ATS Research Program Benefit is the Most Enjoyable Way to Support Early Career Scientific Investigators

The Annual ATS Research Program Benefit is the biggest networking event at the ATS 2023 International Conference and an excellent way to support young investigators in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. This year’s event will be held directly after the conference’s Opening Ceremony on Saturday, May 20, from 6-7:30 p.m. ET.

Gregory P. Downey, MD, ATSF
Gregory P. Downey, MD, ATSF

Recognizing the importance of this opportunity to reconnect with respiratory health colleagues, the ATS has eliminated the formal program to enable attendees to make the most of the networking time while enjoying light refreshments. Participants are encouraged to then go out and support the local restaurants of Washington, DC.

The benefit has evolved, but the mission remains the same and is more essential than ever. Each ticket still includes a tax-deductible donation to the ATS Research Program, which directly supports early career scientists.

“The ATS Research Program is one of our most important priorities,” said ATS President Gregory P. Downey, MD, ATSF. “If science stagnates, solutions for patients also stagnate.”

Tickets to the benefit can be purchased when registering for the International Conference. Your ATS 2023 conference badge will serve as your ticket.

Established in 2004, the ATS Research Program bolsters new investigators as they strive to launch independent research careers dedicated to innovation in patient care. Since 2004, the Research Program has awarded $22.8 million in research grants to 334 investigators who have gone on to secure more than $784.8 million in federal funding. That’s a return on investment of $34 per dollar awarded.

While research has led to significant advances in medicine, there remains much to be learned, especially in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. According to the World Health Organization, more than a billion people globally suffer from chronic respiratory conditions.

The talented basic, translational, and clinical investigators funded through ATS Research Program awards are taking new approaches to unlock the mysteries of respiratory diseases. Their topics of scientific exploration are diverse and include lung cancer, asthma, acute respiratory distress syndrome, pulmonary fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, sleep apnea, and more. By providing research grants to promising young investigators, the ATS Research Program launches careers dedicated to advancing scientific discovery—and better patient care.

“Research in the junior professional world was significantly affected by shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr. Downey said. “It really is a critical time for junior professionals, and we need to do as much as we can to support their essential work.”

Questions about the Research Program Benefit should be addressed to [email protected].

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