Welcome to the Malaysian Thoracic Society Annual Congress 2021 (MTS 2021)! It is a great pleasure for me to welcome friends and colleagues to this year’s annual congress from 2nd till 5th December 2021.
2020 was a difficult year. COVID-19 has transformed healthcare in various ways. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been many new developments and advances in the field of Respiratory Medicine. Therefore, our scientific committee has put together a remarkably programme to keep us up to date on the latest advances in Respiratory Medicine. With this, we hope that all delegates, including medical officers, general practitioners, and allied health professionals, will benefit from the programme.
Our programme will cover key topics in Respiratory Medicine, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchial Asthma, Pulmonary Infections (with special focus on COVID-19 and long COVID), Lung Cancer, Tuberculosis, Sleep Disordered Breathing, Interstitial Lung Disease and Pulmonary Vascular Disease. We have also included special symposia on Primary Care and Beyond the Lungs that would discuss on topics such as approach to chronic cough, management of allergic rhinitis and metabolic syndrome in patients with lung diseases. Our panel of international and local experts will also present the latest updates in scientific research and discussed on the latest hot topic of COVID-19. Besides that, we will have an interactive Multi-disciplinary case discussion on post-COVID care as well as an interesting debate on the current hot topic of COVID-19 vaccination. All delegates are encouraged to submit abstracts to MTS 2021 and participate in the Oral and Poster presentation sessions. The Best Oral/Poster presenters will be awarded during the exciting Congress Dinner on 4th December 2021.
I believe that MTS 2021 will provide ample opportunities to delegates to interact and network for future collaboration while updating themselves on the latest advances in Respiratory Medicine.
Once again, on the behalf of the MTS Executive Committee and Congress Organising Committee, I welcome you to our Malaysian Thoracic Society Annual Congress 2021 (MTS 2021). Looking forward to meeting all of you in person in December 2021!
Dr Tan Jiunn Liang
Organising Chairman, MTS 2021