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ATS 2017 Highlights: Sessions on Critical Care and Sleep

Did you know you can search by Disease State or Specialty Track at the ATS 2017 International Conference? Below are two sessions highlighting critical care and sleep, from over 50 sessions in these interest areas.


Date: Tuesday, May 23

Time: 2:15‒4:15 p.m.

Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, East Salon A-C (South Building, Street Level)

This Scientific Symposium session highlights recent advances in diagnostics and therapeutics for patients with severe pneumonia and sepsis. The session addresses new data regarding immunomodulatory therapy, particularly the uncertainty in using glucocorticoid therapy, which will be presented via a pro-con debate. Several trials to date have shown conflicting results and we anticipate completion of the HYPRESS and ADRENAL trials by next year. Recent data suggests that immunosuppression may be common in sepsis, and reversing immunosuppression, rather than suppressing exaggerated inflammation, may be necessary in some patients. Understanding this heterogeneity of the host response and optimal approaches for immunomodulation is important for clinicians.



Date: Wednesday, May 24

Time: 9:15‒11:15 a.m.

Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 152 A-B (Middle Building, Street Level)

This session focuses on some of the most pressing public health concerns regarding sleep health. Sleep is a biological requirement for human life, but insufficient sleep is experienced by approximately one third of U.S. adults and a large portion of U.S. children and adolescents. Sleep disorders are associated with cardiometabolic risk, functional deficits, and mortality. These issues need to be addressed and dealt with in the community, as well as the clinic. This session addresses many of the major public health and public policy issues relevant to population sleep health.

As you plan out your conference experience, try the new search tool on our website that allows you to search sessions and exhibitors by disease state or specialty track. Simply select a topic from the drop-down menu and all relevant session content will appear. Check out the new search function here.

Webinars: PAR Cystic Fibrosis Week, and Severe Asthma

PAR Webinar: Cystic Fibrosis, Children’s Interstitial Lung Disease & Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia

Tune in 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET, Saturday, April 22, as the American Thoracic Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, chILD Foundation, and the Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Foundation present a free, live patient education webinar on rare lung diseases. This webinar is presented in conjunction with the Public Advisory Roundtable, “Cystic Fibrosis Week at the ATS,” an educational activity designed to foster communication among clinicians, researchers, patients, and patient advocates on lung and airway disorders. Reserve your seat today.

Webinar: Severe Asthma

Tune in at noon ET, Tuesday, April 25, for a webinar on severe asthma. Presented in collaboration with leading professional and patient organizations in the respiratory space, GSK will host a live panel discussion with thought leaders, patients, and advocates, designed to elevate the profile of severe asthma, drive scientific dialogue, and define the role of eosinophils in the disease paradigm. View topics and speakers, and register for free!

ATS Abroad: Japan and Canada

Visit the ATS booth in the Exhibit Hall at the following meetings to learn more about the International Conference, obtain free resources, meet leadership/staff, and save on membership and renewals.

  • 57th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Respiratory Society at the Tokyo International Forum April 21‒23. The ATS booth will be in the Exhibit Hall, Floor B2F. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine Editor-in-Chief Jadwiga Wedzicha, MD, will speak at the International Symposium: The Updated Topics of COPD on Sunday, April 23, 8:30–10 a.m., in Hall D, Room 7.
  • 10th Annual Canadian Respiratory Conference at the Hotel Bonaventure in Montreal, April 27‒29. Visit the ATS in Booth 104 in the Exhibit Hall. Several members will be speaking. Sessions include: Competency-Based Professional Education: The Next Frontier, a keynote presentation, on Thursday, April 27, 2:30‒3:30 p.m.; Inter-Assembly Symposium for Allergy, Immunology and Inflammation on Friday, April 28, 2:10‒4:10 p.m. in Room 5; ATS Past President Atul Malhotra, MD, and President David Gozal, MD, MBA, will discuss sleep apnea at the Meet the Experts session on Saturday, April 29, 7:30‒8:30 a.m., in Room 14.

Meet 2017 Corporate Members

The ATS 2017 Corporate Member Program has launched and will run through Feb. 28, 2018. The program is a vehicle for collaboration between the ATS and its industry partners in the joined goal of improving patient care and education in the pulmonary, critical care, and sleep fields. ATS Corporate Membership facilitates transparent discussion between the ATS and the corporate community about issues and trends that may impact medicine, the advancement of science or patient care, and innovation through drug discovery and development in the pulmonary field. Learn more about the program and meet our 2017 Corporate Member companies. For additional information please contact Vlada O’Hara at

Last Reviewed: October 2017