World COPD Day: it’s not too late…. Or is it?
On the 28th of November 2013, the European COPD Coalition (ECC) and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Association (EFA) celebrated World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day 2013 together. The conference held under the auspices of the Lithuanian EU Presidency discussed the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – Horizon 2020, and standards of care for COPD, with a patient’s perspective. The conference offered free spirometry test to assess participants lung capacity. The event report is now available.
COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. COPD is a long-term lung and airways disease that is not curable. 
Session 1: Is Horizon 2020 fit to accommodate disease specific research? Is it too late to make it fit for disease purpose?
In the first session, the difference between FP7 and Horizon2020 was highlighted with the goal to inform the audience that, despite the changes, seeking funds for a single disease, taking COPD as an example, is not impossible. Another goal of this part of the programme was to raise awareness on the added value of patient involvement in research projects.
Session 2: What is the best care for COPD and how can research improve standards of care for COPD?
This session aimed to identify and share best practices, raise awareness of current deficiencies in care, inform stakeholders (such as policymakers and healthcare professionals) of patient needs and encourage prompt actions for changes in COPD care and research
Session 3: Patients working with academia and policy makers to inform Research
The final session of the day focused on the issue of how patient involvement has occurred in EU research and research policymaking as well as how it can improve in the future so patients can influence topics which may directly affect their quality of life thus enabling research based on needs.
The event was to mark World COPD Day, which is an annual awareness-raising event organized and sponsored by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD).
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 COPD causes wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms. It also creates damages in the tiny air sacs at the tips of the airways. This makes it hard to move air in and out of the lungs. COPD is a chronic disease that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.