Last year, RE-SAMPLE PhD students Charlotte Bucsán (MST, Enschede) and Sanne van Dijk (UT-HTSR, Enschede) joined the 13th Young Investigator Symposium (YIS) of the Netherlands Respiratory Society (NRS) in Amsterdam. The YIS was organised by the NRS Young Investigator Board, chaired by RE-SAMPLE’s clinical coordinator Anke Lenferink (UT-HTSR). The theme of the YIS was ‘Out of the box’.
Charlotte and Sanne participated in workshops led by experienced professionals in the field of pulmonary research, in which they presented their own research plans and ideas. They received feedback on their presentations from the workshop leaders and young investigator peers from many different research institutes in the Netherlands.
Charlotte presented the protocol of the RE-SAMPLE multicentre prospective observational cohort study. This cohort study will be performed in three clinical sites, MST in the Netherlands, Gemelli Hospital in Italy and Tartu Hospital in Estonia.The main objective is to identify relevant predictors for disease progression in COPD patients with comorbidities. The main focus of Charlotte’s research project is to conduct the cohort study at MST and to evaluate the collected data on clinical outcomes.
Sanne presented a protocol for a systematic review on diagnostic tools to distinguish exacerbated COPD from heart failure as a cause of breathlessness. She will summarise what has already been investigated in the field throughout the years, and take this as a starting point to further investigate the coexistence of COPD and heart failure.