The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that the PCRS Respiratory Conference 2020 will be held online. The conference will be delivered to delegates in their own homes or workplaces using some clever virtual events software. The programme is looking incredibly well organised and will be an exciting mix of high calibre speakers with Q&A and group breakout sessions still an important part of the conference. Research at the conference this year will comprise a session to highlight the prize winners, a research round-up and an interactive researcher session.
Research at the conference this year will take a number of forms including a session by Luke Daines, an experienced researcher and GP based in Scotland, who will introduce the oral presentation by the winner of the best research abstract and then discuss the key messages of the three best posters (best research poster, best poster for involvement of patients and best service development poster). All authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit posters which will be displayed online as part of the virtual conference and abstracts will be published in a special edition of PCRU. Also, PCRS Members are eligible for a 50% discount on the APC if their paper is accepted by npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine.
Another feature of the research program will be Steve Holmes who will do a journal round up highlighting relevant research in the past year. Additionally, there will be an interactive session arranged for researchers with various presentations and opportunities for Q&A (more details to follow).
The deadline for abstract submission is fast approaching - 30th June 2020 - so don’t delay in submitting yours! We welcome research from across the spectrum, from systematic reviews and database studies through to clinical trials and implementation studies. Abstracts on work in progress and study protocols are also welcome - providing an opportunity to receive feedback which can still impact the direction of a study.