May 18, 2015

Opening Ceremony Blends ATS Highlights and Humor

The ATS 2015 International Conference opened with a mix of highlights of the Society’s programs and standup comedy Saturday evening as ATS leaders reviewed milestones and recognized a variety of accomplishments before The Daily Show Senior Correspondent Aasif Mandvi offered his punchy take on science, politics, and race.

ATS Discoveries Series Today: Lung Regeneration, TB

Today’s Discoveries Series lectures will cover lung regeneration and tuberculosis. The lectures, which will chart seminal clinical and scientific breakthroughs, will be given concurrently from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. The Discoveries Series is presented in celebration of the American Thoracic Society’s 110th anniversary.

Q&A: ATS President Thomas Ferkol, MD

An interview with ATS President Thomas Ferkol, MD.

Four to Receive Awards for Scientific Accomplishments

Celebrate the achievements of four expert researchers during the Recognition Awards for Scientific Accomplishments from 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. today in Room 107/109/111/113 (Street Level) in the Colorado Convention Center.

These awards are given to individuals for outstanding scientific contributions in basic or clinical research to the understanding, prevention, and treatment of lung disease.

Symposium Examines Global Threat of Air Pollution

Air pollution inflicts a huge burden of illness—from respiratory problems caused by asthma, COPD, and lung cancer to non-respiratory issues brought on by coronary artery disease, hypertension, and cancer.

ATS Develops Decision Aid for Lung Cancer Screening with CT

In February, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued its final coverage policy for CT lung cancer screening under Medicare, allowing coverage of annual low-dose CT lung cancer scans for beneficiaries who meet specific criteria.

Donors Dance and Dine in Support of Respiratory Research

ATS 2015 attendees gathered for a special evening reception Saturday when the ATS Foundation kicked off its Seventh Annual ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit.

ATS PAR Forum Connects Patients, Experts

Saturday’s ATS Public Advisory Roundtable (ATS PAR) gave patients and family members the opportunity to spend a half-day meeting with experts in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine, and the popularity of the forum is catching on. Attendance increased to 248 this year from 190 at ATS 2014.

Sleep Apnea Session Delves into New Approaches for Patient Selection

Presenters of a Monday afternoon scientific symposium will discuss the state of the art of personalized medicine for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Programs for Early Career Professionals Grow

The ATS Fellows Track Symposium, Resident Boot Camp, and Student Scholars Program have become a huge draw for early career professionals, with this year’s attendance at 405, representing a 61 percent increase from last year.