Meeting 2017

Conference Announcement from ISARP Conference Chairs Cécile Chenivesse, PhD and  Elke Vlemincx, PhD

We are very excited to announce that the ISARP 2017 Conference will be held in Lille, France. You are all invited to join on Friday evening, September 15 for the welcoming reception and on September 16-17 for scientific symposia. The conference location will be the Carlton Hotel, in the heart of Lille, next to the opera house, across the old town of Lille and at a walking distance from the train station (Gare de Lille-Europe). 

Rooms at a discounted rate will be available at the Carlton Hotel.


Keynote Speakers


Prof. Thomas Similowski was born in 1961. He is married to Kathy, and they have 4 children Laura, Paul, Elsa, Clara. He is Professor of Respiratory Medicine at "Faculté de Médecine Pitié-Salpêtrière, Université Paris 6 Pierre et Marie Curie", Paris, France and is the head of the "Department of Respiratory and Intensive Care Medicine, Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Sleep Medicine" within the "Groupe Hospitalier Pitié-Salpêtrière Charles Foix", Paris, France, one of the largest European hospitals.

The clinical activity of the department is devoted to acute respiratory care on one hand, and to the management of respiratory handicap on the other hand. All forms and sources of respiratory handicap are considered, from severe COPD to the respiratory impact of neurological and neuromuscular diseases, with emphasis on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and quadriplegia (the department is the only center for diaphragm pacing in France).

In the field of research, Prof. Similowski is the head of research unit UMRS 1158 "Clinical and Experimental Respiratory Neurophysiology" of INSERM and Université Paris 6 Pierre et Marie Curie. This translational unit comprises an animal laboratory and a human laboraory, and uses many techniques from molecular biology to psychophysiology, and including electrophysiology, functional imaging, and mathematical modelling. The unit is entirely devoted to the study of the interactions between the respiratory system and the nervous system. This goes from the study of respiratory muscle function in health and diseases to the study of the mechanisms of breathing control, with emphasis on the relationship between the cerebral cortex and breathing and the pathophysiology and psychophysiology of dyspnea.    

From a personal point of view, Prof. Similowski is a former research fellow of the Meakins-Christie Laboratories, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He has published more that 300 peer-reviewed articles. In 2000, he was awarded the Cournand lecture of the European Respiratory Society. In 2004, he received a French "Victoire de la Médecine" for implementing diaphragm pacing in France. In 2015, he received the "Prix François Petay pour la recherche sur la BPCO" from the prestigious French "Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale", and in 2016 he was elected Fellow of the European Respiratory Society. 



Prof. Hilary Pinnock is Professor of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine with the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, Allergy and Respiratory Research Group, University of Edinburgh, and a general practitioner in Whitstable, Kent.

Her research interests include the delivery of care within the ‘real-life’ primary care setting including implementing self-management for asthma, telehealthcare for supporting management of respiratory disease, supporting people with COPD and depression to attend pulmonary rehabilitation, and supportive care for people with severe COPD.

She leads the education subgroup of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group, and chairs the primary care group of the European Respiratory Society.  She chairs the self-management and diagnosis evidence review groups of the BTS/SIGN asthma guideline and is an education editor of npjPrimary Care Respiratory Medicine.


Call For Abstracts

From ISARP Conference Chairs Cécile Chenivesse and Elke Vlemincx

We would like to kindly remind you that the deadline for abstract submission is July 2nd, 2017.

Dear ISARP members

Have you marked the dates of September 15-17 in your calendar for the ISARP 2017 conference in Lille, France? If you are not convinced yet, more information on the conference location, hotel accommodation and invited speakers can be found here.

We are looking forward to prepare an exciting conference program, so we would happily receive your abstracts.

Please submit an abstract including title, authors, institutional affiliations and locations, and contact information of the principal author. Abstracts should be in English, no longer than 300 words and structured into: background, methods, results, and discussion.

Abstracts should be sent as unformatted MS Word document, without hard returns, 12 point text, Times New Roman. Abstracts should not include tables, diagrams or special characters. Abstracts not including results cannot be accepted. Please provide two keywords for your submission and indicate your preference to present as an oral communication or a poster.

If you are a student presenting the abstract, please indicate this in the abstract submission. We will continue the student-mentor match program. This program is a unique opportunity for students to discuss their work more informally with a mentor other than their supervisor, and, in addition, an interesting networking possibility. Students will be paired with a senior ISARP member who will review the student’s presentation and provide feedback and mentorship. If you are a senior ISARP member willing to participate in the student-mentor match program, you can indicate this in your abstract submission as well. The program coordinator, Thomas Janssens, will contact students and mentors to propose matches upon acceptance of abstracts.

Please email your abstract submission to no later than July 2nd, 2017. Accepted abstracts will be published in Biological Psychology. Please also download the attached disclosure form, and attach the completed and signed form as a pdf to your abstract submission.

Disclosure form link.

Kind regards,

Cécile Chenivesse

Elke Vlemincx   


ISARP Conference Dinner

The ISARP dinner will take place at ‘La Terrasse des remparts

The following menu will be served:

Fine tart with 2 salmons (smoked and fresh), leek whites

Rabbit back, stuffed with pistachio and seasonal vegetables

Crusty dessert with two chocolates, red berry sauce

 *Vegetarians replacement will be possible. If you are vegetarian, please let us know with your registration!


Hotel Information


If you are planning on staying at the conference hotel, we strongly encourage you to book your rooms before the end of June (as discounts and pre-reserved ISARP rooms will expire on June 30th). Please mention you will attend the ISARP conference with your booking. The Carlton Hotel is located in the heart of Lille, next to the opera house, across the old town of Lille and at a walking distance from the train station (Gare de Lille-Europe).

If you prefer not to stay at the Carlton hotel, we recommend the following hotels nearby:

Grand Hôtel Bellevue   (English link)

Hôtel Mercure Lille Centre Grand Place   (English link)

Hôtel Kanai – 3 Etoiles   (English link)

Best Western UP Hôtel   (English link)

Flandres Appart Hotel   (English link)


Dear ISARP members and friends,
Hopefully, you all have marked the ISARP conference on your calendar.
Dates: September 15-17, 2017
Location: Carlton Hotel, Lille, France

Conference registration:
(Late fee of $20 if you register after August 19, 2017)

Registration Type:


Regular ISARP member $230

Student ISARP Member $100

Retired ISARP Member $100

Non-ISARP member $290

ISARP Conference Dinner $60

The membership process and specifications are outlined here.

Please find the conference registration form here.


Here is the program for the ISARP 2017 conference: