In memoriam: Professor Sohei Makino, a founding member of GINA

GINA is sad to report the passing of Sohei Makino, Emeritus Professor at Dokkyo Medical University in Japan. Professor Makino passed away on August 4, 2020 at the age of 89 years. Professor Makino had an outstanding career, conducting research and providing important contributions in the fields of asthma pathophysiology. By focusing on eosinophils, he …

Are the 2019 Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) strategy recommendations applicable to the Canadian context?

Read the “Canadian Journal of Respiratory, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine’s article,  “Are the 2019 Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) strategy recommendations applicable to the Canadian context?”  A conversation between the Canadian Thoracic Society Asthma Assembly and Professor Helen Reddel, Chair of the GINA Scientific Committee. ARTICLE APPEARS IN CANADIAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY, CRITICAL CARE, …

GINA 2019 recommendations about reliever medications in Steps 3-5

We have become aware that the GINA 2019 recommendation for ‘Preferred reliever’ in Steps 3-5 is sometimes being misinterpreted. Please note the following important information. In the GINA 2019 treatment figure for adults and adolescents (Box 3-5A), Steps 3-5 show the medication options for patients with moderate to severe asthma in whom modifiable causes of …

Respiratory Groups Call for an End to Preventable Pneumonia Deaths

world pneumonia day call to action

In support of World Pneumonia Day, 12 November, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), of which Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) is a member, calls for an end to preventable pneumonia deaths, ensuring equitable access to interventions for prevention and control of pneumonia. Every minute, two children die from pneumonia, representing 16 percent of …

World Lung Cancer Day 2019

Respiratory groups raise awareness about lung cancer risks, screening, and treatments Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, 1 August 2019 On World Lung Cancer Day, Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) alongside members of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) commemorates, celebrates and supports those impacted by lung cancer. FIRS continues to …

BRN Reviews: The Impact of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA): Compass, Concepts, Controversies and Challenges

Barcelona Respiratory Network (BRN) Reviews Abstract: “The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) was established in 1993 to provide a global asthma strategy, adaptable to the needs of different countries. Over the past five years, GINA has initiated substantial changes in key concepts about asthma and its management, and in the structure and content of the …

Difficult-to-Treat and Severe Asthma Guide

GINA has added an important addition to the resources that we offer to assist practitioners treating patients with asthma. A new Pocket Guide, “Diagnosis and Management of Difficult-to-treat and Severe Asthma in adolescent and adult patients” is now available on the GINA website, and print copies may be ordered via the “Contact Us” form on …

Understanding Thunderstorm Asthma: Prevention and Treatment Methods

Thunderstorm Asthma Prevention & Treatment

On November 21, 2016 a thunderstorm swept across southern Australia causing significant, widespread respiratory issues for many of those in the area. These health problems were triggered by a rare combination of risk factors causing what is known as “Thunderstorm Asthma.” According to a 2016 article by CNN’s James Griffiths and Reed Alexander published just …