Seventy years ago, almost half of all adults in the U.S were smokers. Today, about 12.5 percent are. Despite this progress, tobacco use directly causes one out of five deaths in the country today. Michael C. Fiore, MD, MPH, MBA, will outline tangible steps to reduce tobacco use to near zero by the end of the decade.
An expert in critical care, palliative care, and pulmonary medicine, J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH, will address the ATS community during Tuesday’s Plenary Session as the keynote speaker. Curtis, who served as ATS president in 2009-2010, has been a longtime leader in the Society.
Jose L. Gomez, MD, MS, session co-chair, said the presentations will go beyond the individual conditions and address “the connection between intensive and critical care that affects so many of our members in so many important ways.”
Building on a more than 115-year commitment to driving innovation in respiratory health, the ATS introduced a refreshed mission statement in September 2021 alongside a new logo combining the physiology of the lung coupled with an aspirational vision for the organization.
CME Certificates of credit for ATS 2022 will be awarded based on the participant attending the activity, completing and submitting an evaluation, and attesting to the credits earned. Attendees are able to evaluate and claim CME credit from now until July 31, 2022.
The International Conference offers myriad opportunities to connect with and learn from industry leaders, ATS staff, and experts in a variety of respiratory health specialties. Here’s what conference participants can expect Tuesday from the Exhibit Hall, the ATS Center, and Meet the Experts sessions.
ATS President Lynn Schnapp, MD, ATSF, welcomed International Conference participants at the Opening Ceremony on Saturday, as well as former NASA astronaut Catherine Grace “Cady” Coleman, PhD. As the ceremony’s keynote speaker, Dr. Coleman, who is also a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, shared anecdotes from her experiences aboard the International Space Station and discussed the power of the individual and the team to make once-incomprehensible feats a reality.
On the 50th anniversary of the end of the Tuskegee Experiment, Martin J. Tobin, MD, will discuss his just-released paper on the historic study. The session includes speakers representing the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, Annals of the American Thoracic Society, and ATS Scholar.
The latest clinical results related to COVID-19, bronchiectasis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and asthma will be presented Monday morning. “This session is going to open the door to new treatments that could be available almost immediately or are very close,” said International Conference Committee Chair Andrew Halayko, PhD, ATSF.
The biggest networking event this week at ATS 2022, Saturday’s Research Program Benefit was designed to be more casual than past events, offering attendees more time to socialize and celebrate being together again while supporting the work of early-career scientists.
The ATS’s four-day Clinical Year in Review began Sunday with co-chairs Jose L. Gomez, MD, MS; Rupal J. Shah, MD, MSCE; and Juliana C. Ferreira, MD, PhD. The session’s panelists highlighted impactful work published in the past year in pulmonary vascular disease, interstitial lung disease, lung cancer, and pneumonia and pulmonary infections.
Rana Awdish, MD, and Megan M. Hosey, PhD, spoke of restoration in the aftermath of the COVD-19 pandemic as the Keynote Series speakers Sunday morning. They shared stories of healing from health care professionals and the people for whom they care.
Jesse Roman, MD, a founding leader of the Health Equity Subcommittee within the ATS Health Equity and Diversity Committee and current treasurer of the Society, imparted powerful messages about diversity and mentorship as he spoke of his family lineage in Puerto Rico and his journey from there to his current leadership positions at Jefferson Health in Philadelphia.
Designed to promote healthfulness through exercise, the Wellness Challenge encourages participants to take 30,000 steps during the International Conference for a chance to win prizes. Leaderboards in the Wellness Challenge booth in the lobby of Moscone South, online, and in the app track this year’s steppers.
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