynote Lecture: Smoking Cessation-An Innovative Medical Approach

Stephen I. Rennard, MD, University of Nebraska

 

Professor Rennard maintains an active program of clinical investigation in COPD and smoking cessation. He is also the Director of the Nebraska Office of Tobacco Control and Research. As an active member of several professional societies, he has in-depth insight into the basic research in the mechanisms of lung tissue repair and remodeling. His presentation will describe the many facets of nicotine addiction, identify novel therapeutic approaches, and discuss the most current behavioral and pharmacologic treatment strategies.

 

Keynote Lecture: Test Your Lungs, Know Your Numbers: The Early Detection of COPD

Loni Anderson, Actress and COPD Activist and Dennis E. Doherty, MD, University of Kentucky

 

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Actress Loni Anderson's parents both suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and died from cancers resulting from the smoking-relating illness. For the past several years, Loni has been teamed with Dr. Dennis Doherty, a world-renown COPD researcher of COPD, and travels the country to raise the public's awareness for COPD. Best known for her television work on "WKRP in Cincinnati", Anderson shares her personal story and the hardship the disease brought into her life. Dr. Doherty, professor of medicine and chief of the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center and the Lexington Veterans Administration, will discuss the signs and symptoms of COPD, and how medical experts can recognize this disease in its early stages.

 

Closing Keynote Lecture: Thriving with Heart Disease: You Do Make a Difference

Wayne M. Sotile, PhD, Wake Forest University

 

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Dr. Sotile, AACVPR Fellow, teaches a new paradigm for understanding and managing the psychosocial consequences of cardiopulmonary disease. Based on his best-selling book Thriving with Heart Disease, which is changing the face of cardiac care, this presentation pinpoints what patients need to learn in order to thrive. After this session, participants will be able to describe and utilize at least six brief, research-based interventions that help to shape resilience in recovering cardiopulmonary patients. He will provide solutions that can be incorporated into the routine delivery of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.

 

To enhance the overall educational value of this event, the AACVPR will host two Pre Meeting Workshops on the morning of October 16:The Art & Science of Peripheral Arterial Disease Rehabilitation and Take a Load off Your Heart: An Innovative Approach to Lifestyle Change & Cardiovascular Risk Reduction. In addition to the many cutting-edge lectures and poster presentations, the AACVPR Annual Meeting Exhibitor Showcase provides a sneak peek at innovative products, services, and equipment that assist in enhancing our practices.

 

For complete conference information, please contact the AACVPR Headquarters office by phone at 312-321-5146 or via e-mail aacvpr@sba.com, or visit the Web site http://www.aacvpr.org.