2014 Daily Conference News

May 20

  • MOC Takes Center Stage at ATS 2014More than 450 attendees are taking part in the ATS 2014 Adult and Pediatric Clinical Core programs to earn American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Medical Knowledge Points and American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Part 2 Self-Assessment Credits. Participants can take their post-tests in the Learning Lab adjacent to the Clinicians Center in Lobby D (Ground Level) San Diego Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Wednesday. More
  • True Tales of Heroism and Adventure Planned for Today’s PlenaryToday's Plenary Session “Lessons from My Journey” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 6 A (Upper Level) San Diego Convention Center will feature the extraordinary stories of Paul Quinton, PhD, and John West, MD, PhD, both of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. More
  • What are you Looking for in the Exhibit Hall to Help You at the Bench or Bedside?Question of the Day More
  • Patients Share Perspectives During SymposiaPatients and their families are central to the mission, activities, and programs of the ATS, and throughout ATS 2014, attendees have a chance to hear from 20 patients who are providing their experiences and unique insight at symposia. More
  • Q&A: ATS 2014-2015 President Thomas Ferkol, MDAn interview with Thomas Ferkol, MD, ATS President-Elect. More
  • UCSD Team to Share Expertise in Care of CTEPHChronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension is a life-threatening condition in which the clinical approach continues to evolve. ATS 2014 will shed light on the diagnosis, treatment and management of this condition during “Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension and UCSD: Going Beyond 3,000 PTEs” from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 6 B (Upper Level) of the San Diego Convention Center. More
  • Speakers to Share Tele-Technology Strategies for COPD ManagementAs clinicians and those who fund health care attempt to increase access and build capacity, approaches that can facilitate care without additional patient travel are of great interest. The symposium “Tele-Technology in the Management of COPD” from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in 11 A-B (Upper Level) San Diego Convention Center, will explore the growing role of tele-technology for patients with chronic respiratory disease. More
  • TB Study: African-Americans Diagnosed More Quickly Than WhitesThe time from onset of tuberculosis to diagnosis is longer in whites versus African-Americans, according to a study presented Monday during “Update from CDC's TB Epidemiologic Studies Consortium and TB Trials Consortium.” More
  • Guest Bloggers Covering ATS 2014Guest bloggers are sharing their experiences of the ATS 2014 International Conference in San Diego through the ATS's Facebook page (facebook.com/americanthoracic), where all members and attendees are encouraged to connect online. Please “like” us to follow along and to post your photos and thoughts. This year's guest bloggers are ATS Members in Transition and Training Committee members Monica Campo-Patino, MD; Humam Farah, MD; Jeremy Richards, MD; and Tanmay Panchabhai, MD. 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 2014 Journal & Magazine Annex between the entrances of Hall F and G in the San Diego Convention Center. The following publications will be on display until Wednesday afternoon: More
  • Get Free Online Access to Best of ATS Conference Session PresentationsThe ATS offers one year of free complimentary access* to more than 200 hours of select Scientific Symposia session presentation webcasts to all Full Conference Registrants of the 2014 International Conference. More
  • Denver Sets Stage for ATS 2015Denver's clean, thin air, and sunny climate were considered beneficial for those with tuberculosis, making it a destination for respiratory research early on. That history led to the development of medical institutions such as the University of Colorado, Aurora, the University of Colorado, Denver, and National Jewish Health, and their staffs of renowned researchers and clinicians. More

May 19

  • Young Professionals Pack Education ProgramsThe future of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine arrived early in San Diego to take part in programs for trainees at ATS 2014. In addition to the highly successful Fellows Track Symposium and Medical Student Scholars Program this year, the ATS introduced the Resident Boot Camp to meet the needs of young medical professionals and students and support the pipeline of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep specialists. More
  • Opening Ceremony Reflects on Health EqualityWhen Patricia W. Finn, MD, became ATS president a year ago, she called for the Society to step up its efforts to reduce health care disparities. During the ATS 2014 Opening Ceremony on Saturday, Dr. Finn reflected on the progress that has been made throughout the Society. More
  • Opportunities Await in Clinical Trials Awareness AreaThe Clinical Trials Awareness Area outside of the Exhibit Hall in Lobby D is connecting attendees with organizations looking to recruit investigators for pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine clinical trials in progress. More
  • Q&A: ATS President Patricia W. Finn, MDQ: During the Opening Ceremony, President's Symposium, and throughout the International Conference, we have learned about how the respiratory community is addressing health equality. What steps need to be taken to ensure that this initiative will continue for many years to come? More
  • Lancet, AJRCCM Editors Lead ForumLancet Senior Executive Editor Sabine Kleinert, MD, and American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine Editor in Chief Jacob I. Sznajder, MD, will co-moderate “Lancet/The Lancet Respiratory Medicine and the AJRCCM. Reports on Recent Research on Asthma, Sepsis and Air Pollution” from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 1 A-B (Upper Level) San Diego Convention Center. Irina Petrache, MD, chair of the ATS International Conference Committee, also is a co-moderator. More
  • Sleep Sessions Examine Clinical TrialAn ATS 2014 scientific symposium today and a mini-symposium on Tuesday morning will shed light on the growing number of clinical trials in pulmonary sleep medicine. More
  • Symposium Looks at Role of Blood Disorders, Transfusions in Pulmonary ComplicationsAsymposium today will look at emerging concepts in pulmonary vascular disease related to blood disorders, transfusion-associated cardiopulmonary complications, acute lung injury, and sepsis. “Red, White, and Blood: The Heme-Pulmonary Circulation Axis of Inflammation, Injury, and Hemolysis” will be presented from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in Ballroom D (Upper Level) San Diego Convention Center. More
  • Speakers Offer Pros, Cons for EHRs in Respiratory Practice, ResearchToday's session “Harnessing the Electronic Health Records in Respiratory Disease” will offer attendees a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities for patient care using EHRs and how EHRs can be integrated within clinical respiratory practice and research. More
  • Faculty Development Seminars Provide Tools for Academic CareersThose in the early stages of their careers will gain insights into successful academic careers from experts during the new Faculty Development Seminars from 7 to 8 a.m. today and Tuesday in Room 410 A-B (Level 4) Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Developed by the ATS Members In Transition and Training Committee, the seminars are tailored to clinical and research fellows, postdoctoral fellows, residents, and junior faculty pursuing academic careers in pulmonary, allergy, critical care, and/or sleep medicine. Registration is required. More
  • Expert Panel Unravels ILD Cases in New Web Video SeriesThe Society, in collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., has released the ATS Video Case Study Series, a collection of online case studies that were developed to provide education for clinicians about the diagnosis of interstitial lung diseases, idiopathic interstitial pneumonias, and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and test their knowledge and competence. The videos are available at the ILD Education Center. More
  • Patients Connect with ExpertsLeaders in the care and research of pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, lung transplantation, scleroderma, sarcoidosis, sleep disorders, and others greeted patients and families during the Meet the Experts forum Saturday at ATS 2014. More
  • Donors Dance and Dine in Support of Respiratory ResearchATS 2014 attendees gathered for a special evening reception Saturday when the ATS Foundation kicked off its Sixth Annual ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit. More
  • ATS Foundation Thanks 2013 Contributors for Their SupportThe ATS is pleased to recognize its generous donors who contributed to the Foundation's Funds for the Future Annual Campaign from Jan. 1, 2013, to Dec. 31, 2013. 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 Room 33 A-C (Upper Level) San Diego Convention Center. More

May 18

  • ATS 2014: Advancing Science and CareWelcome to the American Thoracic Society's 2014 International Conference. With more than 500 sessions, 800 speakers, and 5,700 original research abstracts and case reports, you have the opportunity to learn about an array of topics in adult and pediatric pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine, and to delve into specific clinical or scientific interests of your choosing. More
  • ATS President’s Symposium Speakers Offer Science, Lessons and Inspiration in Addressing Health EqualitySince the start of ATS President Patricia Finn's term last year, the ATS has engaged in an initiative to address health equality. For the President's Symposium from 2 to 4:30 today in Room 6 F (Upper Level) San Diego Convention Center, “Launching Today's Science Towards Tomorrow's Care: Local and Global Health Equality,” Dr. Finn has invited four leaders and experts from organizations who will provide an international perspective on the topic More
  • ATS Exhibit Hall: Where Basic Science and Clinical Medicine MeetThe Exhibit Hall is a vast extension of the ATS 2014 educational experience as it presents the unique opportunity for attendees to learn firsthand from the developers of the latest therapies, medical devices, publications, and research services. More
  • Recipients of 2014 Respiratory Health Awards Given by the ATS to be Honored in Afternoon CeremonyAs 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. The following individuals will be honored at an awards ceremony from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. today in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center. More
  • Q&A: ATS Executive Director Stephen C. Crane, PhD, MPHAn interview with Stephen C. Crane, PhD, MPH, ATS Executive Director More
  • ATS Assemblies and Sections Meet at ATS 2014The Society's assemblies and sections will hold their annual Membership Meetings today and Monday at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. All members and other interested parties are encouraged to attend these meetings. More
  • Where to Gather, Meet New Colleagues, and NetworkEach year, about 14,000 clinicians, researchers, and medical professionals from public and private institutions, academia, and industry from around the world gather to exchange ideas at the conference. More
  • No Waiting in Line at the ATS Foundation Donor Appreciation SuiteATS 2014 International Conference attendees who have contributed $300 or more to the ATS Foundation between June 2013 and May 2014 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, Sail Pavilion, upper level in the San Diego Convention Center. More
  • Download the New ATS 2014 App for Apple and AndroidThe new ATS 2014 app for smartphones and tablets is now available in the Apple App store and Google Play. Plan your itinerary by searching sessions by keyword, author, and title and upload it to your calendar. 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 the ATS (while quantities last). More
  • ATS Center Returns with Expanded OfferingsVisit the ATS Center in Booth 4139 in the Exhibit Hall, where you'll find a variety of new offerings for ATS 2014. More
  • Comprehensive Year in Review Tracks Bring Attendees up to SpeedAdult and pediatric clinicians and nurses will have the opportunity to review the past year's literature on clinical and research topics with expert presenters in the popular series “Clinical Year in Review,” “Nursing Year in Review,” and “Pediatric Year in Review.” These tracks present the perfect opportunity for attendees to gain comprehensive knowledge of the latest advances in their fields. More
  • Take on the ATS Twitter Scavenger Hunt for a Chance to Win an iPadThink you know everything there is to know about the American Thoracic Society? Test your knowledge for a chance to win a free iPad in the ATS Twitter Scavenger Hunt, which begins at 9 a.m. today. More
  • Fellows Present Challenging Cases Before ExpertsIn two sessions today, fellows and junior faculty will present unique cases before experts in their respective fields. The first will be the “Fellows Case Conference” from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m., which will be followed by “Great Cases: Clinical, Radiologic, and Pathologic Correlations by Master Physicians” from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Both will be in 20 B-C (Upper Level) San Diego Convention Center. More
  • Take in Non-CME Industry Symposia at ATS 2014The ATS encourages Non-CME Industry Symposia in conjunction with the International Conference. All full-conference participants are encouraged to attend these programs. More
  • Symposium to Look at State of the Art in Lung MicrobiomeRecent advances in the understanding of microbial communities and their roles in respiratory health and disease have brought new light to the lung microbiome. The symposium “The Lung Microbiome in 2014: State of the Art and Science,” from 2 to 4:30 p.m. today in 5 A-B (Upper Level) San Diego Convention Center, will look beyond the single pathogen-host paradigm. More
  • ATS Extends a Warm Welcome to International ParticipantsWith nearly half of all ATS International Conference attendees coming from outside the U.S., this gathering truly represents the international perspective. And for international participants like Daniel Obaseki, MD, MPH, the conference provides a venue to gain knowledge about research best practices, collaborate with experts, seek guidance from mentors, and develop leadership skills. More
  • Faculty Reminded of COI DisclosureIn addition to completing a preconference disclosure questionnaire, the 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