ERS International Congress 2020: highlights from the Epidemiology and Environment Assembly.

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van der Plaat D. A., Rantala A. K., Alif S. M., Karadoğan D., Cai Y., Dumas O.

ERJ open research, vol.7, 2021 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1183/23120541.00849-2020
  • Journal Name: ERJ open research
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, BIOSIS, EMBASE, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


In this article, early career members of the Epidemiology and Environment Assembly of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) summarise a selection of five sessions from the ERS 2020 Virtual International Congress. The topics covered include risk factors for chronic respiratory diseases over the life course, from early life origins to occupational exposures in adulthood, and the interplay between these risk factors, including gene-environment interactions. Novel results were also presented on smoking prevention and potential risks of vaping. Finally, the challenges and opportunities for epidemiological and environmental research brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic were a major topic of this year's congress.