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Stat April 3, 2019

Gregory P. Downey, MD, ATSF Elected Secretary-Treasurer of the ATS

Congratulations to Gregory P. Downey, MD, ATSF, who has been elected ATS secretary-treasurer for the 2019-2020 term.

Dr. Downey has been a member of the ATS since 1988 and has served on the AII Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He has also served as chair of the Assembly on Allergy, Immunology and Inflammation. He currently serves on the Basic Science Core Committee and the MITT Committee, and is deputy editor of the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology.

Dr. Downey will begin his term at the Plenary session during the ATS 2019 International Conference.


Reminder: ATS Scholar Editor Search

The American Thoracic Society has opened the search for an editor-in-chief of ATS Scholar, the Society’s newest, fourth journal, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal focusing on clinical education, medical education, meeting proceedings, research education, patient-focused education, and study/trial designs.

It is anticipated that the editor-in-chief will be named for a five-year term that officially starts Jan. 1, 2020 but will begin working on developing the new journal this year. The Search Committee is seeking candidates with editorial experience and a background in clinical and/or medical education.

You can also follow ATS Scholar on Twitter (@ATSScholar)!

Letters of interest, including a statement of plans for the Editorship, and curriculum vitae should be submitted by April 15, 2019 to:

Bruce Levy, MD
Chairman, ATS Scholar Journal Editor Search Committee
American Thoracic Society
25 Broadway, 18th floor
New York, NY 10004
Please copy Diane Gern, ATS chief of Journals, on all e-mails:


Upcoming Webinar: Sarcoidosis Week at the ATS

As part of "Sarcoidosis Week at the ATS" and in conjunction with PAR partner the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research, the American Thoracic Society will host a webinar entitled "Sarcoidosis 102." Catherine Bonham, MD, of the University of Virginia will present.

When:   Apr 4, 2019 4 - 5 p.m. EDT
Where: Online. Register now!


Perspectives On E-Cigarettes From An Inhalation Toxicologist Who Is Also A Mother Of Teenagers

The Tobacco Action Committee (TAC) of the American Thoracic Society presents a live webinar on e-cigarettes, entitled "Perspectives On E-Cigarettes From An Inhalation Toxicologist Who Is Also A Mother Of Teenagers."

The talk will be presented by Ilona Jaspers, PhD, professor of pediatrics, microbiology and immunology and deputy director of the Center for Environmental Medicine Asthma & Lung Biology at the University of North Carolina (UNC). Dr. Jaspers is also Director, Curriculum in Toxicology & Environmental Medicine at UNC.

The talk will focus on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) and how they work, epidemiology and rapid rise in adolescents usage, the potential for nicotine addiction in adolescents, utility in smoking cessation and emerging data on toxicity.

When: April 11, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

Where: Online. Register now!

Sign Up Now to Learn About Advocacy at ATS 2019 in Dallas!

Interested in advocacy at the ATS, or in learning how you can engage in advocacy on your own? Join the following sessions at ATS 2019 in Dallas to learn how to expand your influence into the realm of policy:

609 (WS6) Workshop Health Policy Advocacy 101: Effectively Inform Your Elected Officials
This workshop session is intended to provide an introduction to federal and state advocacy, where attendees will learn how to prepare for and participate in legislative meetings, write letters to the editor, and deliver media messages using social media.

Tuesday, May 21, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

B91, Symposium Have a Bigger Impact! Effective Strategies to Utilize Your Professional Expertise to Advocate for Your Patients and Your Communities
This session will describe effective strategies to advance the respiratory health of patients, communities, and populations.

Monday, May 20, 2019 2:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Learn more about conference programming and join us in Dallas!