Take in the Opening Ceremony, Foundation Benefit at ATS 2012

John Luce, MD

John Luce, MD

ATS 2012 kicks off Saturday, May 19, with the Opening Ceremony and Foundation Benefit.

Opening Ceremony
John Luce, MD, emeritus professor of clinical medicine and anesthesia, University of California, San Francisco, specialist in pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, will deliver the Opening Ceremony address.

Dr. Luce has cared for patients with AIDS at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) since the earliest days of the epidemic. His address will focus on the evolution of the epidemic and the hospital’s response to it, with a focus on the pulmonary and critical care aspects of treatment.

“I am proud of how our division at SFGH, our hospital overall and the city of San Francisco responded to the AIDS epidemic,” Dr. Luce said. “Those of us who happened to be at SFGH when the AIDS epidemic began and who were here during its evolution were influenced profoundly by it.”

Prior to his address, ATS will show a short video of San Francisco’s contributions to respiratory medicine. After Dr. Luce’s talk, light refreshments will be served.

Foundation Benefit
Whether you have participated in the past or are new to Fourth Annual ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit, we hope you will join us for a special evening devoted to recognizing the best and the brightest in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine.

The Benefit is an international celebration uniting key figures and leaders from across the respiratory spectrum—researchers, clinicians, industry leaders and patients in support of the ATS Foundation Research Program.

The Benefit promises to be among one of the most important—and fun—social events at the ATS 2012 International Conference. We look forward to seeing you and to achieving our shared vision of supporting a new generation of researchers in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine.

Since 2002, the Foundation has awarded nearly $10 million in grants to more than 100 junior investigators, launching the careers for a new generation of researchers. Past research program grant recipients have gone on to secure $34 million in additional research funding from the National Institutes of Health and other funding resources, publish in many prestigious national and international journals, and become mentors to the next generation of researchers.

This year’s Benefit will recognize Talmadge King Jr., MD, with the Breathing for Life Award, the highest honor given by the ATS Foundation in recognition of philanthropy. A past president of ATS, Dr. King is the Julius R. Krevans distinguished professor of internal medicine and chair of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Purchase tickets online. Space is limited.