We are delighted to invite you to McGill University-MUHC Adult Respiratory Medicine Division 32nd Annual Doctor Dorothy Wiselberg Seminar which will take place May 31, 2019.


This is a free endowed conference in respiratory diseases in memory of Doctor Dorothy Wiselberg.  One of the first female physicians to work in the area of pulmonary diseases in Montreal, she was based at Montreal Chest Hospital - now Montreal Chest Institute, where her work focused on tuberculosis.


This year, our conference is devoted to Neuromuscular Disorders and Respiration with the following general goals:


General Objectives

Participants will gain knowledge of:

  • current diagnostic modalities for most common neuromuscular disorders (NMD)
  • the role of genetic testing in common NMD
  • current and investigational therapies for key NMD, and how this changes disease evolution and prognosis
  • pathophysiology and management of swallowing dysfunction and aspiration pneumonia in NMD
  • how home mechanical ventilation has evolved over the last century, regarding technology, indications, and utilization patterns in different countries
  • how to interpret a home bi-level device or ventilator “download” to ensure optimal ventilator support in the home setting
  • the benefits of lung volume recruitment and secretion management techniques in NMD
  • practical aspects of initiation and follow-up of mouthpiece ventilation
  • the pathophysiology of diaphragm dysfunction in the ICU based on current literature
  • the current and emerging role of diaphragm ultrasound, particularly in the ICU setting
  • utility and pitfalls of phrenic nerve and diaphragm EMG studies as diagnostic tools
  • indications for diaphragm pacing pros and cons of diaphragm pacing in various specific disorders



Anticipated Practice Outcomes

Participants will be able to apply gained knowledge on current diagnostic and management tools for neuromuscular diseases (NMD), to better understand prognosis with modern management tools, and be  able to manage their patients by more appropriately prescribing relevant tests, therapies and judicious referrals.


We look forward to seeing you May 31, 2019 at Wiselberg Seminar

MUHC Glen Site:  1001 Decarie Blvd, Montreal QC  H4A 3J1

2019 Wiselberg Seminar Organizing Committee

Basil Petrof, Director, Meakins-Christie Laboratories, McGill University       

Marta Kaminska, Medical Director, Quebec National Program for Home Ventilatory Assistance


Seminar is free but registration is required by clicking the registration tab above.

Information: 514-934-1934 ext. 32153

May 31 2019

Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
1001 Boulevard Décarie
Montréal, Québec
Canada, H4A 3J1

March 12, 2019 00:00 EDT to May 27, 2019 23:45 EDT
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