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ATS Announces New Diversity and Inclusion Policy

The ATS is excited to announce the creation of a Diversity and Inclusion Policy, which represents a formal codification of the ATS’s long history of promoting diversity and inclusion. Beginning with the creation of a Women’s Forum in 1993 and a Diversity Forum in 1994, and continuing with the development of interest groups that speak to specific demographics within the ATS, diversity and inclusion have long been core values of the Society.

Currently, the overall female membership within the ATS is 30 percent, and among early career professionals, women make up 41 percent of membership. As a living document, the policy is meant to reflect and codify the work the ATS has been doing for years, and to continue to build on it to make the Society as inclusive an organization as possible.

Learn more about the policy, including transparency and reporting, on the ATS website.


One Week Left: AJRCCM International Conference Issue

The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (AJRCCM) is planning a special issue to be distributed at the ATS 2019 International Conference, May 17–22, in Dallas, Texas.

The AJRCCM (impact factor: 15.24) welcomes submissions from our global respiratory community on respiratory medicine, critical care, and sleep disorders. While all original basic and clinical research will be considered, the editors are particularly seeking interventional clinical trials, as well as observational and translational studies, including real-world studies in respiratory, critical care, and sleep medicine.


  • All submissions should conform to the AJRCCM's formatting requirements, as outlined in the Instructions for Contributors.
  • Be sure to mention the ATS Conference special issue in your online submission cover letter.

If you have any questions, please contact Marc Bendian.
Submissions for the special edition will also be considered for acceptance and publication in regular issues of AJRCCM.

Deadline:  Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019



TOMORROW: EGPA Collaborative Webinar

Join us for the FREE webinar, “The EGPA Collaborative: The Patient Journey and Cases of Appropriate Multidisciplinary Management,” Jan. 10, 1 p.m. ET. Earn CME and MOC credit in EGPA!

This webinar, presented by the American Thoracic Society in partnership with AKH Inc., will address the diagnosis, treatment initiation, and long-term monitoring of this rare eosinophilic disorder, as well as:

  • Review the clinical presentation, and signs and symptoms of EGPA.
  • Describe the ANCA-associated vasculitides.
  • Describe the diagnostic evaluation of EGPA.
  • Identify treatment options for initial therapy and recalcitrant disease.

The presenting faculty is comprised of ATS members and EGPA experts, including:

  • Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc
  • Philip SEO, MD, MHS
  • Praveen Akuthota, MD

When: 1 p.m. ET, Jan. 10, 2019
Where: Online


Red Submission Fees Waived in 2019

In celebration of the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology's 30th Anniversary, submission fees will be waived for all of 2019!

This limited-time policy began on Jan. 1, 2019 and will remain in effect throughout the year, ending on Dec. 31, 2019. Submission guidelines can be found on the journal's Instructions for Contributors page.

Submit your manuscript today!


ATS Assembly of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Announces Journal Club

The ATS Assembly of Pulmonary Rehabilitation announces the next edition of its Journal Club, discussing community-based physical activity intervention.

Alda Marques, PT, MSc, PhD, of the University of Aveiro, Portugal, will present “Long-term efficacy and effectiveness of a behavioural and community-based exercise intervention (Urban Training) to increase physical activity in patients with COPD: a randomised controlled trial,” published in the European Respiratory Journal.

Joining the discussion are author Judith Aymerich-Garcia, MD, PhD, ISGlobal and Pompeu Fabra University, Spain; Theirry Troosters, PT, PhD, KU Leuven, Belgium; Sarah Roark, MD, Denver Health and University of Colorado; and Richard Casaburi MD, PhD, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, chair of the ATS Pulmonary Rehabilitation Assembly, and member of the ATS PR Assembly web committee. 

Claire Nolan MSc, PhD, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, UK, will moderate.

When: 12 p.m. EST, Jan. 8, 2019
Where: Online. Register today!