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ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit

The ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit is the premier 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.

Registration is now open! You can register for the benefit with your ATS 2018 registration.

For more information on benefit corporate or institutional packages, please contact Lara Endreszl at lendreszl@thoracic.org.

For more information on benefit academic medical institution, nonprofit organization, or individual group packages, please contact Ally Felix at afelix@thoracic.org.

We hope to see you there!

  • Network with friends and colleagues
  • Enjoy 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

We offer two ways to participate:

  • Reserved seating ensures your group has its own space, 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 2018 registration when conference registration opens early December.


David Center, MD, the 2017 Awardee

Photo albums:

Photos from the 2017 Benefit, which honored David Center, MD with the Breathing for Life Award

Photos from the 2016 Benefit, which honored Sally Wenzel, MD 

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 2017 Benefit


The Breathing for Life Award is the highest honor given by the Foundation for philanthropy, scientific achievement, and commitment to mentorship. Previous Breathing for Life Award recipients include:

    • 2017 - David Center, MD
    • 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 Ninth Annual ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit; AstraZeneca LP at the Gold Level; Freeman, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Insmed Incorporated, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Teva Respiratory at the Silver Level; and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Boston Scientific Corporation, Inc., Circassia Pharmaceuticals, Merck, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. at the Bronze Level.

The ATS Foundation also thanks 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.


The ATS supports the ATS Foundation’s administrative expenses, assuring that every dollar contributed goes directly to support programs. 

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