Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Welcome to Dyspnea 2020 - Oxford !

18:00, Wednesday, 15 July 2020 to 17:00, Friday, 17 July 2020

Dyspnea Oxford Skyline

Who this event is for

  • Academic community


Clerici, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site



The Dyspnea Society is an international multidisciplinary community that aims to advance scientific knowledge of dyspnea (breathlessness) and its translation to clinical practice.  The Dyspnea Society’s international scientific meeting serves an important role in addressing these aims by bringing together researchers, clinical professionals, and industry stakeholders with a shared interest in better understanding the complex and multifactorial symptom of dyspnea.

The Dyspnea Society’s 6th international scientific meeting is being hosted by Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England UK on 15-17 July  2020

We look forward to welcoming you to Dyspnea 2020 in Oxford!

Shakeeb Moosavi, Oxford Brookes University, Kyle Pattinson, University of Oxford, and Sara Booth, University of Cambridge 

Scientific Programme
Wednesday 15 July 2020
18:00-21:00 Welcome reception
Headington Hill Hall
Thursday 16 July 2020
08.00-09.00 Registration/Breakfast
09.00-09.10 Opening remarks (TBC)
09.10-10.00 Keynote lecture: (Introduced by Dr. Sara Booth)
The Experience of Breathlessness
Professor Havi Carel (Bristol)
10:00-10:30 Morning Tea
10:30-12:40 Invited speakers theme 1: Interventions and healthcare perspectives
(Chair: Dr. Sara Booth)
Dr. DorAnne Donesky (California)
It takes a village: Nursing contributions in care of the dyspnoeic patient
Professor Claudia Bausewein (Munich)
Breathlessness service - German perspective
Associate Professor Marie Williams (Adelaide)
Explain Breathlessness – opportunities and unintended consequences
Professor Capucine Morelot-Panzini (Paris)
Effect of hypnosis on dyspnea
Dr. Ben Ainsworth (Bath)
Asthma and digital intervention
Panel discussion (theme 1)
12:40-13:00 Group Photo
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Networking, viewing posters and exhibits
15:30-16:25 Selected abstract talks (Chair: TBC)
16:25-17:00 Dyspnea business meeting –Chair: Professor Robert Banzett (Boston)
19:00-22:00 Conference dinner, Wadham College, University of Oxford
Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PN,
Friday 17 July 2020
08.00-09.00 Breakfast
09.00-09.10 Opening remarks -Housekeeping
09.10-10.00 Keynote lecture: (Introduced by Professor Kyle Pattinson)
Symptom perception and the body: An experimental inquiry.
Professor Omer Van Den Bergh (Leuven)
10:00-10:30 Morning Tea
10:30-12:40 Invited speakers theme 2: Mechanisms highlights
(Chair: Professor Kyle Pattinson and Dr. Shakeeb Moosavi)
Dr. Olivia Faull (Zurich)
The Bayesian Brain
Professor Emeritus Ginger Carrieri-Kohlman (California)
Tribute to Dr. Michael Stulbaarg
Professor Mona Bafadhel (Oxford)
COPD phenotypes
Dr. Matthew Maddocks (London)
Optimising function and independence
Dr. Alex Green (Oxford)
Deep Brain Stimulation: Needle in the haystack
Panel discussion (theme 2)
12:40-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Selected abstract talks (Chair: TBC)
15:00-15:30 Afternoon Tea
15:30-16:00 Flash talks on selected posters
16:00-16:30 Judging panel –Discussion of flash talks and announcement of winning talks
16:30-17:00 Closing remarks and competition awards

Scientific Programme Committee

Dyspnea 2020 Meeting Co-Chairs

  • Shakeeb Moosavi, Oxford Brookes University 
  • Kyle Pattinson, University of Oxford
  • Sara Booth, University of Cambridge 

Dyspnea 2020 Scientific Program Committee Members

  • Shakeeb Moosavi, Oxford Brookes University
  • Kyle Pattinson, University of Oxford
  • Sara Booth, University of Cambridge
  • Marie Williams, University of South Australia
  • Matthew Maddocks, King’s College London
  • Capucine Morelot-Panzini, Hôpital Universitaire Pitié Salpêtrière
  • Jane MacNaughton, Durham University
  • Helen Walthall, Oxford Brookes University
  • Omer Van den Bergh, University of Leuven
  • Joanna Grogono, Oxford University Hospitals
  • Ann Hutchinson, University of Hull


Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Professor Havi Carel

Professor Havi Carel
Keynote lecture: The Experience of Breathlessness
Thursday 16th July 2020, 09.10-10.00

Havi Carel is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol. She is a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator, leading the Life of Breath project (2014-2020;, which won the Health Humanities’ Inspiration Award 2018. She is the author of Phenomenology of Illness (2016), Illness (2008, 2013, 2018 shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize), and of Life and Death in Freud and Heidegger (2006). She was voted by students as a ‘Best of Bristol’ lecturer in 2016. She previously held grants from the AHRC, British Academy and Leverhulme Trust (

Omer Van Den Bergh

Professor Omer Van Den Bergh
Keynote lecture: Symptom perception and the body: An experimental inquiry
Friday 17th July 2020, 09.10-10.00

Omer Van den Bergh obtained a Ph.D. in Psychology at the Laboratory of Experimental Psychology, University of Leuven (1986), followed a postdoc training at the NIMH Center for the Study of Attention and Emotion (Prof. Dr. P.J. Lang) at the University of Florida (1986) and a postgraduate training in cognitive behavior therapy. He is supervisor of the Flemish Association for Behavior Therapy. Since 1988, he teaches health psychology at the University of Leuven to students of psychology, medicine and physical education. He was associate editor of “Biological Psychology” between 1999 and 2015, and former president of the International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology (ISARP). He is founder and was director of the Research Group on Health Psychology at the University of Leuven from 1998 till 2015, and co-founder of a spinoff company of the University of Leuven providing services to prevent stress and improve well-being in organisations. Since 2016, he is ombuds person of the KU Leuven, and emeritus professor since October 2018.

Omer Van den Bergh is expert in the broad area of the relationship between health and behaviour. Specific key words in his work are subjective health and respiratory psychophysiology in response to stress and aversive somatic experiences. He is especially inspired by learning psychology and symptom perception theory to investigate the links among these issues. The research involves both normal subjects in laboratory experiments, clinical studies on psychosomatic and pulmonary patients in the university hospital, and field studies on subjective health symptoms. He published over 300 papers and chapters in international journals and books. See

Invited Speakers for Theme 1: Interventions and healthcare perspectives
Thursday 16th July 2020, 10:30-12:40

Dr DorAnne Donesky

Dr DorAnne Donesky, It takes a village: Nursing contributions in care of the dyspnoeic patient

DorAnne Donesky, PhD, ANP-BC, ACHPN, is an adult nurse practitioner, professor at Touro University of California, and professor emerita at University of California, San Francisco. Her faculty practice is with the inpatient palliative care service at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, California. For two years, she was the lead clinician for an inter-professional outpatient pulmonary-focused palliative care service, the “Pulmonary Quality of Life Clinic” at UCSF. Dr. Donesky is the founding faculty and nurse lead for “Practice-PC,” a longitudinal inter-professional palliative care continuing education course for practicing clinicians. Clinically, she has over 25 years of experience in pulmonary symptom management and palliative care—supporting patients with chronic lung disease through clinic visits, pulmonary rehabilitation, clinical research, and Better Breathers support group facilitation. She was a Cambia Sojourns Scholar and a Macy Faculty Scholar in 2016-2018, and is a fellow of the American Thoracic Society.

Professor Claudia Bausewein

Professor Claudia Bausewein PhD MD MSc, Breathlessness service - German perspective

Claudia Bausewein is Professor for Palliative Medicine and holds the Chair for Palliative Medicine at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich Germany. She is also Director of the Department of Palliative Medicine at Munich University Hospital. Her medical background is internal medicine but she has been dedicated to palliative care in Germany for more than 30 years.

Professor Bausewein has been involved in a variety of national and international activities in palliative medicine including the development of the German evidence and consensus-based guideline “Palliative Medicine for Patients with Incurable Cancer” and the EAPC Taskforce on outcome measurement in palliative care. She is currently Secretary of the German Association for Palliative Medicine and is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the European Association for Palliative Medicine. Her research focuses on breathlessness in advanced disease, complexity, outcome measurement, palliative sedation and palliative care in non-cancer patients. Claudia Bausewein has published more than 160 peer-reviewed articles, six books and a number of book chapters.

Professor Marie Williams PhD, Grad Cert (Cardioresp Physio), B.App.Sc (Physio)

Explain Breathlessness – opportunities and unintended consequences 

Associate Professor Marie T Williams is a physiotherapy academic, member of the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) research centre and current Associate Head: Research, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia. Marie is an executive board member of South Australian/Northern Territory chapter of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ), and is an active member of the TSANZ, Lung Foundation Australia, European Respiratory Society (ERS), Dyspnea Society and the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). Marie is an external reviewer for a range of respiratory medicine/ physiotherapy journals and international/national grant agencies.  Marie is committed to the development of the next generation of allied health clinician researchers (19 PhD completions; currently supervising 2 Phd and 3 MRes). Her research interests include the evidence-based management of people with chronic breathlessness with particular reference whether (and how) the impact of this sensation can be substantially altered via exercise training, psychological approaches and education of people living with breathlessness and clinicians. 0000-0002-0473-5157, Researcher ID: C-8152-2009, Scopus ID -7410000969, Twitter -@OHHMarieT, Email:
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Invited Speakers for Theme 2: Mechanisms Highlights
Friday 16th July 2020, 10:30-12:40

Olivia Faull (Zurich), The Bayesian Brain

Olivia holds a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (2018-2020). Olivia's research focusses on interoception and conscious perceptions of breathing. Having studied Neuroscience and Exercise Physiology as an Undergraduate at Otago University in New Zealand, Olivia moved to the UK to complete her DPhil at Oxford University. Her Doctoral Thesis used ultra-high field functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to consider targeted nuclei in the brainstem and cortex, which are thought to be key in breathing control and perception but had previously only been accessible in animal models.

Since moving to Zurich in 2018 as a Postdoctoral Researcher, Olivia is looking to apply predictive coding models to better understand how the brain perceives and learns about changes in our breathing. Furthermore, Olivia is interested in how learning and perceiving our bodily state may be altered with psychological traits such as anxiety, to better target these processes for greater treatment success in future therapies. 

Professor Alexander L. Green

Professor Alexander L. Green FRCS(SN), MD, MB BS, BSc(hons), Deep Brain Stimulation: A needle in the haystack

Alex Green is the Spalding Associate Professor at the University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences. He gained a degree in medicine from University College London in 1997, after having obtained a first-classhonours in Basic Medical Science with Neuroscience in 1994. His neurosurgical training started in London but the majority was in Oxford. From 2005-2007 he took a period of full-time research and investigated the autonomic effects of deep brain stimulation, concentrating on brain control of the cardiovascular system. This period of research produced a number of peer-reviewed publications in medical and scientific journals. He was also awarded a number of international prizes for his work, including the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) ‘Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Resident Award’ in 2005 and the ‘Gordon Holmes Prize’ awarded by the Royal Society of Medicine. On returning to clinical training, he continued his interest in autonomic control and also pain, and became a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Academic Clinical Lecturer before becoming a consultant neurosurgeon in 2009. Soon after appointment, his work won him the prestigious International Neuromodulation Society (INS) ‘New Investigator Award’ for his work on heart rate variability and the autonomic effects of DBS. Whilst maintaining a busy practice of general adult neurosurgery, he specialises in ‘functional’ neurosurgery including DBS for movement disorders and pain. His research work continues to focus on pain and autonomic control including control of blood pressure, respiration and the bladder. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, written two books and over 15 book chapters. He sits on a number of research trial committees including a data monitoring committee, steering committee and clinical advisory board. He is associate editor of the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons.

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Refund Policy

Up to 70% of the registration fee is refundable on request up to 30th April 2020. There will be no refunds for cancellation of registration after that date.

 Early registration
(up to 23:59:59 GMT on 31 March 2020)
Late Registration
(up to 23:59:59 GMT on 12July 2020)
Registration fees £250 £275

If you wish to register after 12 July, you will need to pay by Credit Card on the day/s you attend

What do registration fees include?

Although subject to change, the cost of registration to Dyspnea 2020 includes:

  • The right to attend and participate in the scientific program
  • The reception evening on the 15 July
  • Food and beverage (ie. continental breakfast, sandwich buffet lunch,coffee/tea/water/soda/juice) at the venue on 16–17 July 2020
  • There will be a separate fee for attending the optional conference dinner at Wadham College

Please note: Registration fees do not include the cost of travel and hotel accommodation, which must be booked separately and by each participant. On the registration link there will be an option to book accommodation at the Postgraduate Centre of Oxford Brookes University for upto 2 nights -we have reserved a number of single ensuite rooms at a very low price. The capacity is limited to the first 100 bookings. If you wish to opt for alternative accommodation, please note that affordable rooms are snapped up early and the prices increase sharply in Oxford in the summer. Either way we highly recommend booking accommodation early.


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