The Asthma Center was built in 1989 under the guidance of Drs. Larry Lichtenstein and Phil Norman. The Symposium was first held in the Spring of 1990 (it moved to the fall the following year).
The Division's annual fall symposium provides a unique opportunity for
scientists from Johns Hopkins, other universities, and from the
pharmaceutical industry, to meet and to hear several world experts talk
about topics associated with asthma and allergy, and to exchange ideas among
the attendees. The year's topic "Airway remodeling: from nose to lung" will
examine how different cell and tissue types in the entire airway are
affected by chronic inflammation. Airway diseases, such as asthma and COPD,
are characterized by alterations in tissue structure (remodeling),
including: the epithelial layer, throughout the mucosa, and extending into
other areas such as airway smooth muscle, vasculature, nerves and connective
tissue. Inflammation-induced alterations in these structures will be the
topic of discussion by this year's speakers.