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Physician-Scientist Crisis

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

When the NIH issued its Physician-Scientist Workforce Working Group Report three years ago, it confirmed one of our greatest concerns: The physician-scientist community is in crisis.

Vulnerable clinician researchers, lacking resources and protected research time, are being pushed out of the field.

Without this community, groundbreaking research—and patient care—will suffer.

You have the power to change that future by making your best possible gift to the ATS Foundation today.

Let me tell you about Neeta Thakur, MD, MPH. She studies chronic stress and asthma in disadvantaged children, and is a 2014 ATS Foundation Outstanding Early Career Investigator Awardee.

These awards are a springboard for young researchers.

“To have such a prestigious organization as the ATS recognize my career potential provided validation at a critical time and allowed me dedicated time to generate preliminary data for my K23 application,” says Dr. Thakur.

I’m excited to share with you that this year, Dr. Thakur received a K23 Career Development Award for her patient-oriented research!

Physician-scientists are the vital link between the bench and the bedside.

✔ You have the power to keep young physician-scientists in the workforce.
✔ You have the power to invest in promising young researchers.
✔ You have the power to build a future where patients breathe better.

What you do matters. Your gift matters. For the researchers and for the patients and families who will benefit from their scientific advances. Together, we can raise $850,000 for young investigator research grants before year’s end.


Dean Schraufnagel, MD
ATS Foundation Chair

P.S. You can learn more about applying for ATS Foundation Research Program awards here.

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