World Asthma Day Talk 2021 - Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Each year we commemorate World Asthma Day to raise awareness of asthma worldwide. In Canada alone, the condition affects about 3.8 million people, 850,000 of whom are under 14 years of age. 

WHAT: World Asthma Day Talk 2021 (Webinar)

We invite you to hear from BC medical experts about the latest scientific research regarding the diagnosis and treatment of asthma for both children and adults. We will also provide you with an opportunity to interact with our experts, and ask questions of your own.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 10:00am to 11:30am PST

REGISTER FREE: Click here to save your webinar spot!


Dr. Celine Bergeron, Respirologist, VGH | Clinical Associate Professor, UBC

Dr. Connie Yang, Pediatric Respirologist, BC Childrens' Hospital

Sheridan Cooper, Asthma Patient, Victoria

Sonia Bola, RRT, CRE, Certified Asthma Educator, VGH Lung Centre

QUESTIONS? Contact Dr. Menn Biagtan at or Matthew Wong at


World Asthma Day is celebrated every May 5 to raise awareness. While asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to manage asthma to reduce and prevent asthma attacks, also called episodes or exacerbations.

This year’s theme is “Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions” and provides a call to action to address common widely held myths and misconceptions concerning asthma such as:

  • Asthma is a childhood disease; individuals will grow out of it as they age.

  • Asthma is infectious.

  • Asthma sufferers should not exercise.

  • Asthma is only controllable with high dose steroids.

The Truth is:

  • Asthma can occur at any age (in children, adolescents, adults and elderly)

  • Asthma is not infectious. However, viral respiratory infections (such as common cold and the flu) can cause asthma attacks. Or In children, asthma is frequently associated with allergy, but asthma which starts adulthood is less often allergic.

  • When asthma is well controlled, asthma subjects are able to exercise and even perform top sport.

  • Asthma is most often controllable with low dose inhaled steroid



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