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Letter From the Chair, Winter 2017

Dean E. Schraufnagel

Dean E. Schraufnagel, MD

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The new year is off to a fantastic start—and that’s thanks to you. Your commitment to supporting research, educational opportunities, and global health is building a future where patients breathe better.

I’d like especially to thank the ATS Assemblies for their enthusiastic support during the Assembly Challenge. We had the closest challenge yet! Many members made gifts supporting the Research Program and other core programs in the final days of 2016.

For the 2016-2017 grant cycle, the Research Program awarded 25 researchers grants totaling $1.3 million. These grants can be transformational for early-stage investigators.

Our awardees are engaged in a remarkable breadth of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep research. One recipient, Laura Crotty Alexander, MD, and her work on e-cigarettes, is featured in this issue of the Bulletin. Others are researching TB and HIV internationally, psychological support in the ICU, and mechanisms of macrophage activation in pulmonary fibrosis, among many other topics.

None of this is possible without you. This is why we strive to make the most of your generosity by leveraging the intellectual capital of ATS members to select—through a highly competitive grant process—the best proposals and the most dedicated professionals to support.

Your generosity is a lifeline for the next generation of researchers, clinicians, and medical educators...

...And your compassion gives hope to patients struggling with challenging lung diseases.

Thank you for choosing us!

Dean E. Schraufnagel, MD
ATS Foundation Chair

Read about Research Program awardee Laura Crotty Alexander, MD; the Research Program Benefit; the Assembly Challenge; and more in the Foundation Bulletin (PDF).


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