May 20, 2013

Symposium Addresses Occupational Lung Diseases

Occupational 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.

Working Group Meets on Fibrosis

To 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.

Foundation Event Recognizes Gerard Turino

With 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.

JAMA, NEJM Editors Lead Forums on Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care

Editors 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.

Q&A: ATS President Monica Kraft, MD

Q: 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.

Visit the Exhibit Hall

Compare 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.

ABIM Campaign Calls on Physicians to Choose Wisely

Preliminary 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.

Opening Ceremony Looks at the History, Future of ATS

On 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.