A message from the International Society for Aerosols in Medicine.

ISAM Membership 

Please remember to update your ISAM membership! Visit the ISAM website ASAP to pay your dues. Renew to ensure uninterrupted access to member-only benefits such as full access to the Journal of Aerosol Medicine, the ISAM textbook or the slides from our webinar series. Remember to encourage your collaborators, students, and research scholars to renew or become an ISAM member!

Thank you for your continued support!

The ISAM Symposium has been Cancelled 

After thoughtful deliberations, the ISAM board has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 ISAM symposium set to take place on May 15 in Philadelphia, PA. The ISAM leadership has been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. Based on the latest guidance from public health officials, the travel bans implemented by different institutions and national emergency declared in the US a few days ago, it became clear to us that canceling was the right course of action.

We thank you for understanding the extreme difficulty of this decision and for your continued support to ISAM. The health and safety of our members and attendees are our top priority. We hope to see you at future events.

Save the Date: ISAM/ATS Preconference Session at ATS 2020

Based on the currently available information, the ATS leadership is still planning to hold its annual conference from May 15th – 20th, 2020 in Philadelphia, PA. The conference brings together industry members, clinicians and scientists for an exciting and diverse program. Over 6000 posters are presented throughout the conference dates, and while this is a great opportunity to get the word out on your research to the greater community, aerosol-related posters are often not presented within the same session. Therefore, ISAM, for the sixth year in a row, facilitates a preconference session at no additional cost to attendees. This year the session will be held on Saturday May16th, 2020 (time TBD). Note, this is in addition to, not instead of, showing your poster at ATS.

The session will be advertised in the ATS program and will be open to all attendees. However, we are limited to 30 posters in the room, and the session fills up. If you have not heard from Chantal already, please email a copy of your submitted abstract to Chantal Darquenne (cdarquenne@ucsd.edu) to be considered for inclusion in the program.

Please come and join us for this enjoyable session! This is a great opportunity to see your fellow ISAM colleagues and to network just prior to the ATS sessions starting. Please make your travel plans accordingly and see you in Philadelphia!

Webinars and Journal Club

ISAM webinars and journal clubs are open to all ISAM members and are more specifically intended for early career / young researchers and clinicians in the field of aerosol medicine.

Special Webinar: March 19, 2020, 8AM PST, 11AM EST, 4PM (CEST)

Speaker:Jie Li, PhD, RRT, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, Associate Professor, Clinical Education Coordinator Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences-Division of Respiratory Care, Rush University 

Title: COVID-19: Airborne aerosol virus spread and implication for personal protection
Facilitator: Stephan Ehrmann, Critical Care, Tours University Hospital, France

Webinar: March 30th, 2020, 8AM PST, 11AM EST, 4PM (CEST) 

Speaker: Jeffry Weers, PhD. Chief Technical Officer and Head of Pharmaceutical Development, Respira Therapeutics.
Title: Musings on High Dose Powder Delivery

Topics: (1) Do we need excipients? (2) How do you increase the packing density of particles in cohesive powders? (3) Do high dose powder formulations have inherent tolerability issues?

Facilitators: Nivedita Shetty, Mark Nagel, Sabine Haeussermann (ISAM New Devices Emerging Therapies and e-Health Networking Group)

Webinar: April 6th, 2020, 8AM PST, 11AM EST, 4PM (CEST)

Speaker: Pantelis Koullapis, PhD. Postdoctoral Researcher. Computational Sciences Laboratory, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department. University of Cyprus.

Title: Predicting aerosol deposition in the human airways using CFD: the SimInhale benchmark case

Facilitators: Chantal Darquenne, University of California San Diego

On the day of each webinar, follow the link http://univ-tours.adobeconnect.com/isam/ to participate.

Journal Club News
The ISAM Young Investigator / Early Career Networking Group is hosting an ISAM Journal Club webinar series to introduce early-stage clinicians and researchers to current topics in aerosol research. What exactly is a “Journal Club webinar”? A Journal Club webinar is similar to a traditional scientific journal club in that participants will critically review a selected publication prior to the meeting and then discuss the findings as a group. An exciting aspect of a web-based club is that authors of the publication being discussed will be invited to present to the group prior to the discussions. This provides a unique opportunity for attendees to interact with and learn from experts publishing in the Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery.

For our first Journal Club webinar on January 20th, 2020, participants reviewed a recent manuscript by Dr. Worth Longest and colleagues entitled, “Devices for Improved Delivery of Nebulized Pharmaceutical Aerosols to the Lungs”, JAMPDD 32: 317-330, 2019. Dr. Longest, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University, provided an excellent review of his manuscript and discussed details with attendees. Topics of discussion included the advantages and disadvantages of nebulized pharmaceutical aerosols, and ways secondary devices and inhalation strategies can be implemented to significantly improve lung delivery efficiency.

ISAM Journal Club webinars are designed to benefit early career/young researchers and clinicians in the field of aerosol medicine, however, all ISAM members and their trainees are encouraged to attend. If there is a recent article in the Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery that you would like to discuss in Journal Club, please email details to Phillip Clapp (pwclapp@med.unc.edu). If you would like to be added to the Young Investigator / Early Career Networking Group listserv, please email Alison McNabb (Amcnabb@utmck.edu)

WHO has reached out to ISAM for aerosol expertise in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak

The WHO clinical characterization & management working group for the COVID-19 outbreak has been tasked with rapidly providing answers to priority research questions that could broaden the knowledge base and immediately impact clinical management and control efforts. As part of this, the WHO is seeking expertise for the following tasks:

1.Determine the safety and efficacy of high-flow nasal cannulas (HFNC) in coronavirus patients on admission in ICUs, i.e. determine if high-flow nasal cannulas aerosolize the virus. One key technical dilemma in this task concerns air sampling, testing and quantification of the virus in air droplets and ICU equipment.

2.In anticipation of further spread of the virus to Africa, determine the presence and availability of cheaper and effective alternative face-masks and other respiratory equipment.

If you or one of your colleagues are working on similar tasks, have publications or protocols on the topic or have contacts that could provide expertise, please email the ISAM president, Chantal Darquenne at cdarquenne@ucsd.edu with details. The World Health Organization is eager to hear from us.

Welcome New ISAM Members

Our society has members from 25 countries! 

As always, ISAM is eager to welcome its new members.We are therefore delighted to welcome our new members. We have many new members joining from the SimInhale COST ACTION, which was previously funded by the European Union Framework Programme to create a network of experts in advanced inhaled pharmaceuticals. We are very happy that SimInhale members share their research results and expertise in our society and are looking forward to excellent ISAM webinars and ISAM congress sessions being chaired and presented from SimInhale group members. Please join the webinar on April 6th to learn more about some of the work SimInhale has been doing!

New ISAM Office/Board Assistant

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Karin Caspar to the ISAM Office. Karin will be replacing Christina Funk. Karin will provide support to the ISAM Members, answer questions/concerns, and help the ISAM board with administrative tasks.
Karin works in Gemünden (Whora) and is Gerhard Scheuch's executive assistant. Karin has several years of experience as an executive and administrative assistant with various employers and she will be a great asset to ISAM! Karin begins her position with ISAM effective April 1, 2020.
We are very happy, thank you Karin for joining!

Please nominate your colleagues for a Thomas T. Mercer ISAM Award

At each ISAM congress several awards are presented to a wide range of deserving scientists ranging from students to career scientists. In the years between the ISAM congress’ the Thomas T. Mercer award is presented as a joint award between ISAM and the American Association for Aerosol Research at the AAAR Conference. In Oct 2020 the Mercer Award will be presented at the AAAR Congress in Raleigh, NC.

The Mercer Award honors the legacy of Thomas T. Mercer and recognizes an individual with an exemplary career in inhalable materials and medicinal aerosols. Nominations are reviewed by a joint AAAR and ISAM committee to select the awardee. Please consider recognizing one of your colleagues or a scientist that influenced your career to this year’s Thomas T. Mercer Award. Additional details on the nomination packet and the process can be found on the ISAM website

In 2019 the Thomas T. Mercer award was presented at the ISAM Congress in Montreux, Switzerland to Jack Harkema DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP. Jack is currently at Michigan State University where he serves as a University Distinguished Professor and the Albert C. and Lois E. Dehn Endowed Chair. Dr. Harkema has worked for over 30 years in the area of respiratory toxicity and respiratory pathology. He has over 240 publications focused in these areas.
Additional Thomas T. Mercer award recipients can be found on the ISAM Awards webpage. Please consider submitting a nomination for a deserving colleague.

2020 Aerosol School: Save the Date and Register!

The 12th Annual Aerosol School will be hosted at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from September 23rd through the 25th, 2020. The school will be held within the Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex, located in the heart of the main University of Alberta campus. Over the past 11 years, the Aerosol School has offered expert information and training in the field of medical aerosols. Through an intensive three-day program, participants learn the range of measurements, techniques and approaches to drug development and inhaler design used in academic laboratories and pharmaceutical industry aerosol labs, all of which are presented by expert faculty in classroom lectures and hands-on demonstrations. The curriculum is a perfect primer for anyone wishing to jump-start their career in medical aerosols and can serve as a refresher for experienced professionals and researchers wishing to update their knowledge of the field.

The full program for the 2020 Aerosol School has now been announced! Please visit www.isam.org/aerosolschool to register early and save your place.

Boise is Next: Counting down to success with your input

We are busily making arrangements and plans for the 2021 ISAM Congress in Boise, ID.

We are trying out a few new things to meet the perceived needs of our current and future members and conference attendees.

As usual we are planning Workshops on Saturday before the Congress. What’s new is that we are expanding the topics and giving you the date (22 May 2020) so you don’t miss these opportunities when you plan your travel for the Congress. So, plan to arrive in time to attend the workshop of your choice. Great for experts and trainees!

These are the workshop topics we are proposing so far. Nothing yet is set into stone, so please let us know what you think.

Topics include:

Basics of Medical Aerosols: Whether you are a student, researcher, clinician or new to the aerosol side of industry this workshop provides an overview of a range of topics essential to understand and enjoy the Congress to follow.

Aerosols in Critical Care - New for 2021: This workshop brings together clinicians and researchers who have helped define this area of aerosol medicine, taking us from the empiric base for aerosol delivery to care for acute and critically ill patients. During this session, there will be hands on demonstrations for both administration and testing of aerosols commonly used with a range of oxygen and ventilator support modalities. From physicians, respiratory care professionals and researchers, participants will learn the ropes of what we know and still need to learn for successful aerosol administration in these sickest of patients.

Inhalation Tox: From the Basics to the Sublime: Key concepts to a range of topics in Pre-Clinical testing strategies, hands on experience with key device options and how to select effective and reliable testing facilities. We hope to have device manufacturers and CROs on hand to enhance the experience.

Product Development: So, you have a cool molecule product and want to transform it to an inhalable drug/device? Nothing could be easier if you have 40+ years of experience with multiple drug approvals under your belt like our proposed faculty. This program will cover opportunities, pitfalls and strategies necessary for successful inhalation product development.

Regulatory Planning: From the first dream of a product to successful commercialization, stage appropriate regulatory planning is crucial for success. This workshop will cover the essentials for bring your product to the market.

Imaging: As technology expands, so do the promises of imaging of disease conditions and the fate of aerosols used to treat them. An exploration through different technologies and models, with insights into how to evaluate these studies and learn how to do your own.

That's the plan so far! Let us know what you think, if you would like to participate and/or suggest anything else that might be of interest.
Drop an email to jfink@aerogenpharma.com and/or aclark@aertogenpharma.com.

7th Annual Workshop on Pulmonary Drug Delivery

Trinity College Dublin September 2-4th, 2020. This three-day workshop, chaired by Prof. Carsten Ehrhardt, will cover a range of topics – spanning from anatomy and physiology of the lungs to inhaled cannabinoid therapies. The Pulmonary Drug Delivery Workshop series was founded by Prof. Ehrhardt in 2013. The goal of the meeting is to meet and discuss drug delivery with colleagues, participate in engaging talks, and to develop new collaborations. This workshop is suited for graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and researchers from industry, academia, and government agencies. Keep an eye out on the ISAM News page for updates and program information.

Submit your Manuscripts to JAMPDD

Consider submitting your latest aerosol drug delivery research to the Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery, the official journal of the ISAM Society. JAMPDD is the only peer-reviewed journal that is focused on pulmonary drug delivery, advances in aerosol medicine and formulation, and toxic effects of inhaled aerosols and has an IF of 2.866.All members have direct access to JAMPDD through the member section of the website.

Visit the Website

As always, we encourage you to visit the ISAM website as your source of information about the society and for access to resources such as the ISAM Aerosol Textbook and the Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery.

Have a Story Idea, Recent Publication, or News you would like to share with the ISAM Community? Please reach out to Jessica Oakes to be included in the next newsletter!

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