Letter From Dean Schraufnagel, MD, Foundation Chair

Dean E. Schraufnagel, MD

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

There’s a lot going on at the ATS Foundation. Our new website really tells the story of an organization that is a catalyst for transforming promising young scientists into independent researchers, and is the public face of our growing effort to reach donors beyond our members.

It will be an honor to present Sharon Rounds, a past ATS president, Trudeau medalist, and an extraordinary educator, researcher, and clinician with this year’s Breathing for Life Award at the Foundation Benefit during ATS 2019. Sharon, who is profiled here, has been among the Research Program’s most ardent and generous supporters. Wolfgang Puck will provide the delicious food, and the music will be live. What better way to celebrate and meet old friends and make new ones?

For the 2018-2019 grant cycle, the Research Program awarded 30 researchers grants totaling $1.6 million. These grants can be transformational for early-stage investigators. They are an extraordinary group of people working on innovative studies to find solutions to some of the most intractable respiratory, critical care, and sleep problems. Like their predecessors, I have no doubt that this year’s recipients will use these grants to establish themselves as leaders in a new generation of clinician-scientist-educators.

Again this year, we had a spirited ATS Assembly Challenge (you can learn more here) that resulted in many members making gifts to the Research Program and other core Foundation programs in 2018.  

These and other donations provided tangible support and made the Foundation’s activities possible. Your contributions also provided something bigger, if intangible: hope for millions of respiratory patients worldwide.  For that, I cannot adequately express the depth of my gratitude, so let me say, simply, Thank you!

Dean E. Schraufnagel, MD

ATS Foundation Chair