DLD conference

The Difficult Lung Disease meeting series is an annual national meeting hosted by the University of Sheffield. It is a practical clinical teaching meeting focusing on case-based learning, typically in areas where management is challenging and evidence is incomplete, or knowledge is rapidly evolving.

Sheffield is proud to host the DLD meeting series. Running since 2008, it initially focused on severe asthma, but since 2010 has expanded to address any currently challenging area of respiratory medicine.

DLD 2021 is being held virtually on Thursday 21st - Friday 22nd October 2021. We have an exceptional panel of speakers, covering chronic pulmonary embolic disease, asthma, TB and NTM, interstitial lung disease, occupational lung disease, COPD, ventilation, cystic fibrosis, and cardiac disease amongst others. We have a special session on self-compassion led by Dr Kristin Neff. The meeting runs live. Talks are available after the meeting for catch-up, but our intention is that all talks will be delivered live wherever possible, to give it that interactive feeling and allow questions and answers.

Click here to see the full agenda.

The meeting is aimed at respiratory medicine specialists (consultants and SpRs), and is also of interest and relevant to specialist nurses. Sessions are led by local and national experts in disease topics, and are uniquely focused in a strong case-based teaching style.

The DLD meeting hopes also to participate in building communities, through a positive spirit of sharing stories of care and stories of delivering care. It raises money every year for charity. The meeting is free to attendees; just join in, learn, have fun, and if you will, contribute to the sponsored charity.

The meeting is supported every year by a non-entailed educational grant from GSK. We give them our sincere thanks. 12 RCP CPD credits have been awarded.

Click here to register for DLD 2021.

If you have any questions or queries about the meeting, please contact its founder and organiser, Professor Ian Sabroe at sth.dldmeeting@nhs.net


DLD supports a charity every year. The last two years, and this year, we have supported and will support the Doctors Support Network.

The Doctors’ Support Network (DSN) facilitates informal peer support for UK based doctors and medical students with mental health concerns.  A charity, founded in 1996, DSN campaigns to raise awareness, reduce stigma and influence the agenda around physician health.  

Dr Louise Freeman, DSN co-chair, said 

’DSN is extremely grateful for this fantastic, ongoing support from the Difficult Lung Disease group.  DSN doesn’t charge a membership subscription as we recognise that many medics join at a time when they are likely to have financial difficulties related to their health and we have no regular funding grants.  So substantial donations, such as yours, make a huge difference to DSN’s activities.  

DSN's current plans include increasing inclusion in the forthcoming International Conference on Physician Health by means of bursaries towards registration fees for doctors with lived experience of mental ill health and the commissioning of a short promotional film for use on DSN’s website and social media (this project is currently delayed by the pandemic).’