Dear friends and colleagues,
On behalf of the Organising Committee, it is my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to the 8th Asia Pacific Region Conference (“APRC”) of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (“The Union”) organised by the Hong Kong Tuberculosis, Chest and Heart Diseases Association.
While the COVID pandemic continues its unfortunate course and prevented us from hosting the event in the beautiful city of Hong Kong, we embrace such opportunities by providing an innovative virtual conference covering various lung related topics, i.e. COVID-19, tuberculosis, tobacco control, and non-communicable lung diseases under the main theme “Lung health – New challenges in COVID-19”. Regardless of where we are at the moment, we share a passion to end the suffering from tuberculosis and lung diseases. We believe that the conference will foster the development of knowledge through global research and enhance the exchange of information around the globe. Finally, all of us can turn our passion, knowledge and experience into actions on local level, extend to regional level, to make our world a better place to live.
I look forward to your participation in this innovative virtual conference, and to another productive and insightful meeting with great scientists, medical practitioners and health professionals from countries around the world, especially the Asia Pacific Region.
Dr. Vitus Leung