Meet and Network With Colleagues

The ATS 2016 International Conference offers several avenues for attendees to network with colleagues. Refer to the list below for dates, times, and locations.

Networking opportunities are a vital component of your ATS International Conference experience. These avenues for knowledge exchange foster connections that can lead to joint research projects, referrals, jobs, grants, and published papers. ATS 2016 offers attendees several areas for networking with colleagues.

2nd Annual BEAR Cage

11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Moscone Center, Room 105 (South Building, Lower Level)

Early career investigators will compete for grants before a live audience and pitch their innovative research proposals to a panel of translational science experts representing academia, industry, and governmental sectors in the second annual BEAR (Building Education to Advance Research) Cage competition.

Early career investigators who are ATS members submitted research proposals for the ATS competition, sponsored by the ATS Drug Device Discovery and Development (DDDD) Committee. The top three submissions chosen by the ATS DDDD Committee were invited to pitch their research proposals. Again this year, the panel, with audience participation, will award $5,000 to a grand-prize winner and $2,500 each to two runners-up.

Center for Career Development

7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Moscone Center, Alcove B (West Building, Level 2)

The Center for Career Development is a networking and career development forum for physicians and other health care and research professionals who are in training or have transitioned in their careers.

CCD Workshops
Noon-1 p.m.: ATS 101
1-2 p.m.: Clinical Trials
4-5 p.m.: Private Practice

Noon-1 p.m.: Early Career Group: How to Write a Paper
1-2 p.m.: Basic/Translational Career
4-5 p.m.: Negotiating a Private Practice Contract

Noon-1 p.m.: Grantsmanship: How to Get a K-Grant
1-2 p.m.: PhD Researcher/Scientist Careers
4-5: p.m.: Clinical Educators

Professional Networking Hour: All medical students, residents, fellows, post-docs, and other allied health care and research professionals are welcome to stop by from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. each day to enjoy free cocktails and appetizers.

Clinicians Center

7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Moscone Center (West Building, Level 1)

Clinicians can meet, relax, learn, and gather information and resources in the Clinicians Center. Take your MOC post-tests relating to the adult and pediatric core curriculum sessions presented at ATS 2016. Peruse resources vital to clinicians, including the Clinical Year in Review, Nursing Year in Review, Pediatric Year in Review, and Highlights for Clinicians.

Clinicians Center Events
Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Nurses Meet-and-Greet Reception.
Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Kickoff Reception for the ATS Pulmonary Function Laboratory Registry Membership Drive
Monday, 4-5 p.m.: Outstanding Clinician Award Reception for Recipient James P. Lamberti, MD
Sunday-Tuesday, 8-8:45 a.m.: ATS Keynote Series Live Streaming

Mid-Day Educational Demonstrations
Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Mechanical Ventilation: Case Studies
Monday, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Ultrasound in Pulmonary and Critical Care Emergencies
Tuesday, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Endobronchial Ultrasound Transbronchial Needle Aspirations—Improving Your Yield

New! Coding and Billing Practices in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
2:30-4 p.m.
Learn and interact with an ATS member panel of experts in the adjacent Learning Lab while you enjoy a late afternoon snack.
Monday: ATS Coding and Billing—The Basics
Tuesday: ATS Coding and Billing—Advanced
MOC Post-Tests: Take your MOC post-tests relating to the adult and pediatric core curriculum sessions presented at ATS 2016 in the Clinicians Center, where dedicated computers will be available Sunday through Tuesday.
Breakfast: A light complimentary breakfast will be available from 7:30-8:30 a.m. each day.

International Participants Center

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Moscone Center Lobby (West Building, Level 2)

The International Participants Center is designed to enhance the conference experience for participants from outside North America and provide opportunities for all participants to become more knowledgeable about ATS international activities. The center provides a place to meet with colleagues, network, or just relax during your time at ATS 2016.

A social event from 4:15 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday will recognize international participants attending ATS 2016 and the International Trainee/Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical, and Operations Research (MECOR) Scholarship awardees. All international participants, current and former International Trainee/MECOR award recipients, and colleagues are invited.

While at the center, visit with the ATS International Activities staff from the Washington office or make use of the center’s amenities, including computer stations; complimentary snacks, coffee, and soda; and space to meet with colleagues, network, or relax.

Science and Innovation Center 

7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Moscone Center (West Building, Street Level)

The Science and Innovation Center returns with networking events and presentations presented by experts eager to discuss a range of topics. Learn about research-related resources and consult informally with distinguished scientists about study design. 

The center will feature the SIC 101 series, where you’ll learn about the basic principles underpinning high-profile symposia at the conference. Sunday will bring “CRISPR 101” and “Clock Genes,” and Monday will offer “Lineage Tracing 101” and “Metabolic Reprogramming in Lung Disease 101.” The talks are from 7:15 to 8 a.m.

Other Special Events
Rising Stars of Research: Hear presentations by researchers at the assistant professor and early associate professor level, who are making outstanding contributions to the field of lung research, from 1:15 to 3 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
Early Career Professionals Coffee Corner: Chat and collaborate with mentors and mentees from 7:15 to 8 a.m. Tuesday.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: Meet with representatives from the NHLBI and NIAID from 11:15 a.m. to noon Tuesday.
Science and Innovation Center Abstract Awards: Celebrate the best scientific abstracts submitted to ATS 2016 by early career professionals from 1:15 to 3 p.m. Tuesday. 

Each day, breakfast will be served at 7 a.m., and refreshments will be available at noon.

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