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Dr Gene Philip Louie Ambrocio

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(Philippines)

ERS Young Investigator Dr Ambrocio joined the 21st Congress of the APSR in Bangkok, 2016, to present:

Anxiety and Depression Amongst Diagnosed TB Patients Seen at the UP-PGH Using the Validated Filipino Version of the Hospital Anxiety Depression Score (HADS-P)

Maria Nina Banque

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(Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Section of Pediatric Pulmonology, Philippines)

ERS Young Investigator Dr Banque joined the 17th Congress of the APSR in Hong Kong, 2012, to present:

Predictors of Postoperative Pulmonary Complications in Children Undergoing Cardiothoracic Surgery
Maria Niña Banque, Ma. Dulce Requiron-Sy, Maria Nerissa Atienza-De Leon, Milagros Salvani-Bautista
European Respiratory Journal Sep 2012, 40 (Suppl 56) P2429;

Dr Kristin V Carson

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(Queen Elizabeth Hospital/University of Adelaide, Clinical Practice Unit (Resp. Medicine), Senior Medical Research Scientist and NHMRC/cancer Australia TRIP Fellow)

TSANZ Young Investigator Dr Carson joined the 21st Congress of the APSR in Bangkok, 2016, to present:

Superiority of a Course of Varenicline Tartrate Plus Counselling, Over Counselling Alone, for Smoking Cessation: a 24-Month Randomised Controlled Trial for Inpatients

Delphine L Chen

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(Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine, USA)

ATS Young Investigator Dr Chen joined the 18th Congress of the APSR in Yokohama, 2013, to present:

PET imaging with [11C]PBR28 and [18F]FDG distinguishes macrophage from neutrophil lung inflammation
Delphine Chen, Eugene Agapov, Kiran Solingapuram, Jacquelyn Engle, Elizabeth Griffin, Steven Brody, Jason Woods, Robert Mach, Richard Pierce, Michael Holtzman
European Respiratory Journal Sep 2012, 40 (Suppl 56) P1693;

Dr Mannuel Sanchez de la Torre

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(Group of Translational Research in Respiratory Medicine, IRB Lleida. CIBERes, Departament de Ciéncies Médiques Básiques, University of Lleida, Spain)

ATS Young Investigator Dr de la Torre joined the 21st Congress of the APSR in Bangkok, 2016, to present his paper.

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Laura Cecere Feemster

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(University of Washington, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle Division Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care)

ATS Young Investigator Dr Feemster joined the 21st Congress of the APSR in Bangkok, 2016, to present:

Facilitating Adoption of COPD Evidence Based Care in Outpatient Settings (FACES)

Luke W Garratt

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(University of Western Australia)

TSANZ Young Investigator Dr Garratt joined the 19th Congress of the APSR in Bali, 2014, to present:

Identification of MMP dysregulation in early CF - Evidence based rationale for anti-protease therapy
Garratt L W, Sutanto E N, Ling K M, Looi K, Kicic-Starcevich E, Iosifidis T, Martinovich K M, Knight D A, Stick S M, Kicic A, On behalf of Arest CF
Respirology Volume 19, Issue Supplement S3 DOI: 10.1111/resp.12416

Alan Hsu

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(Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Disease, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia)

TSANZ Young Investigator Dr Hsu joined the 17th Congress of the APSR in Hong Kong, 2012, to present:

Deficient Antiviral Responses to Influenza in Primary Bronchial Epithelial Cells of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Alan Chen-Yu Hsu, Malcolm R Starkey, Irwan Hanish, Kristy Parsons, Tatt Jhong Haw, Linda J Howland, Ian Barr, James B Mahony, Paul S Foster, Darryl A Knight, Peter A Wark, and Philip M Hansbro "Targeting PI3K-p110α Suppresses Influenza Virus Infection in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease", American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 191, No. 9 (2015), pp. 1012-1023. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201501-0188OC

Jennifer Ingram

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(Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA)

ATS Young Investigator Dr Ingram joined the 17th Congress of the APSR in Hong Kong, 2012, to present:

Interleukin-13-Directed Airway Fibroblast Invasion in Asthma
Jennifer L Ingram, Molly J Huggins, Tony D Church, Dave Francisco, Rafael Firszt, Simone Degan, Paul W Noble, Denise Beaver, Mary E Sunday, Monica Kraft
ATS Journals Chapter DOI: 10.1164/ajrccm-conference.2010.181.1_MeetingAbstracts.A1072

Min J Joo

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(Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, USA)

ATS Young Investigator Dr Joo joined the 18th Congress of the APSR in Yokohama, 2013, to present:

Healthcare Utilization Associated with Misdiagnosis of COPD in Primary Care
Ann Bunyan, Todd A Lee, David H Au, Min J Joo
ATS Journals ajrccm-conference.2013.187.1_MeetingAbstracts.A5020

Kenji Kobayashi

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(Division of Respiratory Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Jikei University School of Medicine, Japan)

JRS Young Investigator Dr Kobayashi joined the 18th Congress of the APSR in Yokohama, 2013, to present:

Mechanisms of Autophagic Regulation of Myofibroblast Differentiation in Ipf Pathogenesis.
Kobayashi K, Araya J, Minagawa S, Hara H, Saito N, Kadota T, Sato N, Yoshida M, Tsubouchi K, Kurita Y, Ito S, Fujita Y, Takasaka N, Utsumi H, Yanagisawa H, Hashimoto M, Wakui H, Kojima J, Shimizu K, Numata T, Kawaishi M, Kaneko Y, Asano H, Yamashita M, Odaka M, Morikawa T, Nakayama K, Kuwano K
PubMed DOI: 10.4049/jimmunol.1600265

Edmund M T Lau

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(Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Australia)

TSANZ Young Investigator Dr Lau joined the 18th Congress of the APSR in Yokohama, 2013, to present:

Novel Noninvasive Techniques for Assessing Dynamic Pulmonary Vascular Function
Edmund M Lau, Elizabeth A Bailey, Shareen K Jaijee, Tamera J Corte, Lisa Simmons, Paul J Torzillo, Dale L Bailey and David S Celermajer
American Heart Association Circulation. 2012;126:A17786,

Jing Li

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(School of Medical Graduate, Fudan University, China)

APSR Young Investigator Dr Jing Li joined the ATS International Conference in Denver, 2015, to present:

Human Bone Marrow-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells Enhance Autophagy via PI3K/AKT Signaling to Reduce the Severity of Ischemia/Reperfusion-Induced Lung Injury
Jing Li, Jian Zhou, Chunxue Bai
ATS Journals ajrccm-conference.2015.191.1_MeetingAbstracts.A2064

Kevin Looi

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(School of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Western Australia)

ERS Young Investigator Dr Looi joined the 18th Congress of the APSR in Yokohama, 2013, to present:

Human Rhinovirus Infection of Asthmatic Airway Epithelial Cells Causes Tight Junction Disassembly Resulting in Increased Permeability
Kevin Looi, Alex Larcombe, Graeme Zosky, Paul Rigby, Darryl A Knight, Stephen M Stick, Anthony Kicic
18th Congress of the APSR - abstract book DOI: 10.1111/resp.12183_9

Jiaying Luo

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(Guangzhou Medical University, China)

ERS Young Investigator Dr Luo joined the 19th Congress of the APSR in Bali, 2014, to present:

The relationship between environment and the prevalence of allergy rhinitis in pre-school children in Guangzhou City
L Jiaying, H Huimin, Z Manning, W Nili, S Baoqing
European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Respirology Volume 19, Issue Supplement S3 DOI: 10.1111/resp.12416

Deebya Raj Mishra

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(BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal)

ERS Young Investigator Dr Mishra joined the 18th Congress of the APSR in Yokohama, 2013, to present:

Study of Incidence, Outcome and Antibiotic Sensitivity Pattern of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia in ICU of Tertiary Care Hospital In Nepal
Deebya Raj Mishra
European Respiratory Journal Sep 2013, 42 (Suppl 57) P2744;

Jun-Pyo Myong

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(Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea)

APSR Young Investigator Dr Myong joined the 19th Congress of the APSR in Bali, 2014, to present:

The association between occupational and environmental asbestos exposure and asbestosis in Korea-Asbestos Health Damage Relief System
Jun-Pyo Myong, Hyoung-Ryoul Kim, Jeung Sook Kim, Soon-Hee Jung
19th Congress of the APSR – Poster Presentation – Environmental & Occupational Health and Epidemiology
Respirology (pages 139–145) DOI: 10.1111/resp.12417_8

Hiroshi Nakano

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(Department of Cardiology, Pulmonology, and Nephrology, Yamagata University School of Medicine, Yamagata, Japan)

APSR Young Investigator Dr Nakano joined the ERS 2016 Congress in London, UK, to present:

E-selectin as a prognostic factor of patients who hospitalized for respiratory inflammation diseases; a single institutional study
Masamichi Sato, Yoko Shibata, Sumito Inoue, Akira Igarashi, Yoshikane Tokairin, Tomomi Kimura, Keiko Yamauchi, Takako Nemoto, Kento Sato, Hiroshi Nakano, Takahito Yagihashi and Isao Kubota
ERS Education Eur Respir J 2016; 48: Suppl. 60, 628

Damith Nandadeva

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(Department of Physiology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)

ERS Young Investigator Dr Nandadeva joined the 17th Congress of the APSR in Hong Kong, 2012, to present:

Unilateral Diaphragmatic Paralysis: How Far to Investigate?
D Nandadeva, D Madegedara, D Yasaratne, N Dissanayake, V Weerasinghe
(2012) Clinical Respiratory Medicine. Respirology, 17: 55–60.
doi:10.1111/j.1440-1843.2012.02292.x

Peter Noble

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(Centre for Neonatal Research and Education, School of Women's and Infants' Health, University of Western Australia; School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical Sciences, University of Western Australia)

APSR Young Investigator Dr Noble joined the ATS International Conference in Philadelphia, 2013, to present:

The Asthmatic Airway In Vitro: Narrowing, Compliance and Bronchodilatory Response to Deep Inspiration
Peter B Noble, Robyn L Jones, Alvenia Cairncross,Howard W Mitchell, Alan L James, Peter K McFawn
ATS Journals DOI: 10.1164/ajrccm-conference.2012.185.1_MeetingAbstracts.A268910.1164/

Fariz Nurwidya

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(Department of Respiratory Medicine, Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan)

APSR Young Investigator Dr Nurwidya joined the 18th Congress of the APSR in Yokohama, 2013, to present:

Knockdown of Zinc Finger E-Box Binding Homeobox1 (Zeb1) Reduces Stem Cells Characteristic of Gefitinib-Resistant-Persisters of Pc9 Cells
Fariz Nurwidya, Fumiyuki Takahashi, Akiko Murakami, Isao Kobayashi, Motoyasu Kato, Takehito Shukuya, Ryo Ko, Shigehiro Yagishita, Ryo Koyama, Keiko Muraki, Motomi Takahashi, Naoko Shimada, Kazuhisa Takahashi
Respirology Volume 18, Issue Supplement S4 DOI: 10.1111/resp.12183

Fariz Nurwidya

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(Department of Respiratory Medicine, University of Indonesia)

ERS Young Investigator Dr Nurwidya joined the 21st Congress of the APSR in Bangkok, 2016, to present:

Knockdown of OCT4 Reverses Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition Induced by Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1 In Lung Cancer

Chih-Ying Ou

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(National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Dou-Liou, Yunlin, Taiwan)

APSR 2016 Fukuchi Award winner for the paper Genetic variants of pulmonary SP-D predict disease outcome of COPD in a Chinese population

Dr Ou has been working in the Division of Chest Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Taiwan as an attending physician since 2009 after getting her Board of Chest Medicine. In 2013, she graduated from the Institute of Clinical Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan with a master's degree. She cooperated with Professor Wang Jiu-Yao, who is the head of Allergy & Clinical Immunology Research Center, National Cheng Kung University and devoted her research career to immunology in respiratory medicine, particularly in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pulmonary tuberculosis. She also participated as co-Principal Investigator in several clinical trials on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which were initiated from Professor Hsiue Tzuen-Ren, a vice president in National Cheng Kung University Hospital.

Dr Ou and her colleagues were awarded the 2016 Fukuchi Award for the best original research paper published in Respirology during 2015. The paper was selected by an international expert panel comprising of Prof Antonio Anzueto (University of Texas, San Antonio, USA), Prof John Mastronarde (Ohio State University, Columbus, USA), Prof Chunxue Bai (APSR Research Committee, Shanghai, China), Prof Albert Li (Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong) and Dr Christina Spengler (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Philip Bardin (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia) and chaired by Prof Michael Niederman (Stony Brook University, New York, USA). The panel ranked the papers published in 2015 for novelty, importance, methodology, clarity and overall quality. A consensus about the best original research paper was then obtained through a rigorous judging system.

Genetic variants of pulmonary SP-D predict disease outcome of COPD in a Chinese population
Ou C-Y, Chen C-Z, Hsiue T-R, Lin S-H and Wang J-Y
Respirology, 20: 296–303. doi:10.1111/resp.12427

Mamunur Rashid

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(National Institute of Diseases of Chest and Hospital, Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

APSR Young Investigator Dr Rashid joined the 18th Congress of the APSR in Yokohama, 2013, to present:

Clinical and Laboratory Profiles and Outcomes of Critically Ill Chest Disease Patients in a Tertiary Care Chest Hospital
Mamunur Rashid, Asfia Niger, Rashidul Hassan
Respirology Volume 18, Issue Supplement S4 DOI: 10.1111/resp.12183

Katherine Rivera-Spoljaric

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(Washington University School of Medicine, USA)

ATS Young Investigator Dr Rivera-Spoljaric joined the 19th Congress of the APSR in Bali, 2014, to present:

Identifying early signs and symptoms of impending asthma exacerbations in children
Katherine Rivera-Spoljaric
Respirology Volume 19, Issue Supplement S3 DOI: 10.1111/resp.12416

Rebecca E Sell

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(University of California, San Diego, USA)

ATS Young Investigator Dr Sell joined the 19th Congress of the APSR in Bali, 2014, to present:

Difference in outcomes between senior physician and medicine resident LED code blues
Sell R E, Chappell R, Davis D P
Respirology Volume 19, Issue Supplement S3 DOI: 10.1111/resp.12416

Rebecca A Shilling

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(Center for Immunobiology, Walther Hall, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, USA)

ATS Young Investigator Dr Shilling joined the 17th Congress of the APSR in Hong Kong, 2012, to present:

T cells Reject the Lung: Lessons from a Mouse Orthotopic Lung Transplant Model
Q Wu, P Gupta, H Suzuki, S Wagner, L Fan, D S Wilkes, R A Shilling
Respirology Volume 17, Issue Supplement S2 DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2012

Ryo Teramachi

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(Tosei General Hospital, Aichi, Japan)

JRS Young Investigator Dr Teramachi joined the 18th Congress of the APSR in Yokohama, 2013, to present:

One Year Changes of Pulmonary Artery Pressure in Interstitial Lung Disease
Ryo Teramachi, Hiroyuki Taniguchi, Yasuhiro Kondoh, Tomoki Kimura, Kensuke Kataoka, Toshiaki Matsuda, Toshiki Yokoyama
Respirology Volume 18, Issue Supplement S4 DOI: 10.1111/resp.12183

Ming-Ju Tsai

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(Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital)

APSR Young Investigator Dr Ming-Ju Tsai joined the ATS International Conference in San Francisco, 2016, to present:

The Role of Acyl-CoA Thioesterase Gene Family in Lung Adenocarcinoma
Ming-Ju Tsai, Meng-Chi Yen, Shyh-Ren Chiang, Jen-Yu Hung, Ming-Shyan Huang, Ya-Ling Hsu
ATS Journals ajrccm-conference.2016.193.1_MeetingAbstracts.A2567

Joanne Van der Velden

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(Department of Pharmacology, University of Melbourne. Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia)

TSANZ Young Investigator Dr Van der Veldenv joined the 17th Congress of the APSR in Hong Kong, 2012, to present:

Kca3.1 Blockade Improves Lung Function and Retards Allergen-induced Increases in Mast Cell Density in a Sheep Model of Chronic Asthma
J Van Der Velden, D Barker, G Barcham, E Koumoundouros, H Wulff, Neil Castle, P Bradding, K Snibson
Respirology Volume 17, Issue Supplement S2 DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2012

Kimberley Wang

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(Telethon Kids Institute, Western Australia, 6008)

APSR Young Investigator Dr Wang joined the ERS 2016 Congress in London, UK, to present:

Effect of prenatal hypoxia-induced growth restriction on lung structure in adult rats
Kimberley C Wang, Jude S Morton, Sandra T Davidge, Alexander N Larcombe, Alan L James, Peter B Noble
ERS Education International Congress London 2016

Yasuhiko Yamano

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(Tosei General Hospital, Aichi, Japan)

APSR Young Investigator Dr Yamano joined the ATS International Conference in Denver, 2015, to present:

Acute Lung Injury Pattern in Anti-ARS Antibody Positive Interstitial Pneumonia Patients.
Y Yamano, H Taniguchi, Y Kondoh, J Fukuoka, T Johko, T Tanaka, H Sumikawa, T Kimura, K Kataoka, T Matsuda, T Yokoyama
Respirology Volume 18, Issue Supplement S4 DOI: 10.1111/resp.12183

Masatsugu Yamamoto

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(James Hogg Research Centre, St. Paul's Hospital, University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Institute for HEART+LUNG Health, Vancouver; Department of Medicine, Division of Respiratory Medicine, UBC, Vancouver; Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver)

APSR Young Investigator Dr Yamamoto joined the ATS International Conference in Philadelphia, 2013, to present:

Differentially Expressed MicroRNAs in Peripheral Blood of Asthmatics Undergoing Allergen Inhalation Challenge
Masatsugu Yamamoto, Amrit Singh, Jian Ruan, Gail M Gauvreau, Paul M O'Byrne, Chris Carlsten, J Mark FitzGerald, Louis-Philippe Boulet, Scott J Tebbutt
ATS Journals ajrccm-conference.2012.185.1_MeetingAbstracts.A4907

Dawei Yang

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(Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University)

APSR Young Investigator Dr Dawei Yang joined the ATS International Conference in San Francisco, 2016, to present:

A Preliminary Comparison Study of Bioconductance Measurement with 18FDG-PET in Evaluation CT Detected Lung Lesion Suspicious for Lung Cancer
D Yang, J Li, X Gong, R Yung, C Bai
ATS Journals ajrccm-conference.2016.193.1_MeetingAbstracts.A1292

So Young Yang

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(Chung-Ang University, Korea)

ERS Young Investigator Dr Yang joined the 19th Congress of the APSR in Bali, 2014, to present:

Associations of SRAGE and S100A12 on postoperative respiratory complications according to different two ventilation modes after laparoscopic-assisted colorectal surgery
So Young Yang, Hyun Kang, Chong Wha Baek, Young Cheol Woo, Yong Hun Jung, Seong Deok Kim
Respirology Volume 19, Issue Supplement S3 DOI: 10.1111/resp.12416

Tian Yang

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(Xi'an Jiaotong University, College of Medicine, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China)

APSR Young Investigator Dr Yang joined the 19th Congress of the APSR in Bali, 2014, to present:

MIR-15A induces cell apoptosis and inhibits metastasis by targeting BCL2L2 in non small cell lung cancer
Tian Yang, Asmitananda Thakur, Tianjun Chen, Li Yang, Gao Lei, Yiqian Liang, Shuo Zhang, Mingwei Chen
Respirology Volume 19, Issue Supplement S3 DOI: 10.1111/resp.12416