“Emphysema and COPD are irreversible untreatable diseases, and it is your fault. Just stop smoking.”
For a disease that affects 20% of the population and is now the third highest cause of death (and the only major cause that is increasing), that is an unacceptable view that is held by many in the medical profession.
The cost to person and public purse is beyond thinking.
This presentation challenges this view, and shows that over 30 years of research has re-shaped the way this disease and many like it such as bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, and late onset asthma – can be considered. The bottom line is that damaged airways become home to bacteria not usually there, and that a “second phase” to the disease that perpetuates the disease long after the initial cause such as smoking, has gone. The disease process becomes a struggle between the bacteria, intercurrent virus infection, and the way the body reacts to control colonisation of the damaged airways by bacteria. Indeed it is this host response that causes the damage, and this can be controlled by a very simple vaccine.
The presentation will show:
- novel ways that the airways are protected to ensure their function of gas exchange is not compromised, using “drop-in immunity on an as needed basis”
- why those with COPD have acute flares (which is what does the damage)
- how this knowledge translates into a simple safe and cheap vaccine, that improves day to day symptoms and reduces acute exacerbations and their sequelae such as admission into hospital.
Professor Clancy is a leading Australian clinical immunologist and a pioneer in the field of mucosal immunology. He developed the vaccine Broncostat at the University of Newcastle in 1985. The Broncostat vaccine reduces attacks of acute bronchitis to a degree of 90%. Professor Clancy has a B.Sc.Med (Hons), Sydney University, MB.BS (Hons) Sydney University, PhD, Monash University, Melbourne, FRACP (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians), FRCPA (Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australia). Professor Clancy is a member of the Order of Australia (AM).