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Announcing: Candidates for ATS Secretary Treasurer, 2018-2019

The ATS Nominating Committee has selected two candidates for the 2018-2019 secretary-treasurer position: John Balmes, MD, and Lynn Schnapp, MD. Dr. Balmes is a professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco and professor in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. Dr. Schnapp is a professor of medicine and division chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy, and Sleep Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston.

Detailed information about each candidate will be released later this month, and voting will take place Thursday, March 1 through Friday, March 23. Results will be announced on the ATS website on April 1.

The successful candidate will not only serve as secretary-treasurer during the 2018-19 term, but also as president in 2021-22. Stay tuned for more information.

Board Unanimously Approves Name Change: Pulmonary Infections and Tuberculosis Assembly (PI-TB)

Because the previous name “Microbiology, Tuberculosis and Pulmonary Infections,” usually abbreviated MTPI, was sometimes confusing to new and potential members, the assembly voted to change its name to “Pulmonary Infections and Tuberculosis” (PI-TB). Changes resulted from actions taken over a two-year period including a poll in 2016, and an in-person vote at ATS 2017, per the Society by-laws. At the latter meeting, 113 (54 percent) of the assembly members voted on the name and 81 (72 percent) of its membership approved the name change to PI-TB. The ATS Board of Directors ratified the vote on Dec. 7.

PI-TB’s next webinar is scheduled for noon ET, Feb. 14 and covers the article “NLRP12 modulates host defense through IL-17A-CXCL1 axis.” Reserve your seat today.

Benefit Spotlight: ATS Documents

Official ATS Documents include clinical practice guidelines, policy statements, research statements, technical standards, and workshop reports, many of which are developed collaboratively with other professional societies.

  • Clinical practice guidelines make recommendations for patient care. The recommendations are based upon a systematic review or pragmatic evidence synthesis, and then formulated and graded using the GRADE approach.
  • Statements present the views of the ATS on issues related to public policy or research policy.
  • Technical statements describe how to perform a test or procedure, and describe the underlying evidence.
  • Workshop reports describe conferences and workshops sponsored by the ATS.

View documents by topic or by date in the ATS Journals.

Video and Podcast Releases - ATS Journals

  • Blue Briefing: Do Endobronchial Valves Improve Lung Function in Heterogeneous Emphysema? In this installment of Blue Briefing, we look at TRANSFORM, the first multi-center trial of the Zephyr endobronchial valve in patients with heterogeneous emphysema and absent collateral ventilation. The results of TRANSFORM were published in the Dec. 15, 2017 American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. View now.
  • Out of the Blue: An RCT Of Intensified ICS and LABA At The Onset Of URTI To Prevent COPD Exacerbations. John Fleetham, MD, and Daiana Stolz, MD, MPH, discuss the findings of Dr. Stolz’s paper, "Intensified therapy with inhaled corticosteroids and LABA at the onset of URTI to prevent COPD exacerbations." Tune in.
  • Doctor to Doctor: Patient Perceptions of the Adequacy of Supplemental Oxygen Therapy. Gregory Tino, MD, sits down with Susan Jacobs RN, MS, to discuss patients’ experience with supplemental oxygen therapy and the frustration and barriers that they face. Tune in.

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