Noam A. Cohen, M.D., PhD
Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at the Veteran´s Administration Medical Center
Director, Rhinology Research, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Otorhinolaryngology
Chair of the Otorhinolaryngology Resident Research Committee, University of Pennsylvania Department of Otorhinolaryngology
The lecture entitled “The role of cilia in microbial detection and clearance, from genetics to biofilms” will review the basics of mucociliary clearance and the disruption of this important innate defense mechanism in chronic rhinosinusitis. Recent data will then be discussed demonstrating the role of ciliary receptors in detecting and eliminating microbes. Lastly, the genetics of this receptor class will be reviewed supporting the role of polymorphisms of these receptors in susceptibility to upper airway microbial infection.
The lecture entitled “Topical therapies for CRS” will review the use of various topical irrigations, from various antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and wound healing agents in the management of the different manifestations of chronic rhinosinusitis.