Here be Lungs

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The Divisions of Pulmonology & Neonatology of the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital have the pleasure in announcing the Here be Lungs 8th Conference titled “Here be Lungs”.

Due to the devastating fire at the Lanzerac Hotel, the venue for this conference has changed to Spier Wine farm in 2018.

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.  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. International speakers include Profs Andrew Bush, Petr Pohunek, Fabio Midulla, Ernst Eber, Heather Zar and Boris Kramer.

The conference is preceded by a bronchoscopy workshop on the 6th March.

Against the backdrop of the beautiful Winelands, the academic program is aimed at a wide range of subjects, including: antenatal diagnosis, approach to neonatal lung conditions and persistent pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung diseases,  congenital lung disease, cystic fibrosis, asthma and the wheezing infant, airway management, bronchoscopy, lung surgery, lung biopsy,  interaction between the lung and the heart , interpreting chest x-rays, indications for chest CT and / or MR scans young children, ultrasound of the chest ethical dilemmas, unusual lung infections, chest wall deformities, viral infections, lung function, respiratory support for the sick child and lung malignancies.

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

Our Speakers

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

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

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

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

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

Senior Specialist in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Tygerberg Hospital (University of Stellenbosch) from 2003 to present Clinical Fellowship in Congenital Cardiac Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 2005. Clinical Fellowship in Adult Cardiac Surgery at Toronto General Hospital in 2004. Special interest in Mitral &aortic valve repair, Thoracic and cardiac surgery in children.
Dr Jacques Janson

University of Stellenbosch

ENT Specialist
Dr Marc Merven

Tygerberg Children's Hospital

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

Head of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health and Director of the Division of Paediatric Pulmonology at Red Cross Childrens Hospital at the University of Cape Town. As a clinician scientist, her work encompasses clinical responsibilities, administration, research, education and training. After she specialised as a paediatrician and then as a paediatric pulmonologist, she completed a PhD at UCT on respiratory illness in HIV-infected children.
Prof Heather Zar

Red Cross Childrens Hospital


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