Complement Your Learning with Focused Seminars, Workshops, Exhibit Offerings

Expand your educational experience in Practical Workshops, Industry Theaters, and Hands-On Demonstrations in the Exhibit Hall.

By planning out your itinerary prior leaving for the ATS 2016 International Conference, you are certain to get the most out of your ATS 2016 experience. As you schedule your days with essential educational programming to fit your research and clinical needs, be sure to complement your learning by taking in sunrise seminars, meet-the-professor seminars, thematic seminar series and workshops, as well as a visit to the Exhibit Hall.

Sunrise Seminars
Wake up early for a morning of education and a continental breakfast when you attend a sunrise seminar. Choose from 57 sunrise seminars, which cover a range of issues facing specialists in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. Offered from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, May 16-18, these popular seminars fill up quickly. Pre-registration is required. The registration fee is $65.

Meet the Professor Seminars
Expert speakers at the meet the professor seminars from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, May 15-17, will provide current and historical perspectives on 51 subjects, including “The Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome (ACOS): Insights Into a New Disease Phenotype” and “Impact and Mild OSA on Cardiovascular Outcomes; A Report from the ATS SRN Task Force.” These informal, one-hour lunch sessions require pre-registration, and seating is limited.

Thematic Seminar Series
The thematic seminar series takes a cue from the sunrise and meet-the-professor seminar formats, giving participants an informal setting in which they can meet top-notch speakers. Topics will cover “Contemporary Controversies in the Diagnosis and Management of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Pro/Con Debate” and “Reducing Hospital Readmissions,” which will take place in three parts 12:15-1:15 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, May 15-17. Registrants must participate in all three parts. Seating is limited, and pre-registration is required.

Each day, two lunchtime workshops will be offered from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., for a total of eight workshops Sunday-Wednesday, May 15-18. Presenters at a Monday session will delve into “Patient-Derived Models of Human Lung Disease: A Lab Meeting,” which will examine state-of-the art methods to study chronic human lung diseases in a personalized manner and model complex interaction between different cell types and tissue components using patient-derived human samples. In the “Lab Meeting” portion, participants will have an opportunity to discuss their research problems, ideas, and questions with faculty, and learn how to translate discoveries derived from studies using patient-derived models into novel approaches to prevent and treat human lung diseases.

A session on Wednesday, “Precision Medicine in Asthma—Current Practice, Gaps, Future Directions,” will highlight the latest science that can be immediately be implemented in clinical practice, as well as identify areas of interest for future research.

Seating is limited, and pre-registration is required for the workshops, which require an additional fee.

Exhibit Hall
A large part of your ATS International Conference educational experience is the Exhibit Hall, and we’ve made a big change to the hours to better meet your learning needs. This year, the Exhibit Hall will be open from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., Sunday-Tuesday, May 15-17.

Start your day with a complimentary nutritious breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Exhibit Hall. The ATS offers a heart-healthy and light breakfast, featuring a selection of nonfat yogurts, low-fat granola, sliced seasonal fresh fruits, dried fruits, assorted low-fat muffins, low-fat cream cheese, and fruit preserves.

ATS 2016 allows plenty of time to visit the Exhibit Hall, especially since the hall is open three more hours this year. Plus, no sessions or events will conflict with your time on the floor from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. each day. During these times, freely explore the Exhibit Hall without any scheduling conflicts.

You’ll learn about the latest therapies, medical devices, publications, and research services, and have the opportunity to expand your educational in Practical Workshops, Industry Theaters, and Hands-On Demonstrations. Get connected in the ATS Center, take a break in a Networking Nook, advance your research in the Basic Science Area, have a professional headshot made, and take part in the Discovery Quest and Walking Challenge.

National Institute of Environmental Health Science’s 50th Anniversary
Globally half of the population relies on solid fuels for their everyday energy requirements. Rural households in developing and underdeveloped countries mainly use biomass fuels (wood, dung, crop wastes), which are typically burned in inefficient, poorly ventilated homes, often open fires. Women and infants in these homes have high exposures to smoke, with levels typically considered harmful to health by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the World Health Organization. The ATS applauds the NIEHS on its five decades of discoveries that help to detect, prevent, and treat a range of diseases and conditions. The Sunday, May 15 “Indoor Exposure to Biomass/Woodsmoke Exposure and Pulmonary Health,” presented in honor of the institute’s 50th anniversary, will highlight the organization’s efforts in addressing these issues, from monitoring exposure, to developing preventive measures, and interventions.

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