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BMC Proc. 2016 Nov 29;10(Suppl 9):66. doi: 10.1186/s12919-016-0067-0. eCollection 2016.

Proceedings of the COST action BM1407 inaugural conference BEAT-PCD: translational research in primary ciliary dyskinesia - bench, bedside, and population perspectives.

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Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Centre, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, UK.
University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine, Academic Unit of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Southampton, UK.
Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Centre, Department of Paediatrics, Royal Brompton and Harefield Foundation Trust, London, UK.
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.
Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Children's University Hospital of Bern, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.
Cyprus International Institute for Environmental & Public Health, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus.
Danish PCD & chILD Centre, CF Centre Copenhagen, Paediatric Pulmonary Service, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Denmark.
MRC Harwell, Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire, UK.
Department of Paediatric Pulmonology, University Children's Hospital Basel (UKBB), Basel, Switzerland.
Department of Paediatric Pneumology, Allergology and Neonatology, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany.
Biomedical Research in Endstage and Obstructive Lung Disease Hannover (BREATH), Member of the German Center for Lung Research, Hannover, Germany.
Faculty of Medicine Mail Point 803, University Hospital Southampton, Southampton, SO16 6YD UK.
Contributed equally


Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is a rare heterogenous condition that causes progressive suppurative lung disease, chronic rhinosinusitis, chronic otitis media, infertility and abnormal situs. 'Better Experimental Approaches to Treat Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia' (BEAT-PCD) is a network of scientists and clinicians coordinating research from basic science through to clinical care with the intention of developing treatments and diagnostics that lead to improved long-term outcomes for patients. BEAT-PCD activities are supported by EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020 funded COST Action (BM1407). The Inaugural Conference of BEAT-PCD was held in December 2015 in Southampton, UK. The conference attracted ninety-six scientists, clinicians, allied health professionals, industrial partners and patient representatives from twenty countries. We aimed to identify the needs for PCD research and clinical care, particularly focussing on basic science, epidemiology, diagnostic testing, clinical management and clinical trials. The multidisciplinary conference provided an interactive platform for exchanging ideas through a program of lectures, poster presentations, breakout sessions and workshops. This allowed us to develop plans for collaborative studies. In this report, we summarize the meeting, highlight developments, and discuss open questions thereby documenting ongoing developments in the field of PCD research.

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