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The Divisions of Pulmonology & Neonatology of the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital have the pleasure in announcing the Here be Lungs 10th Conference.

24th November 2021 • Bronchoscopy, Ultrasound & High Flow Oxygen Workshop   |   25th – 26th November 2021 • 10th Annual Conference

The Divisions of Pulmonology & Neonatology of the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital have pleasure in announcing the 10th conference titled “A decade of Here be Lungs”.

The number 10 implies responsibility. The COVID-19 global pandemic caused a human tragedy. It left in its wake, lost lives, broken families, scarred communities and wrecked economies, and highlighted the importance of personal and social responsibility, and that our own health is in our own hands.

Many lives have been lost and millions around the world have suffered ill health. Vulnerability has taken on new meaning in previously robust contexts and countries. South Africa has experienced a second wave of infection since December 2020 and is now operating with restrictions again.

Consequently, the Organizing Committee has had no choice but to further postpone the conference to 25-26 November 2021.  The organizers therefore dedicate the 10th Here be Lungs Conference to the memory of those who died during the pandemic.

“Here be lungs” as in “Here be dragons” is a reference to the situation sailors of old found themselves in when they sailed off into the unknown, the uncharted waters.  Ironically, in Chinese, ‘lung’ means ‘dragon’ and the lung in Chinese medicine is the boundary between the inner and outer world. The lung is the whole respiratory system and has to do with boundary, breath and renewal and across this boundary vital materials are taken in and waste materials excreted.

The aim of this conference is to navigate newly described and insufficiently explored neonatal, infant and childhood lung conditions as well as cardiac and pediatric intensive care related lung conditions through state-of-the-art lectures in the respective fields. The subject of COVID-19 will be extensively covered.  Regular international speakers include Profs Andrew Bush, Petr Pohunek, Ernst Eber, Fabio Midulla and Savvas Andronikou. For 2021, we also welcome Prof Bruce Rubin and Boris Kramer to the team of international experts.

The conference is preceded by an ultrasound and bronchoscopy workshop, as well as an Oxygen High Flow Workshop on 24 November 2021. 

Against the backdrop of the majestic Table mountain and beautiful Cape Town waterfront, the academic program focuses on a wide range of subjects, ranging from antenatal diagnosis and congenital lung disease, interstitial lung diseases, cystic fibrosis, asthma and the wheezing infant, to interventions (airway management, bronchoscopy, lung surgery, lung biopsy) and imaging (interpreting chest x-rays, chest CT and / or MR scans, ultrasound of the chest), ethical dilemmas, unusual lung infections, including viral infections (with special reference to COVID-19 ARDS), lung function, and respiratory support of the sick child.

We invite you to exhibit or to join us in what promises to be a superb scientific program. Take in views of the beautiful waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the private marina from the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in Cape Town. This seaside hotel is close to the city center, as well as all the big cultural offerings. The striking ocean views set the stage for a memorable stay in Cape Town. Wake to the sound of gentle waves breaking on the shore before embarking on a day of exploration.

With warm regards from the organizing committee – Johan Smith & Pierre Goussard

Our Speakers

Head of Pulmonology in the Department of Paediatrics & Child Health at the Stellenbosch University and the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital
Prof Pierre Goussard

Tygerberg Children’s Hospital

Clinical Head of the NICU and Level III Neonatal Services in the Department of Paediatrics & Child Health at the Stellenbosch University and the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital. Interested in the design and development of novel synthetic lung surfactants. Neonatal resuscitation project, titled: Characterization of neonatal thoracic properties during ventilated cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Prof Johan Smith

Tygerberg Children's Hospital

Professor Mariana Kruger is a paediatric oncologist and ethicist. She is currently a full professor and executive head of the department of Paediatrics and Child Health at Tygerberg hospital, University of Stellenbosch, as well as a founder member and co-principal director of South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI) UKZN, funded by Fogarty International, NIH, USA since it’s inception in 2003.
Prof Mariana Kruger

Tygerberg Children's Hospital

MD FHEA FRCP FRCPCH FERS FAPSR ATSF Professor of Paediatrics and Head of Section (Paediatrics), Imperial College Professor of Paediatric Respirology, National Heart and Lung Institute Consultant Paediatric Chest Physician, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
Prof Andrew Bush

United Kingdom

Professor of Paediatrics, Head, Division of Paediatric Respiratory Diseases, Paediatric Department, 2nd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Prof Petr Pohunek

Czech Republic

Professor of Pediatrics and Head of the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergology of the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. American Thoracic Society Fellow (ATSF) and Fellow of the European Respiratory Society (FERS).
Prof Ernst Eber

Head of Pediatric Pulmonology & Allergology

Associate Professor of Paediatrics. Head of Paediatric Emergency. Department of Paediatrics, Policlinc Umberto I, “Sapienza” University of Rome. Past Head of the Paediatric Assembly of the European Respiratory Society
Prof Fabio Midulla

Associate Professor of Paediatrics

Microbiome in NEC and BPD, stem cell therapy, development of lung, gut, brain and immune system after preterm birth. Supervision of 25 completed PhDs, 325 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, 7 reviews in textbooks.
Prof Boris Kramer

Pediatric radiologist and full professor at both the University of Bristol (UK) and the University of Cape Town (South Africa). His focus areas for research are brain and chest imaging of children with TB and HIV, as well as education and training of radiologists and non-radiologists in image interpretation on the African continent. He also provides specialized pediatric medical imaging services and medico-legal opinion through his own company Spot Light Imaging.
Prof. Savvas Andronikou

University of Bristol & Cape Town


We thank our participating companies for their support of this venture.