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The ATS Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical and Operations Research (MECOR) Program began in Latin America under the leadership of Sonia Buist, MD, and has since expanded across the globe to include Africa, China, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and Vietnam.

The MECOR Program is vital to filling the research-training gap among many physicians’ medical education in low and middle-income countries.

Your gift to MECOR Education supports training courses for ATS MECOR Program students.

Your gift to MECOR Research supports seed grants for outstanding MECOR graduates that allow them to transition from trainees to investigators.


Ozge Yilmaz, MD

   Ozge Yilmaz, MD  

“You learn how to teach according to the MECOR way: interactive, getting the students in the work,” says Ozge Yilmaz, MD, who started as a MECOR student in Turkey in 2008 and now serves on the MECOR faculty. Dr. Yilmaz received a 2011 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Award to study food allergen sensitivity as a prognostic factor for wheezing in children.

Learn more about MECOR Research Awards.


Obianuju Ozoh, MBBS

Obianuju Ozoh, MBBS

“MECOR has emboldened me in everything I do. Currently, I’m going to do an asthma insight and reality survey, which is the first asthma preventative study in the whole of Nigeria. And I was able to do that because I had the knowledge and skills from MECOR,” says Obianuju Ozoh, MBBS, a 2015 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Awardee, and senior lecturer at the University of Lagos.

Learn more about MECOR Research Awards.


MECOR students learn a variety of skills needed to become successful researchers, including research design, data collection, management and analysis, presentation skills, and manuscript preparation.

The capacity-building courses of MECOR have a ripple effect. Not only do the courses create powerful networks of lung-disease clinicians, researchers, and educators—they provide the basis for improving global public health policy.

With your support, MECOR graduates have developed research that...

  • Led to a ban on sandblasting in clothing factories in Turkey;
  • Launched effective smoking cessation efforts in Argentina; and
  • Improved the quality of tuberculosis surveillance and treatment in Kenya, and so much more!

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