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Francesco Blasi, MD, is Professor of Respiratory Medicine, Head of Department of Pathophysiology and Transplantation University of Milan, Director of Cardio-Thoracic Unit IRCCS Fondazione Cà Granda Ospedale Maggiore Milan, Italy. He is also Director Adult Cystic Fibrosis Section of the Lombardia Regional referral CF Center and was President of European Respiratory Society (ERS) 2012-13.

Professor Blasi has published more than 200 papers on international journals. He is member of the Editorial Boards of Pulmonary Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Associate Editor), Respiratory Research (Associate Editor), Clinical Respiratory Journal (Associate Editor), Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease (Associate Editor), COPD (Associate Editor).

His research interests include pneumonia, tuberculosis and lung transplantation research trials. He is also interested in the role of antibiotics in the treatment of COPD exacerbations, bronchiectasis and Cystic Fibrosis. He is also actively working on the effects of atypical bacteria infection on cellular immunity in chronic bronchitis, and the role of atypical and viral infection in asthma onset.

Professor Blasi has served on ERS-ESCMID guidelines on LRTIs and is member of the European Respiratory Society, The American Thoracic Society and the Italian Respiratory Medicine Society (President elect 2015-2016).