2012 Daily Conference News

May 22

  • ATS 2012 International Conference by the numbersSan Francisco is one of the most popular cities for tourists from around the world because of its history and culture. It has long been one of the most popular sites for the ATS International Conference since its first visit shortly after the end of WWII. More
  • Late-Breaking Clinical Trials to be presented at special sessionResults from seven Late-Breaking Clinical Trials will be presented from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, in Rooms 2001-2003, West Building (Level 2). These studies examine treatments for ventilator-associated pneumonia, cardiac surgery associated kidney injury, septic shock, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, smoking cessation, malignant pleural effusion and non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis. More
  • Session looks at ICU of the futureA session about the "Intensive Care of the Future," may seem like a tall order, but taking a look at what's in store for ICUs is not the stuff of crystal balls and palm reading. More
  • Q&A: ATS 2012-13 President Monica Kraft, MDAn interview with Monica Kraft, MD, ATS 2012-13 President More
  • Year in Review to highlight nurse involvement in researchNurses are at the heart of the growth of interdisciplinary approaches toward treatment and research, so today's "Nursing Year in Review" will emphasize that trend with "Interdisciplinary Research: Moving From Silos to Synergy." More
  • ATS 2012 helps attendees meet MOC requirementsFor the first time, ATS International Conference attendees had the opportunity to earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) for attending regularly programmed sessions, and credits from the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) for attending postgraduate courses. More
  • Allied health professionals see greater interdisciplinary emphasisMedical treatment has evolved so a multidisciplinary team approach is the norm, not the aberration. That change is reflected at the ATS International Conference, where more allied health professionals are attending and more sessions for them are offered. More
  • Quality improvement at ATS 2012More than 100 quality improvement (QI) research projects are being presented at ATS 2012. In fact, ATS International Conference attendees can learn about more QI projects than ever during two poster discussion sessions and a symposium today and Wednesday. More
  • Sessions focus on critical care, pulmonary, sleep medicineOne of the great strengths of the ATS International Conference is that it's multidisciplinary. Throughout ATS 2012, you can immerse yourself in a wealth of offerings within the Society's three pillars—pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. More
  • Sessions to feature research and clinical trialsLearn the latest findings from several studies, including Ancillary Studies of the American Lung Association Asthma Clinical Research Centers, U.S. Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Network, Sleep Heart Health Study and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Consensus Conference during several Wednesday sessions. More
  • Newly established award honors Jo Rae WrightMonica Kraft, MD (right), ATS 2012-13 president, presents Julie Ledford, PhD, (left) with the Jo Rae Wright Award for Outstanding Science, one of seven awards presented during an awards ceremony Sunday evening. More
  • ATS 2012 research is in the newsThe ATS 2012 International Conference has been in the news the past few days as major publications across the U.S. and around the world have published articles about research and educational sessions presented at the conference. More
  • Women’s Forum recognizes award recipientAnne Dixon, MD (right), chair of the ATS Membership Committee, presented the Elizabeth A. Rich, MD, Award to Pamela L. Zeitlin, MD, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, during the ATS Women's Forum Monday. More
  • Take in Non-CME Industry SymposiaThe ATS encourages Non-CME Industry Symposia in conjunction with the International Conference. All full-conference participants are encouraged to attend these programs. More
  • New grants available for PH researchThe ATS Foundation is pleased to offer three new awards in pulmonary hypertension. More
  • Pick up free NIOSH spirometry materialsThe National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is offering free spirometry posters and guides in the Clinicians Center in the Exhibit Hall. Both are intended to help improve the quality of spirometry testing. More
  • Call for input ATS 2013The American Thoracic Society's 2013 International Conference will be held May 17-22, in Philadelphia. Planning for the conference is underway, and the ATS is seeking input for the scientific/medical program in all areas of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. More
  • Be sure to attend Industry Theaters and Mini-TheatersHave lunch while listening to the latest clinical updates from supporting companies related to pulmonary, critical care or sleep medicine. Daily Industry Theaters and Mini-Theaters are available today in the Exhibit Hall. All include a complimentary boxed lunch provided by ATS (while quantities last). More
  • Merck official advocates collaboration between academia, industryWhile those in academia and industry seek to ameliorate disease, the relationship between the two can be tenuous. More
  • Calendar of special eventsTUESDAY 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Last day to visit the Exhibit Hall More

May 21

  • Early AIDS treatment centered in San FranciscoA physician who witnessed the evolution of AIDS treatment took a heartfelt look back on the disease during the Saturday evening Opening Ceremony. More
  • Editors examine importance of six recent studiesThe editors-in-chief of two leading medical publications addressed the importance of six recently published studies during the Sunday session "Discussion on the Edge: Reports of Recent Pulmonary Research Published in The New England Journal of Medicine and The Journal of the American Medical Association." More
  • Foundation event recognizes research awardeesWith the 20th Century Fox theme song's crescendo of music as an introduction, the Foundation of the ATS kicked off its Fourth Annual ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit on Saturday evening. More
  • Q&A: ATS President Nicholas S. Hill, MDNicholas S. Hill, MD, discusses the Society's accomplishments over the past year and some of the directions set during his tenure as president. More
  • Fellows Track Symposium returns to ATS 2012Designed to help those at the beginning of their careers stay abreast of the latest scientific and clinical advances in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, the Fellows Track Symposium has become a big draw at the International Conference. More
  • Sessions focus on critical care, pulmonary, sleep medicineOne of the great strengths of the ATS International Conference is that it's multidisciplinary. Throughout ATS 2012, you can immerse yourself in a wealth of offerings within the Society's three pillars—pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. More
  • Four to receive awards for scientific accomplishmentsAs the premier gathering of clinicians and scientists committed to advancing pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, the ATS International Conference is an important venue for recognizing individuals who are leaders in these fields for their extraordinary contributions to and achievements in lung disease research, treatment and prevention. More
  • ATS assemblies and sections meet at ATS 2012Most of the Society's assemblies and sections are holding their annual meetings today. All members and other interested parties are encouraged to attend these meetings to receive updates on activities, vote for future leaders and provide input on future directions. More
  • Behavioral science assembly marks 20th anniversaryThe impact of basic, clinical and translational science advances on medical treatment over the past two decades has been tremendous, but behavioral science also has played a key role in improved clinical outcomes for patients. The ATS Behavioral Sciences and Health Services Research Assembly marked its 20th anniversary and reflected on its growth during its membership meeting Sunday night. More
  • Calendar of special eventsTODAY 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Academic Day Center for Fellows and Junior Professionals Room 130, North Building, Moscone Center More
  • Diversity Forum looks at life-work balanceEstelle Gauda, MD, chair of the ATS Minority Trainee Travel Awards Committee, was among a group of panelists who shared their perspective on work-life balance with attendees of Sunday's Diversity Forum. More
  • Patients glean guidance from lung expertsPeople with lung diseases, critical illnesses and sleep disorders learned how to gain a better quality of life during the ATS Public Advisory Roundtable's patient-friendly "Breathing Better with the ATS" and "Meet the Expert" events Saturday. More
  • Sessions to feature research, clinical trialsLearn the latest findings from several studies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Etiology of Pneumonia in the Community Study, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease-Clinical Research Network Clinical Trials, and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Severe Asthma Research Program during several sessions today. More
  • Take in Non-CME Industry SymposiaThe ATS encourages Non-CME Industry Symposia in conjunction with the International Conference. All full-conference participants are encouraged to attend these programs. More
  • Be sure to attend Industry Theaters and Mini-TheatersHave lunch while listening to the latest clinical updates from supporting companies related to pulmonary, critical care or sleep medicine. Daily Industry Theaters and Mini Theaters are available today and Tuesday in the Exhibit Hall. All include a complimentary boxed lunch provided by ATS (while quantities last). More
  • Foundation of the American Thoracic Society thanks 2011 contributors for their supportThe ATS Foundation is pleased to recognize its generous donors who contributed to the Foundation's annual campaign from Jan. 1, 2011, to Dec. 31, 2011. More

May 20

  • ATS 2012: New features enhance learningWith more than 500 sessions, 800 speakers, and 5,800 scientific abstracts and clinical case reports, the ATS International Conference offers a broad spectrum of topics for you to learn about developments in many fields or concentrate on a specific area. With new topics, perspectives, learning formats and networking opportunities, ATS 2012 offers unparalleled learning opportunities. More
  • ATS 2012 at your fingertipsUse your smartphone to plan your ATS 2012 International Conference schedule. To download the free app for your iPhone, iPad or Android, just search for "ATS 2012" in the iTunes store or in Google Play. More
  • Conference hails San Francisco’s medical contributionsJohn Luce, MD, is a pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of AIDS, caring for patients with AIDS at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) since the earliest days of the epidemic. His research at SFGH included studying intensive care unit outcomes of AIDS patients and the ethical issues raised by the AIDS epidemic. More
  • Q&A: ATS Executive Director Stephen C. CraneAn interview with Stephen C. Crane, PhD, MPH, executive director of the ATS More
  • Seven 2012 award recipients to be honored at ceremony this afternoonAs the premier gathering of clinicians and scientists committed to advancing pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, the ATS International Conference is an important venue for recognizing individuals who are leaders in these fields for the extraordinary contributions to and achievements in lung disease research, treatment and prevention. More
  • JAMA, NEJM editors lead forums on pulmonary medicine, critical careEditors from two of medicine's most respected journals—the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)—will share their insights during two ATS International Conference forums. More
  • Sessions focus on pulmonary, critical care, sleep medicineOne of the great strengths of the ATS International Conference is that it's multidisciplinary. Throughout ATS 2012, you can immerse yourself in a wealth of offerings within the Society's three pillars—pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. More
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis challenges examinedThere is good news and bad news about idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. In the U.S., no drugs are approved to treat this ultimately lethal condition, but there is movement on the research front. More
  • ATS assemblies and sections meet at ATS 2012The Society's assemblies and sections will hold their annual meetings today and Monday. All members and other interested parties are encouraged to attend these meetings to receive updates on activities, vote for future leaders and provide input on future directions. More
  • Be sure to attend Industry Theaters and Mini-TheatersHave lunch while listening to the latest clinical updates from supporting companies related to pulmonary, critical care or sleep medicine. Daily Industry Theaters and Mini Theaters are available today, Monday and Tuesday in the Exhibit Hall. All include a complimentary boxed lunch provided by ATS (while quantities last). More
  • Calendar of special eventsToday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. "Industry and Private Practice Day" Center for Fellows and Junior Professionals, Room 130, North Building, Moscone Center More
  • Networking opportunitiesCenter for Fellows and Junior Professionals 7 a.m.­-4:30 p.m. Today-Tuesday Room 130, North Building (Lower Level), Moscone Center More
  • Attendee feedback fuels Exhibit Hall offeringsWhether you are a clinician or a researcher, the Exhibit Hall provides the means to help improve your practice, investigations and, ultimately, patient care. More
  • Meet the professor presenters delve into nuances of diseaseA longtime favorite for ATS International Conference attendees, the meet the professor seminars feature speakers who hone in on topics within their scope of clinical care and research expertise. More
  • Sessions to feature research and clinical trialsLearn the latest findings from several studies, including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) TB Trials Consortium (TBTC), TB Epidemiologic Studies Consortium (TBESC) and the Infant Study of Inhaled Saline in Cystic Fibrosis during several sessions today. More
  • Donor Appreciation Suite opensInternational Conference attendees who have contributed $250 or more to the Foundation of the American Thoracic Society's Funds for the Future campaign since June 1, 2011, are invited to relax, grab a beverage and check e-mails in the Foundation's Donor Appreciation Suite (formerly the Hospitality Suite). More
  • Junior and senior poster facilitators foster talentWhen Madison Macht, MD, attended the ATS International Conference in Denver last year, the second-year fellow in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado, Denver, went with much anticipation. More
  • ATS 2012 faculty reminded of COI disclosureFaculty for CME-accredited sessions at the Society's 2012 International Conference in San Francisco are reminded of the importance of onsite conflict of interest (COI) disclosure and management. More
  • Take in Non-CME Industry SymposiaThe ATS encourages Non-CME Industry Symposia in conjunction with the International Conference. All full-conference participants are invited to attend these programs. More
  • Resources abound at ATS CenterVisit the ATS Center in the Exhibit Hall, your one-stop-shop for all things ATS. At the Center you can: More
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