DAP3H.2021 explored the current state of science and future research directions in the definition, standardization, and optimization of metrics and evaluation of pediatric pulmonary and sleep health. The ultimate goal is to enhance respiratory and sleep evaluation in children by pulmonologists, primary care providers, and community pediatricians.
Lung health refers to physical, social and behavioral respiratory well-being, not only the absence of pulmonary disease. This multidisciplinary workshop was conceived by the Division of Lung Diseases, NHLBI, NIH, building upon a previous workshop held in 2012 that had identified the need for better definitions of lung health to facilitate recognition of early warning signs of disease with the goal of enhancing preemption and prevention.
The current workshop, Defining and Promoting Pediatric Pulmonary Health (DAP3H) was organized on March 29 and 30, 2021 to address the following perceived needs.
The goals of the workshop were to elucidate what constitutes pulmonary and sleep health in childhood, identify existing and novel metrics and measures, and describe the challenges and opportunities in widespread implementation and adherence to assessments of pediatric pulmonary health in the community.
The workshop brought together 29 panelists—community pediatricians, pediatric pulmonologists, researchers and experts in patient and family perspectives—to identify gaps and opportunities in defining and promoting pediatric pulmonary and sleep health. In keeping with the need highlighted by the recent COVID-19 pandemic, emphasis was placed on the perspective of underserved communities, inclusion of early stage investigators in the field, and exploration of cross-disciplinary partnerships. The workshop was held as a virtual meeting over two days, and invitees included suggested experts from the Workshop Planning Committee, federal participants and patients and families.
Participants identified the following potential research opportunities.
A common theme was that these potential opportunities should be guided by principles of inclusion of under-represented populations, areas with less research funding and rural communities, with an emphasis on diversity in research teams.
In summary, the workshop participants highlighted the urgency and importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to pressing research questions in the definition of Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Health and the recognition of early warning signs of disease. Continued dialogue across specialties, academia and the community will help foster and maintain collaborative team-based research.
Workshop Planning Committee, NHLBI, NIH:
Aruna Natarajan, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP
Koyeli Banerjee, Ph.D.
Josh Fessel, M.D., Ph.D.
Marrah Lachowicz-Scroggins, Ph.D.
Aaron Laposky, Ph.D.
Rhonise Simpson, B.A.
Other Federal Participants
Neil Aggarwal, NHLBI
Karen Bienstock, NHLBI
Carol Blaisdell, OD, NIH
Marishka Brown, NHLBI
Ejigayehu Demissie, NHLB
Shilpy Dixit, NHLBI
Michell Freemer, NHLBI
Sonnie Kim, NIAID
Qing Lu, NHLBI
Emmanuel Mongodin, NHLBI
Robert Tamburro, NICHD
Michael Wolz, NHLBI