2017 Daily Conference News

May 23

  • Watch: Tuesday at ATSATS President David Gozal, MD, MBA, discusses Monday highlights at ATS 2017. More
  • ATS 2017: By the NumbersAs of Monday afternoon, the Society reported more than 17,000 members and visitors from 102 countries have registered for ATS 2017 here in Washington, DC. More
  • Keynote Series: Speakers to Examine TB, Cancer Trials, Climate Change, HIF-1The final two days of the ATS Keynote Series will feature presentations on managing tuberculosis, how precision medicine affects lung cancer trials, a geological perspective on climate change, and the effects of low oxygen levels on several illnesses. More
  • Does Trade Policy Affect Health Care?The volatile political climate has stirred up concerns about potential changes to multinational trade agreements, including those affecting health care systems. An expert in international trade policy and law will explore the ramifications of those changes during his presentation at Tuesday’s Plenary Session. More
  • Lab Coats for LungsJoin the Society’s leadership for a rally at the U.S. Capitol from 5:30-6:30 p.m. today. More
  • Hospital President Focuses on Joy, FulfillmentThe journey from a small town in Ohio to becoming the first female president of Baltimore's John Hopkins Hospital was not a straight line for Redonda Miller, MD. The road had curves and potholes, but she proved adept at navigating them, a talent she uses daily to juggle a challenging career with motherhood. More
  • Outstanding Achievements: Three to Receive Awards at Plenary SessionThree ATS members will be honored for outstanding work and achievement during the ATS Plenary Session Tuesday. More
  • Leading the WayATS President-Elect Marc Moss, MD, has established goals for ATS to assert its leadership at home and abroad. More
  • ATS Uses its Scientific Expertise to Counter Opposition and New ChallengesThe American Thoracic Society is a respected voice for public policies that help our members and the patients they serve. More
  • Researchers Get Help With Clinical TrialsFour ATS 2017 exhibitors are introducing products and services to help collect and analyze data during clinical trials. These products and services include imaging analysis, animal and cell-based models to assess lung fibrosis targets, well-defined source materials, and an instrumentation system to measure respiratory signals. More
  • Question of the Day: Are You Seeing the Effects of Climate Change in Patients?The ATS Daily Bulletin asked ATS 2017 attendees, "Are You Seeing the Effects of Climate Change in Patients?" More
  • Discovery Quest WinnersPlay Discovery Quest on the ATS 2017 mobile app for a chance to win one of five iPad Minis awarded each day. Visit participating exhibitors and answer the questions correctly for your chance to win. More
  • New Treatments for Pneumonia, SepsisA promising treatment for sepsis made mainstream news in March when a doctor in Virginia reported success in treating patients using intravenous vitamin C, hydrocortisone, and thiamine. More
  • Devices Enable Lung Volume ReductionDevices for bronchoscopic lung volume reduction could be approved for use in the United States within the next year. Learn the latest on the devices, patient selection, and integrating these therapies with lung transplantation during Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction: Is It Finally a Reality? More
  • High School Senior to Present ResearchA New York high school senior will present her research on engineered nanoparticles as a potential drug delivery system for lung disease during a Poster Discussion Session Tuesday. More
  • Session to Investigate Developments Leading to Improved Diagnosis of Lung DiseaseThe role and the utility of thoracic imaging in lung disease are evolving rapidly. From the recent approval of lung cancer screening using CT to advances in the quantification of vascular damage in COPD, imaging is moving to center stage in the evaluation and treatment of lung disease. More
  • COPD’s Growing BurdenCOPD, a leading cause of death in the U.S. and around the world, is not just a smoker’s disease. More
  • Obesity the Enemy of Lung FunctionObesity is an epidemic that is tied to a variety of health conditions, but evidence is mounting that it may be linked to changes in lung function, asthma, and sleep. A conversation about obesity last year led several pediatric physicians to develop an ATS 2017 session to examine those links. More
  • Proteostasis: A New Understanding About Age-Related DiseasesThree ATS assemblies have joined forces to examine “the most interesting thing happening in the world of science as related to lung pathophysiology”—proteostasis, a mash-up of the words protein and homeostasis that refers to the second, and lesser-known, part of the protein life cycle. More
  • 2017 ATS Assembly AwardsThe ATS presented several Assembly awards this year. View the list of award recipients. More
  • Non-CME Symposia Offer Learning OpportunitiesThe ATS encourages ATS 2017 attendees to participate in any of several Non-CME Symposia on Tuesday. More
  • Lunch and LearnThe learning continues at ATS 2017 through lunch with Industry Theaters and Mini Industry Theaters Tuesday in the Exhibit Hall. Enjoy a complimentary boxed lunch provided by the ATS (while quantities last) as you listen to the latest clinical updates from supporting companies related to pulmonary, critical care, or sleep medicine. More
  • Learn About NIH Government Programs, FundingThe ATS International Conference is introducing the NIH Theater, presenting government-focused sessions that are a great educational opportunity for attendees looking for insight from the National Institutes of Health. More
  • Join Burst Sessions in Guru BarsNew to the ATS International Conference are Guru Bars, which are designed to offer participants quick-burst learning opportunities. Each Guru Bar seats 25 participants to create a dynamic, intimate group with lots of interaction. More

May 22

  • Watch: Monday at ATS 2017ATS President David Gozal, MD, MBA, discusses Monday highlights at ATS 2017. More
  • Education, Innovation, and Networking at ATS 2017See some of the great education and activities we have planned for the week in this brief video. More
  • Take Action: Rally at the CapitolJoin ATS members and leaders to make your voices heard during a one-hour rally on Capitol Hill Tuesday afternoon. ATS Rally at the U.S. Capitol: Lab Coats for Lungs will start at 5:30 p.m. at Upper Senate Park, across Constitution Avenue from the U.S. Capitol and Delaware Avenue from the Russell Senate Office Building. More
  • Technology on DisplayThe ATS Exhibit Hall is home to the latest technology developments, and those advances go beyond hardware to include software and research related to improving outcomes. ATS 2017 attendees are taking advantage of learning about technology developments both at exhibit booths and in presentation arenas, such as the Guru Bars, Industry Theaters, and NIH Theater. More
  • Keynote Series: Patient Safety, CF ResearchThe ATS Keynote Series continues Monday with addresses on patient safety and the latest research on cystic fibrosis—both presented by leaders in their fields. More
  • Filling the Gap: NIMH Chief Calls for Minority PhysiciansA former refugee who fled Cuba as Fidel Castro took power is now leading the drive of the National Institutes of Health to grow minority trainee development and the study of conditions that affect minorities of various backgrounds. More
  • ATS Faces Challenges as Policies ChangeATS Executive Director Stephen C. Crane, PhD, MPH, explains how the Society is dealing with political changes affecting major issues such as health care, research funding, environmental policy, and international cooperation. More
  • Join the Movement: ATS Advocacy and Rally Hit the StreetsThe American Thoracic Society advocates on all levels of the federal government for its members and the patients they serve. Advocacy volunteers are vital to this work in Washington, DC, as well as in members’ local communities and Thoracic Society Chapters. International Conference attendees are invited to weigh in on policies that help improve public health by becoming involved in ATS advocacy efforts. More
  • Bear Cage WinnerSanghyuk Shin, PhD, was named the winner of the ATS BEAR (Building Education to Advance Research) Cage competition. Earlier this year, early career investigators submitted research proposals to the ATS BEAR Cage competition for a chance to win a $5,000 grand prize. More
  • Taking the Lead on Lung Cancer: ATS, Pulmonologists Tackle Roles in Research and TreatmentThe Cancer Moonshot aims to conquer cancer, and the American Thoracic Society aims to guide the battle against lung cancer. More
  • President’s Symposium to Examine the Role of Epigenetics in Respiratory DisordersProgress is made one symposium at a time, according to ATS President David Gozal, MD, MBA. With progress toward precision medicine in mind, Dr. Gozal will focus the President’s Symposium on the role of epigenetics in respiratory disorders. More
  • The COPD Treatment Debate: Studies Changing Approaches to Managing PatientsCOPD may be a familiar problem, but approaches to treating COPD are anything but common or predictable. In fact, the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease released a new treatment strategy earlier this year. More
  • Understanding the Role of the TMERajkumar Savai, PhD, spoke with the ATS Daily Bulletin about the Monday symposium he is co-moderating, which will explore what researchers have learned about the lung tumor microenvironment. More
  • ATS Emerging Leaders Program Starts at ATS 2017Warren Bennis, the management consultant who pioneered the field of leadership, once said that the idea of the natural-born leader was a “dangerous myth” and that the opposite was true: “Leaders are made rather than born.” More
  • Managing Pulmonary EmbolismsMore than 800,000 patients each year in the United States have pulmonary embolisms, and multiple specialties deal with them. A variety of clinical scenarios fuel an ongoing debate about how to manage these patients because pulmonary embolisms occur in so many different situations. More
  • The Blue Journal Looks Back on an Evolution From TB and Forward to Modern ResearchIn 1917, the United States ended its isolationism by entering World War I. The same year, a new medical journal, the American Review of Tuberculosis, was launched to share research on a disease that was as great a scourge as the war. A century later, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine is celebrating 100 years of evolution from that original focus on tuberculosis. More
  • Red Journal Submission ProcessesThe editors of the American Journal of Respiratory Cell Molecular Biology—the Red Journal—will present an overview of the journal status, including a summary of its scientific scope, the editorial process, and current journal statistics. More
  • Lunch and LearnThe learning continues at ATS 2017 through lunch with Industry Theaters and Mini Industry Theaters on Monday and Tuesday in the Exhibit Hall. More
  • Learn About NIH Government Programs, FundingThe ATS International Conference is introducing the NIH Theater, presenting government-focused sessions that are a great educational opportunity for attendees looking for insight from the National Institutes of Health. More
  • Join Burst Sessions in Guru BarsNew to the ATS International Conference are Guru Bars, which are designed to offer participants quick-burst learning opportunities. Each Guru Bar seats 25 participants to create a dynamic, intimate group with lots of interaction. More
  • ATS Foundation Thanks 2016 ContributorsThe ATS Foundation is pleased to recognize our generous donors who made gifts between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016. More

May 21

  • Watch: Sunday at ATSATS President David Gozal, MD, MBA, discusses Sunday highlights at ATS 2017. More
  • Early Childhood Social Intervention Directly Impacts Health and SuccessInvesting in early childhood education for socially and economically disadvantaged children makes sense. Every dollar invested in early childhood development returns between $7 and $13 annually in improved physical and mental health, more education, higher income, and reduced crime over the succeeding decades. More
  • PAR Encourages Patients to Take ChargePatients should not be the passive victims of their diseases and conditions. Instead, they should act as the quarterbacks of their treatment teams to improve their outcomes. More
  • Welcome to ATS 2017!On behalf of the ATS International Conference Committee, I am pleased to welcome you to ATS 2017. It is wonderful to be meeting in Washington, DC, the city that 113 years ago hosted the first conference of the American Sanatorium Association, which became the American Thoracic Society in 1960. More
  • ATS Unveils InitiativesThe ATS continues its efforts to impact health care and policies domestically and around the globe. The ATS president and president-elect outlined those efforts in addresses Saturday evening during the ATS 2017 Opening Ceremony. More
  • ATS Foundation Recognizes Work of David CenterOn Saturday, David Center, MD, was recognized for his long service as a clinician, investigator, and teacher as he received the Breathing for Life Award at the Ninth Annual ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit at the Marriott Marquis Washington. More
  • Getting an Early Start on LearningThousands of health care professionals see the ATS International Conference as an opportunity to expand their knowledge. Several hundred of them arrived early to jump-start their learning with programs for early career professionals. More
  • ATS Recognizes Three Physician-ScientistsThree physicians were recognized Saturday during the Opening Ceremony for their contributions to pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. In addition, a Presidential Award was presented. More
  • Exhibitors Showcase Clinical Trial Experience, ProductsClinical trial investigators can learn about research opportunities at ATS 2017 by visiting exhibitors currently involved in trials. Nine exhibitors are featured in the Exhibit Hall and in the Clinical Trials Awareness Area. The area is in Concourse B of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. More
  • Household Air Pollution Expedites Decline in Respiratory HealthHousehold air pollution from burning biomass is a known problem in developing nations, where food often is prepared over these fires. However, North America also has indoor pollution problems, particularly in homes near highways, with improperly ventilated gas fireplaces, or where wood is burned for heat. Speakers will examine health issues related to pollution during a Sunday symposium. More
  • Implementation Science Reduces Lag Between New Science and Clinical PracticeTranslating evidence-based care into sustainable clinical practice can take years of concerted effort. Using implementation science methods can help reduce the lag time between those two steps that transform the treatment of patients. More
  • Wearable Health Technology Races Forward and Into the FutureWearable technology, data collection, and reporting devices worn by patients on the go is the next frontier in clinical research and treatment. A host of new devices and communications technologies are poised to transform the ways researchers, clinicians, and patients collect and use data to improve patient care and outcomes. More
  • The Changing Face of Cystic FibrosisCystic Fibrosis didn’t even have a name until 1936. That was when Dorothy Hansine Andersen, MD, recognized the disparate symptoms of CF as a single syndrome and eventually gave it a name. More
  • ATS Stays in Step With the TimesATS President David Gozal, MD, MBA, looks back at his tenure in ATS leadership, in which he has used his previous experience traveling the world to expand the impact of ATS. More
  • Four to be Recognized During Sunday Awards SessionFour renowned physicians and researchers will be honored during Sunday’s Awards Session, featuring the Amberson Lecture and the presentation of the Trudeau Medal and two Distinguished Achievement Awards. More
  • Forums Focus on Diversity, Role of Women in MedicineTwo popular forums that celebrate diversity and the role of women in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine will take place Sunday and Monday. A plated lunch will be served at both events. More
  • New Technology at ATS 2017ATS is leveraging new technologies to improve your experience at the International Conference. These include new functionalities on the conference app, use of beacon technology to facilitate attendee traffic flows and session attendance, and a web-based audience response system that will make sessions more interactive. More
  • The Exposome Encompasses Human Environmental Exposures, Revealing Insights Into Lung FunctionResearchers and clinicians have long recognized that environmental exposures affect lung function and dysfunction. But lung cancer, interstitial lung disease, asthma, or other chronic conditions are seldom the result of a single exposure. Susceptibility to lung disease is the cumulative effect of a lifetime of exposures from in utero through childhood and into the adult years. More
  • COI Disclosure ReminderThe ATS requires that all faculty members speaking at CME-accredited International Conference sessions prepare and show conflict of interest disclosure slides at the beginning of their presentations. More
  • Personalize Your ATS 2017 ExperienceThe ATS International Conference features a variety of centers that offer networking and learning opportunities specifically for clinicians, researchers, early career professionals, and international attendees. These centers all provide avenues to build connections that can lead to joint research projects, referrals, jobs, grants, and published papers. More
  • ATS Center Is Info CentralTap in to the educational information and career-enhancing opportunities available through the American Thoracic Society by stopping by the ATS Center. The ATS Center can be found in the Exhibit Hall at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall A (South Building, Lower Level). More
  • Get Social at ATS 2017Maximize your ATS 2017 experience by sharing your thoughts and experiences on social media. Also watch for your colleagues’ posts and blogs. More
  • Ramp Up Your Social Media PostsJoin the conversation on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat and by tagging your photos and posts with #ATS2017. Follow these simple tips to make the most of all of your posts. More
  • Bloggers Add Color, InsightFour physicians and a patient advocate attending the ATS International Conference will share their experiences through blogs. They will post their thoughts on the ATS Community on Facebook. More
  • Earn MOC Points, CME CreditsThe American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics have changed how MOC points can be awarded. MOC points are now equivalent to the number of CME credits. ATS 2017 attendees can still earn at least as many MOC points as in past years. More
  • Researchers Pitch Proposals in BEAR CageAttend the Building Education to Advance Research Cage competition this afternoon to hear the top three finalists selected by the DDDD Committee defend their submitted research proposals in competition for a $5,000 grand prize. More
  • What’s Next for CTD-ILD? Seeking Better Diagnosis and Management Options for Patients Beyond ImmunosuppressionImmunosuppression is the standard treatment for patients with connective tissue disease associated with interstitial lung disease. However, different approaches toward diagnosis and management are on the horizon. Those developing approaches will be explained using case studies during a Monday symposium. More
  • Lunch and LearnThe learning continues at ATS 2017 through lunch with Industry Theaters and Mini Industry Theaters on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, in the Exhibit Hall. More
  • Learn About NIH Government Programs, FundingThe ATS International Conference is introducing the NIH Theater, presenting government-focused sessions that are a great educational opportunity for attendees looking for insight from the National Institutes of Health. More
  • Join Burst Sessions in Guru BarsNew to the ATS International Conference are Guru Bars, which are designed to offer participants quick-burst learning opportunities. Each Guru Bar seats 25 participants to create a dynamic, intimate group with lots of interaction. More
  • Workshops Offer Hands-On ExperienceGet hands-on education and skill-building expertise in these valuable 90-minute learning opportunities with medical device companies and manufacturers. More