Letter From Dean Schraufnagel, MD, ATSF, Foundation Chair

Dean E. Schraufnagel, MD

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

A simple but potent idea has fueled the ATS Foundation Research Program for the last 15 years: at a critical point in a researcher’s life, particularly at the beginning, even a modest grant can make a big difference. And you have made that difference for the 263 young investigators launched into pulmonary, critical care, and sleep research careers by grants from the Research Program.

This issue of the Bulletin introduces readers to Bria M. Coates, MD, an ATS Foundation Research Program Award recipient. In 2015 Dr. Coates received an ATS Foundation/American Lung Association grant to study innate immune responses to influenza infection. Specifically, she studied influenza A, a highly contagious virus that causes respiratory tract infections in up to 40 percent of children each year. Since receiving this grant, Dr. Coates has received K12 and a K08 awards from the National Institutes of Health to continue her research. 

As we enter the giving season, I find there are many reasons to be hopeful. None motivates me more, though, than the good that can come from raising $850,000 before the end of the year to support highly-motivated researchers like Dr. Coate.

I feel fortunate to be able to contribute to an effort that has advanced our understanding of respiratory disease and laid the groundwork for breakthroughs that will allow patients to breathe better and live fully.

I hope you will join me in supporting the Research Program—or whichever program inspires you, including MECOR, Medical Education Research, Assembly Awards & Scholarships, and the Ziskind Clinical Research Scholar Award.

Your generosity, now and in the past, is a wellspring of hope. Thank you.



Dean E. Schraufnagel, MD, ATSF
ATS Foundation Chair