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Breathe easy, sleep well: Obstructive sleep apnoea and brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome in humans and companion animals

May 11 @ 8:45 am - 5:15 pm

Vets and human doctors often do not have the opportunity to learn from each other and plan collaborative research and strategies to raise awareness and improve care for conditions that affect both humans and animals. This meeting aims to catalyse and encourage such collaborations.

Join us as we discuss the parallels between obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in humans and brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS), including developments that are translatable across species.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about comparative medical aspects of upper airway obstruction and its impact on sleep and health. Internationally recognised experts in OSA and BOAS will share and discuss pathophysiology, treatment, new developments and the role of parents and pet owners in recognizing and managing OSA and BOAS.

Attendees can expect to:

  • Learn about the similarities and differences in the pathophysiology of BOAS in animals and OSA in children and adults
  • Learn about developments in diagnosis and treatment – are there any translatable lessons across species?
  • Explore areas for future collaboration across medicine and veterinary medicine, in keeping with One Health
  • Consider opportunities for collaborative working to improve awareness of BOAS and OSA in non-specialist vets and doctors, in parents, pet owners and the general public
  • Discuss ethical considerations around treatment and quality of life in a range of patients who cannot speak for themselves (animals and young children)

We’ll also look to improve your awareness of the impact of even mild upper airway obstruction on sleep and wellbeing across species and to catalyse collaboration across medicine and veterinary medicine to improve standards of care and to develop comparative medical research in the field of BOAS and OSA.


The Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
London, W1G DAE
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