Pediatric Non-invasive Positive Airway Pressure Therapy at Home: Past, Present and Future

Keynote Speaker:
Reshma Amin MD, FRCPC, MSc

This plenary session is dedicated to Dr Carole Marcus, a pioneer and visionary in the field of pediatric sleep medicine. She was an incredible role model for young scholars, collaborators and colleagues. This session will discuss the evolution of domociliary pediatric non-invasive positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy over the years from the first description of its use for pediatric OSA to its current widespread use for disorders of central origin, neuromuscular and chest wall disorders as well as primary respiratory diseases. The indications, technical and safety considerations as well as potential complications and challenges will be discussed. This session will review where we have come from and comment on where pediatric PAP therapy is headed in the future.

Dr. Amin is a Clinician-Investigator, Staff Respirologist and Sleep Physician in the Department of Paediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. Dr. Reshma Amin obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada and her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toronto, Canada. She completed both her Paediatric Medicine and Clinical Respirology Fellowship training at SickKids, Toronto, Canada. This was followed by a two year research fellowship and concurrent Masters in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto. She then undertook training in Sleep Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia under the supervision of Dr Carole Marcus. Her research program is focused on advancing clinical care and reducing morbidity and mortality of children receiving long-term ventilation at home as well as those with sleep disorders and medical comorbidities. She is the co-editor and first author of the Canadian Thoracic Society’s Paediatric Long-term Ventilation clinical practice guidelines. She has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and has received over 25 peer-reviewed grants/salary awards. Dr Amin is also the proud mother of three children: Aishi age 9, Yasmin age 6 and Jai, 4 months.