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Beijing, 1996

This congress was held at the Olympic Center, on 4-8 October 1996.

Congress websites remain online for a limited period after the event. Therefore for posterity, the following links are reproduced from the specified APSR Newsletters.

Given the size and complexity of such events, it is inevitable that there were last minute changes. Consequently there is no guarantee that all the sessions detailed actually took place in the form advertised.

Information that is unlikely to be of further interest, such as hotel booking, transportation arrangements to the venue, etc., has been omitted.

Congress Poster

October 4-8, 1996  Beijing, China

Advisory Committee

Wan C Tan
Wei Ci Luo
Takao Takizawa
Yoshinosuke Fukuchi
Teresita S de Guia
YoungSoo Shim
P M Benjamin
Reury-Perng Perng
Ren Jiang Yu
Michiyoshi Harasawa
Shiro Kira
Ann Janet Woolcock
J Patrick Barron
Sze-Piao Yang
W K Lam
K Ampikaipakan
Nan San Zhong
Chaivej Nuchprayoon


Chinese Thoracic Society

(The following appeared in the APSR Newsletter Vol. 3 No. 2 1994)

Message from the Congress President

Greetings from China.

Wei-Ci Luo

The fourth Congress of the Asian and Pacific Society of Respirology will be held in the Olympic Center in Beijing from October 4th, (Friday) to 8th (Tuesday), 1996. Doctors and investigators and their families are heartily welcome to this major Congress.

Beijing is an ancient capital which has adapted to modern life. This historical city offers wonderful opportunities for visitors with its world-famous Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven etc. October is the Golden Season in Beijing with blue sky and sunny weather. A range of interesting and various optional social programs will be available together with post-conference tours of Xi'an and Shanghai.

During the APSR Congress, an international panel of eminent speakers with the latest information and experience will be invited to grace the occasion. There is great need for cooperation and experience sharing among us all and this gathering will provide a much-needed platform to review latest advances in respirology, especially in the Asian Pacific region, but also throughout the world, including:

  • Critical care medicine
  • Allergic airway diseases
  • Acute pulmonary infections
  • Tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacterial diseases
  • Smoking-related lung diseases
  • Occupational lung diseases
  • Lung cancer
  • Interstitial lung diseases
  • Sleep apnea syndrome
  • AIDS related pulmonary diseases
  • Lung function tests with ethnic differences
  • Experiences in imaging the lung with CT scan, MRI etc.

We believe that the Congress will promote international respirology and friendship in the Asian-Pacific region.

I look forward to welcoming you to Beijing in October 1996.

Dr Wei-Ci Luo, M.D.
President of the Chinese Thoracic Society,
Professor of Peking Union Medical College,
President of the Chinese Society of Respiratory Disease, People's Republic of China

(The following appeared in the APSR Newsletter Vol. 5 No. 1 1996)

Special greetings from the President of the 4th APSR Congress

Congress Poster

Welcome to Beijing for the 4th Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology October 4th-8th, 1996.

The 4th Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology is coming soon, participants and their accompanying persons are cordially welcomed to this great event. The preparations for this Congress are going on smoothly and fruitful achievement are expected. More than one thousand of participants are coming soon to join this great event. There will be eminent speakers of the world to give the latest information and experiences on topics like:

  • Recent progress in the research of cell mechanics
  • Acute lung injury
  • Immune system in allergy
  • Genetic aspects of airways diseases
  • Gene therapy
  • Tuberculosis and AIDS
  • Long-term effects of viral infections of the airways
  • Sleep apnea
  • Natural history of asthma
  • pharmacological prevention in asthma

More than one thousand of free papers will be presented, oral and poster discussions will take place.

The opening ceremony will be held on the 4th of October at 16:00, 1996. Art shows will be performed. Participants and their accompanying persons are invited to the opening ceremony.

Dr Wei-Ci Luo, M.D.

Registration inquiry:

Yoshikawa Bldg No. 2, 2nd Floor,
2-9-8 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 1 13 Japan
fax: +81-3-5684-3382

Hotel accommodation inquiry:

Organizing committee,
4th Congress of APSR,
c/o Chinese Medical Association
42 Dongsi Xidajie, Beijing 100710 China
fax: +86- 10-6512-3754

(The following appeared in the APSR Newsletter Vol. 5 No. 2 1996)

Congress report from the 4th APSR Congress, Beijing

1996 Congress Executive
Photo: Front row from left: Dr Hadiarto Mangunnegoro, Dr Wan-Cheng Tan, Dr Teresita de Guia, Dr Shiro Kira, Dr Nan-Sham Zhong. Second row from left: Prof. J. P. Barron, Dr We-Ci Luo, Dr Ann J. Woolcock.

October is the best month of the year, which attracted pulmonologists and chest physicians coming from different parts of the world to attend the conference in Beijing, an ancient capital adapted to modern life. There were 1,612 participants from various countries or districts; the number of the delegates and their working places are as shown in Table 1.

Eight hundred and ninety two papers including a comprehensive range of topical and critical issues in pulmonary problems and lung diseases were interchanged in the congress. Sixty four prominent speakers were invited to give reviews of the recent advances in different aspects of respirology. Twenty six companies took part in the medical exhibitions. More than 150 personnel worked for the congress, who all deserved gratitude and thanks.

The congress was a successful one, indeed. Participants from different countries expressed their views regarding the congress after the conference. A few comments are cited as follows:

"All of my colleagues were impressed not only by China and Beijing, but by the high quality of the conference and the remarkable organization that making it such a success."
C. A. Hales, Professor, Harvard Medical School

"I firmly believe that this has made a great success in contributing to the development of respiratory medicine in Asian Pacific area. Additionally, Gala Dinner at Great Hall of the people was unforgettably wonderful"
T. Takizawa, Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Woman's Medical College, Japan.

"I enjoyed every minute of my time in the 4th Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology."
I. Kimura, Professor Emeritus, Okayama University Medical School, Japan.

"Such a good meeting attracting a large number of people for a good scientific program and for an excellent social program."
A. J. Woolcock, Professor, University of Sydney.

The above comments encouraged us to work better for the future affairs of the APSR and overcome the shortcomings that occurred in this congress.

Dr Wei-Ci Luo, M.D.
President, APSR 4th Congress, Beijing

Participants of the 4th Congress of APSR (Table 1)

Countries /
Number of
Hong Kong51
New Zealand3
Saudi Arabia1
South Africa2
Sri Lanka7
Taiwan, China25