AJRCCM Editor to Appear in ATS 2015 Sessions

Jadwiga A. Wedzicha

The new editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Jadwiga A. Wedzicha, MD, PhD, will share her expertise at several ATS 2015 sessions this week.

Dr. Wedzicha, who took the reins of the AJRCCM from predecessor Jacob Iasha Sznajder, MD, in January 2015, has researched with continuous funding the causes and mechanisms of COPD exacerbations for the past 20 years. She will bring this background with her as she serves as moderator ofTranslating COPD Discoveries to the Clinic” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Bellco Theatre Section 3 (Street Level) Colorado Convention Center. This didactic scientific symposium will span the rapidly evolving concepts regarding the biological basis of COPD and how they are being translated into novel therapeutic approaches.

During “Defining the Academic Scholar in the 21st Century: Multiple Pathways to Success,” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, she will present “Defining Scholarship in the 21st Century: An International Perspective of COPD Research,” which will be in Room 605/607 (Street Level) Colorado Convention Center.

She also is a co-moderator of a discussion on how to interpret conflicting findings between the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute NHLBI STATCOPE (Simvastatin for the Prevention of COPD Exacerbations) and the observational effectiveness studies that informed the development of STATCOPE during “High Profile Effectiveness and Efficacy Research with Conflicting Results: Which to Believe?” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Four Seasons Ballroom 3-4 (Lower Level) Colorado Convention Center.

Finally, you can meet with Dr. Wedzicha and learn best practices of submitting articles to the ATS journals. She will lead the Early Career Researchers Group session from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday at the Center for Career Development, Room 103/105 (Street Level) Colorado Convention Center. The session is intended to help early career professionals better understand the publication process.

Dr. Wedzicha has spent more than decade in publishing. Since 2003, she has been a member of the AJRCCM Editorial Board, and she has served as an associate editor since 2013. From 2002 to 2010, she served as editor of Thorax and increased its international standing, submissions, and impact factor. She’s also served as a member of the editorial boards of the British Medical Journal, Polish Respiratory Journal, BioMed Central, and Primary Care Respiratory Journal. She was later asked to chair the European Respiratory Society Publications Committee and develop new strategies. Last year, she served as ombudsman of the Lancet.