2013 Daily Conference News

May 21

  • Attendees Embrace MOC OpportunitiesMore than 500 ATS 2013 attendees are taking part in the ATS Adult Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Core Curriculum Maintenance of Certification Modules and the Pediatric Core Curriculum MOC Modules. More
  • ATS Plenary to Feature Conversations with LuminariesATS luminaries Gerard "Gerry" M. Turino, MD, and Jonathan M. Samet, MD, MS, will join ATS leadership on stage for a special conversation about the Society and the larger respiratory community, past and present, during the ATS Plenary Session at 11:30 a.m. today in the Grand Ballroom (above Grand Hall) in the convention center. ATS President Monica Kraft, MD, and President Elect Patricia W. Finn, MD, have prepared questions for what should be a lively and collegial discussion. More
  • Find Clinical Trials Information at ATS 2013Clinicians looking to take part in the process of discovery and development of new drugs and devices will have many opportunities during ATS 2013 to connect with industry exhibitors to learn more about the latest clinical trial recruitment and research. More
  • An Interview with Patricia W. Finn, MD, ATS President-ElectQ: Your agenda for the coming year will focus on health equality. Can you briefly describe this concept and how the Society might address it? A: I would describe my leadership style as collegial and collaborative. As such, I would like to call on the members for input in tac-kling the very broad issue of health equality, to which I feel passionately and personally connected. More
  • Lancet, ATS Delve into Tobacco BurdenThe Lancet in collaboration with the ATS will update ATS 2013 attendees on tobacco control policies in the U.S., Europe, and Asia during a Tuesday afternoon scientific symposium, C91 “The Global Burden of Tobacco Related Lung Disease.” More
  • Alpha-1 Marks 50-year MilestoneThe landmark discovery of Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency came 50 years ago, and the ATS will pay tribute to that discovery during a Wednesday symposium, "Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency: The Next 50 Years." More
  • Women’s Forum Recognizes LareauAnn Dixon, MD (right), chair of the ATS Membership Committee, presented the Elizabeth A. Rich, MD, Award to Suzanne Lareau, RN, MS, of the University of Colorado College of Nursing, Aurora, during Monday's Women's Forum. More
  • Pediatric Year in Review Looks at Treatment StrategiesFrom common to rare diseases and conditions, the presentations at Tuesday's "Pediatric Year in Review" will give attendees both new treatment strategies and scientific breakthroughs in the management of children with cardiopulmonary disease. The review will be from 2 to 4 p.m. in Terrace Ballroom II (400 Level) Pennsylvania Convention Center. More
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Pocket Guide AvailableThe ATS is pleased to announce the availability of a new pocket guide based on the 2011 ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT statement, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Diagnosis and Management. More
  • Symposium to Address Role of Obesity in Critical IllnessWith nearly a third of the U.S. population considered obese, the challenges of obesity affect nearly every aspect of medicine. More
  • Sessions to Feature Research and Clinical TrialsLearn the latest findings from several studies and organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Epidemiology of Pneumonia in the Community study, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Inner City Asthma Consortium, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Division of Lung Diseases Specialized Centers of Clinically Oriented Research Program, and the COPDGene study. All sessions are from noon to 1 p.m. More
  • Calendar of Special EventsToday 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. PCC3-Pediatric Clinical Core Curriculum Sleep and Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia More
  • Future ATS International ConferencesMay 16-21, 2014 San Diego More
  • Last Chance to Pick up Copies of Medical Journals and MagazinesPick up free copies of leading medical journals and news magazines at the ATS 2013 Journal & Magazine Annex between the entrances of Hall A and B in the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The following publications will be on display until Wednesday afternoon: More
  • Free Access to Conference WebcastsATS has arranged to provide 12 months of free access to 2013 International Conference webcasts as a benefit of your ATS 2013 conference registration.* More

May 20

  • Opening Ceremony Looks at the History, Future of ATSOn Saturday, attendees gathered for the ATS 2013 Opening Ceremony, which paid homage to host city Philadelphia—the birthplace of American medicine—and recounted the Society's illustrious history. ATS leaders also shared their vision for the future of the Society. More
  • ABIM Campaign Calls on Physicians to Choose WiselyPreliminary guidelines for critical care and pulmonary medicine, which focus on seven commonly used tests or procedures whose necessity should be questioned and discussed, will be unveiled for the first time in public during the ATS and ABIM joint symposium, "Choosing Wisely" (©ABIM Foundation Symposium): Top Ways to Reduce Low Value Care in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine," from 8:15 to 10:45 a.m. Monday in Room 107 A-B (100 Level) Pennsylvania Convention Center. More
  • Visit the Exhibit HallCompare products and services, take part in interactive demonstrations, and learn from leading experts in the ATS Exhibit Hall, the venue devoted to the latest therapies, medical devices, publications, and research services. The Exhibit Hall is open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Tuesday in Hall A-B (200 Level) Pennsylvania Convention Center. Visit these exhibitors and others for hands-on demonstrations. More
  • Q&A: ATS President Monica Kraft, MDQ: When you became president last year, you said one of your goals was to initiate an Implementation Medicine Task Force. What's the charge of this task force? A: Many members and I feel that it's important for the Society to have a better understanding of how its science and guidelines translate to patient care. 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 and the New England Journal of Medicine—will share their insights during two ATS International Conference forums. More
  • Foundation Event Recognizes Gerard TurinoWith the theme song from the film "Rocky" as an introduction, the Foundation of the ATS kicked off its Fifth Annual ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit on Saturday evening. More
  • Working Group Meets on FibrosisTo build on the momentum of previous meetings regarding fibrosis research, representatives from academia, industry, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and patient advocacy groups took part in the Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology Assembly Working Group on Lung Fibrosis at ATS 2013 on Sunday afternoon. More
  • Symposium Addresses Occupational Lung DiseasesOccupational lung diseases have long challenged physicians, but expert speakers in Monday morning's symposium on “Surveillance, Early Detection, and Prevention of Occupational Lung Diseases” will give ATS International Conference participants an in-depth look at a wide range of conditions and disease. The program will be from 8:15 to 10:45 a.m. in Grand Ballroom E (Level 5) Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. More
  • Gibbons Addresses State of NHLBINational Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Director Gary H. Gibbons, MD, provided an important outlook on the state of affairs at the $3 billion institution—the third largest at the National Institutes of Health—as well as his vision of collaboration with the Society during the President's Symposium yesterday. More
  • FTS Delivers Wide Range of ExpertiseOn Friday and Saturday, ATS fellows listened and asked questions during 17 faculty presentations on clinical issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep disorders, including sepsis, COPD, lung cancer, asthma, and pulmonary arterial hypertension. More
  • Sessions to Feature Research and Clinical TrialsLearn the latest findings from several studies and organizations. All sessions are from noon to 1 p.m. More
  • Don’t Miss: Clinical Year in ReviewExpert presenters will continue to examine the latest advances in disparate areas during the "Clinical Year in Review" sessions, which begin at 8:45 a.m. today, 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, and 8:45 a.m. Wednesday in the Grand Ballroom (above the Grand Hall) Pennsylvania Convention Center. More
  • Four to Receive Awards for Scientific AccomplishmentsCelebrate the achievements of four expert researchers during the Recognition Awards for Scientific Accomplishments from 2 to 4 p.m. today in Hall 114 (100 Level) Pennsylvania Convention Center. More
  • ATS PAR Forums Connect Patients with ExpertsPatients are at the heart of the Society's mission, and on Saturday about 200 patients and advocates met with prominent pulmonologists during the annual free ATS Public Advisory Roundtable forums "Meet the Expert" and "Breathing Better with the ATS" at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Lunch and oxygen refills were provided. More
  • ATS 2013 Medical Student Scholars ProgramATS Secretary-Treasurer Atul Malhotra, MD (far right), poses with the ATS 2013 Medical Student Scholars, medical students invited to attend ATS 2013 free of charge from the Temple University School of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and Thomas Jefferson University—Jefferson Medical College. More
  • Diversity Forum Promotes EmpowermentDuring Sunday's ATS 2013 Diversity Forum, Juan C. Celedón, MD, DrPh, imparted his wisdom in a heartfelt discussion, "A Young Man's Dream." He described how his upbringing in Columbia and his relationships with family, friends, and colleagues helped him along his path in life. More
  • Calendar of Special EventsToday 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. PCC2-Pediatric Clinical Core Curriculum: Interstitial Lung Disease and Diffuse Alveolar Hemorrhage Syndromes Lecture Hall 114 (100 Level) Pennsylvania Convention Center More
  • Test Drive the Latest AppsAttendees will now have the opportunity to browse the latest iPad apps from leading publishers while connecting with colleagues in the new ATS 2014 Networking Nooks in the Exhibit Hall. More

May 19

  • ATS 2013: Getting What You Came ForWith more than 400 sessions, 800 speakers, and 5,300 original research abstracts and case reports being presented and the educational offerings for clinicians and scientists greater than ever before, the ATS 2013 International Conference offers unprecedented access to brilliant minds and discoveries in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. More
  • NHLBI Director to Connect with ATS 2013 AttendeesATS 2013 attendees have the unique opportunity to gain firsthand insight from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Director Gary H. Gibbons, MD, during the President's Symposium and Diversity Forum today and at a presentation at the Science and Innovation Center and Women's Forum on Monday. More
  • Exhibit Hall Opens TodayThe ATS Exhibit Hall is your resource to engage with more than 190 manufacturers and organizations. Learn about the latest therapies, medical devices, publications, and research services when the Exhibit Hall opens its doors with complimentary coffee at 10:30 a.m. today in Hall A-B (200 Level) Pennsylvania Convention Center. More
  • Q&A: ATS Executive Director Stephen C. CraneQ: Medical societies have come a long way from their origins as guilds seeking to control and enhance their area of practice. How has the ATS distinguished itself in this respect? A: Historically, one role of the ATS and other medical societies was to disseminate knowledge through journals and conferences to their members. More
  • Nine 2013 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
  • Sessions to Feature Research and Clinical TrialsPatient Centered Outcomes Research Institute; U.S. Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group; Kaiser Permanente; American Lung Association; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program; Department of Veterans Affairs; ATS Program of Research; Asthma Clinical Research Centers; More
  • ATS Assemblies and Sections Meet at ATS 2013The Society's assemblies and sections will hold their annual Membership Meetings today and Monday. All members and other interested parties are encouraged to attend these meetings. More
  • Calendar of Special EventsToday 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. PCC1-Pediatric Core Curriculum: Asthma Room 103 B-C (100 Level) Pennsylvania Convention Center More
  • Years in Review Bridge Science and Patient CareThe ATS International Conference theme—"Where Today's Science Meets Tomorrow's Care"—sets the tone for the largest gathering of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep clinicians and researchers in the United States. These six words illustrate how planners have developed vital programming that translates science into patient care. More
  • Foundation Donor Appreciation Suite Adds Concierge Services at ATS 2013ATS 2013 International Conference attendees who have contributed $250 or more to the ATS Foundation's Funds for the Future campaign from June 1, 2012, to May 22, 2013, are invited to relax, grab a bite to eat, check emails, and use the Internet free of charge in the ATS Foundation's Donor Appreciation Suite, Room 112 A-B (100 Level) Pennsylvania Convention Center. More
  • Science and Innovation Center Geared to Basic, Translational ResearchersOn the heels of its popular debut last year, the Science and Innovation Center will return with interactive sessions by experts on a variety of topics of interest to researchers and scientists, including Gary H. Gibbons, MD, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. More
  • Faculty Reminded of COI DisclosureIn addition to completing a preconference disclosure questionnaire, the ATS requires that all faculty speaking at CME-accredited International Conference sessions prepare and show conflict of interest disclosure slides at the beginning of their presentations. These slides ensure that the ATS complies with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements for disclosure to learners. More
  • Catch up with Your Global ColleaguesInternational and national attendees can catch up, and meet thoracic and respiratory society officers and members from around the world at the Global Community in the Exhibit Hall and the International Participants Center in Room 104 A-B (100 Level) Pennsylvania Convention Center, which will host the Reception for International Participants at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday. 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 Industry 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 the ATS (while quantities last). More
  • Networking and Ultrasonography Demonstration Central to Clinicians CenterConveniently located between the posters and exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall, the Clinicians Center in Hall C (200 Level) Pennsylvania Convention Center allows interprofessional clinicians—physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and respiratory therapists—to meet, relax, learn, and gather information and resources. More
  • ATS 2013 at Your FingertipsUse your smartphone to plan your ATS 2013 International Conference schedule. To download the free app for your iPhone, iPad, or Android, just search for "ATS 2013" in the iTunes store or in Google Play. More
  • Resources Abound at ATS CenterVisit the ATS Center in the Exhibit Hall, your one-stop shop for all things ATS. At the ATS Center, you can: More
  • Looking to Launch or Transition into a New Career?Visit the Center for Career Development for Expert Advice and Presentations The Center for Career Development is a networking and career development forum for physicians and other health care professionals in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine who are in training, transition, or post-fellowship. More
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