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ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit

The ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit is the premier social and networking reception held during the ATS International Conference. It attracts international leaders across the respiratory spectrum, and is a key source of unrestricted research grants the Foundation awards to young investigators in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.

For more information on benefit corporate or institutional packages, please contact Michelle Turenne at mturenne@thoracic.org or 212-315-6448.

For more information on benefit academic medical institution, nonprofit organization, or individual ticket packages, please contact Lydia Neumann at lneumann@thoracic.org or 212-315-8622.

We offer two ways to participate:

  • Reserved seating ensures your group has its own space to sit and socialize, as well as network the event.
  • Unreserved seating allows you entry to the benefit, but your seating is not reserved.

You can register for the benefit with your ATS 2017 registration when conference registration opens early December.


Save the date for the Ninth Annual ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Washington, DC.

We hope to see you there!

  • Socialize with friends and colleagues
  • Enjoy wine, beer, delicious food, music, and dancing
  • Honor the ATS Foundation Breathing for Life Awardee and the Research Program awardees
  • Support the ATS Foundation Research Program—and launch careers dedicated to scientific discovery and better patient care

Sally Wenzel, MD, the 2016 Breathing for Life Awardee

Photo albums:

Photos from the 2016 Benefit, which honored Sally Wenzel, MD, with the Breathing for Life Award

Photos from the 2015 Benefit, which honored Marvin Schwarz, MD

Photos from the 2014 Benefit, which honored William Busse, MD

Plus, read more about the 2016 Benefit


The Breathing for Life Award is the highest honor conferred by the ATS Foundation for exemplary philanthropic and scientific contributions. Previous Breathing for Life Award recipients include:

  • 2016 - Sally Wenzel, MD
  • 2015 - Marvin Schwarz, MD
  • 2014 - William Busse, MD
  • 2013 - Gerard Turino, MD
  • 2012 - Talmadge King, Jr., MD
  • 2011 - Louis Libby, MD
  • 2010 - Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
  • 2009 - ATS Public Advisory Round Table (PAR)

The ATS Foundation thanks Genentech for support at the Sapphire Level for the Eighth Annual ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit; Genentech–Novartis at the Platinum Level; Mylan, Inc., at the Crystal Level; AstraZeneca LP, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, and Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron at the Gold Level; FREEMAN, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Meda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Teva Respiratory at the Silver Level; and Boston Scientific Corporation, Inc., Insmed Incorporated, Merck, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Theravance Biopharma at the Bronze Level.

The ATS Foundation also thanks UPMC & the University of Pittsburgh, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine and the many individuals and medical institutions that have stepped forward to support the Research Program and young investigators in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.


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