Minority Respiratory Diseases

1st Andalusian Conference on Minority Respiratory Diseases

It will take place on March 3 and 4, 2023 in the Multipurpose Room of the San Cecilio Clinical University Hospital (free attendance until full capacity).

Organized by: The Pulmonology Service of the San Cecilio Clinical University Hospital and the Pulmonology Service of the Virgen del Rocío University Hospital.

On the occasion of the World Day for Rare Diseases, last Tuesday, February 28, emblematic buildings and monuments scattered throughout various cities in Spain were illuminated to give visibility to people who live with minority pathologies.

Minority respiratory diseases represent approximately 3% of all rare diseases (www.orpha.net) and, as in other rare diseases, delays in diagnosis and uncertainty about it are very common due to difficulties in professionals to accumulate experience on rare diseases or access leading specialists in these diseases.

For the whole of the European Union, a rare disease will be one that does not affect more than 227,000 people.

If it is estimated that there are between 7,000-8,000 diseases that affect 6-7% of the general population, in the European Union between 27-30 million people could be affected, in Spain between 2.5-3 million people and in Andalusia, approximately 500,000 people.


From Andalusia, the Pulmonology Services of the HU Clínico San Cecilio in Granada and the HU Virgen del Rocío in Seville, have come together to carry out this 1st Andalusian Conference on Minority Respiratory Diseases.

The 1st Andalusian Day of Minority Respiratory Diseases is celebrated

In accordance with the World Day for Rare Diseases, an event has been organized that will take place on March 3 and 4 in the Assembly Hall of the HU Clínico San Cecilio in Granada.

Meeting attendees

This Conference is aimed at pulmonology, digestive, pediatrics and nursing professionals interested in rare respiratory diseases (alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and cystic fibrosis), has the endorsement of the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery (SEPAR), the Association of Pulmonology and Thoracic Surgery of the South (NEUMOSUR), as well with the endorsement and with the participation of the Alfa-1 Spain Association and the Andalusian Association of Cystic Fibrosis.

The proposed initiatives are the following:

  • Basic training on alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) and cystic fibrosis (CF).
  • Provide resources, strategies and skills to pulmonology, paediatrics, digestive and nursing professionals for the approach to patients with AATD and CF.
  • Know the vision of patients and their associations with minority respiratory diseases and specifically AATD and CF.
  • Work as a team with patient associations to enhance their work to support those affected, improve the knowledge of society and institutions about respiratory diseases and encourage research.


Program of the 1st Conference on Minority Respiratory Diseases

Friday, 3rd of March

  • 15–16:40 Work lunch
  • 16:45– 17 h. Opening

Manuel Reyes Nadal. Director gerente del H.U. Clínico San Cecilio
Manuel Gallardo Medina. Jefe Servicio de Neumología. H.U. Clínico San Cecilio
Esther Quintana Gallego. Jefa Servicio de Neumología. H.U. Virgen del Rocío
Francisco Casas Maldonado. Coordinador Unidad FQ Adultos y Centro Andaluz Alfa-1 del H.U. Clínico San Cecilio.

17–18 h. Importance of patient registries in the investigation of minority respiratory diseases

Moderator: Casilda Olveira Fuster

  • 17:00 – 17:30. European Registry of patients with Cystic Fibrosis

Esther Quintana Gallego. Head of the Pneumology Service, HU Virgen del Rocío

  • 17:30 – 18:00. Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency : EARCO
  • Francisco Casas Maldonado. Coordinator of Centro Andaluz Alfa-1 Granada

18–19 h. Importance of inhaled antibiotic therapy in chronic bronchial infection in Cystic Fibrosis.

Moderadora: Casilda Olveira Fuster

Silvia Merlos Navarro. Unidad de Fibrosis Quística de Granada. H.U. Virgen de las Nieves.

Saturday, 4th of Marcho

9-10:30 h. Multidisciplinary Units in Rare Diseases (1)

Moderators: Casilda Olveira Fuster Francisco Casas Maldonado

  • 9-9:30 h. Rare Diseases Unit del H.U. Clínico San Cecilio
  • Pilar Giner Escobar. Head of the Internal Medicine Service, HUC San Cecilio
  • 9:30–10 h. AATD and Cystic Fibrosis
  • José Luis López-Campos. Coordinator of H.U. Virgen del Rocío
  • 10–10:30 h. AATD and liver disease

Manuel Romero Gómez.Director of the Digestive System Intercentre Unit of the hospitals Virgen del Rocío y Virgen Macarena.

10:30–11 h. Coffe Break
11–12:30 h. Multidisciplinary Units in Rare Diseases (2)

Moderadoras: Yolanda González Jiménez y María López López

  • 11–11:30 h. CF and digestive affectation

Andrés Barrientos Delgado. Digestive Service. H.U. Clínico San Cecilio

  • 11:30–12 h. El pediatra en la detección precoz del DAAT

Silvia Castillo Corullón. Fundación de Investigación del HCU de Valencia INCLIVA

  • 12-12:30 h. The pediatrician in the early detection of CF

Alfredo Valenzuela Soria. Unidad FQ Pediátrica. HU Virgen de las Nieves.

12:30-14 h. Minority Respiratory Diseases and Associations

Moderadores: Casilda Olveira Fuster y Francisco Casas Maldonado

  • 12:30 – 13:15 h. Alfa-1 Spain Association: The associative environment in diseases

Mariano Pastor. Presidente Asociación Alfa-1 España.

  • 13:15 –14 h. The Andalusian Association of Cystic Fibrosis and the vision

Cristina Bobo Ruíz (Psicóloga AAFQ).
Diego Ogayar Luque (Adulto FQ).
Mª José Funes Acosta (Madre FQ).

14–14:10 h. Closing of the Conference

Manuel Gallardo Medina, Esther Quintana Gallego y Francisco Casas Maldonado

14:15-16 h. Work lunch

Jornada de Reconocimiento y aval científico




Source: Junta de Andalucía


Centro Andaluz Alfa-1