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Letter From the Chair, Spring 2018

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 to especially 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 2017. Details on the challenge results can be found in this issue of the Bulletin.

For the 2017-2018 grant cycle, the Research Program awarded 29 researchers grants totaling over $1.4 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, and I am very proud of the talented Research Program Awardees

In this Bulletin, you can read about Jeffrey Goldstein, a longtime supporter and friend of the ATS. Jeff recently made a $2 million estate gift to the ATS Foundation to support early career investigators.

The growth of the Foundation in recent years owes much to the efforts of James Donohue, our past chair, who is featured in this issue.  On May 19 during our annual benefit, I’ll have the privilege of presenting Jim with the Breathing for Life Award in recognition of his philanthropy, mentorship, and research in respiratory medicine.

The ATS Foundation grants given to promising investigators can be an enormous stepping stone to a successful career. In this Bulletin, you can read about 2013 grant recipient Bradley Edwards, PhD, who has recently obtained a large project grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. He credits the ATS Foundation for giving him a “leg up” in the research world.

None of this would be 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 and support—through a highly competitive grant process—the best proposals and the most dedicated professionals.

Your contributions are a lifeline for the next generation of researchers, clinicians, and medical educators...

...And your compassion gives hope to patients living with respiratory disease.

Thank you for choosing us!

Dean E. Schraufnagel, MD
ATS Foundation Chair

Read about Research Program awardee Bradley Edwards, MD; the 2017-2018 Research Program Awardee; the Assembly Challenge; and more in the Foundation Bulletin.

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