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Stat July 11, 2018

Reminder: Submit Your Manuscript for a Focused Issue of AJRCMB

The American Thoracic Society is accepting original research contributions and concise translational reviews for an issue of the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology (AJRCMB) to be published in 2019, focused on cellular senescence in lung biology and disease, and single-cell approaches to lung disease. All submissions must be received by Monday, Oct. 1, 2018.
Submission Guidelines

  • All submissions should conform to AJRCMB’s formatting requirements as outlined in the Instructions for Contributors.
  • Online submission cover letters should mention your interest in appearing in the focused issue. Please specify which topic.

Authors with questions can contact Marc Bendian.

UPDATED: Government Data on Payments to Physicians from Industry

On June 29, the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an annual update of the data available to the public on payments to physicians by health care drug and device manufacturers, for 2017. Federal law requires manufacturers and group purchasing organizations operating in the U.S. to report payments and other transfers of value, including for research, consulting, speaking fees, and ownership and investment interests, among others.

ATS encourages member physicians to check for personal data annually. CMS provides review and dispute opportunities, but discrepancies must be reported by the end of the year posted.

In addition to serving as a resource to the public, the data is used by ATS and others as an adjunct to the disclosures made to ATS directly by members with official ATS roles. ATS also maintains its own conflict of interest (COI) disclosure and review process to obtain more recent and comprehensive information required by accrediting bodies and ATS policies.

For more information, visit our website, or contact Shane McDermott, senior director, Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policies.


FY2019 Assembly/Committee Project Application Process Opens

The FY2019 Assembly/Committee project application process is now open.  Assembly/Committee projects are a core Society activity and provide guidance to the global community regarding topics important to ATS members.

Begin a NEW/ RENEWAL or Joint ATS/ERS application today. Applications must be submitted electronically on the ATS website. The deadline for submissions is 11 p.m. ET, Tuesday, July 31, 2018.
Visit the Project Application Resource Center to find several valuable resources, such as timelines, detailed instructions, staff contact information, and much more. 

If you have questions, contact Miriam Rodriguez, senior director of Assemblies & Program Review Subcommittee. For any technical issues completing a project application, contact Vladimir Crevecoeur, manager of Assemblies.

Next Week: PCD Week at the ATS

As part of PCD Week at the ATS and in conjunction with PAR Partner the PCD Foundation, the ATS will host two online events on Thursday, June 19 discussing new guidelines in the diagnosis of Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia.

Join us on Twitter as the ATS hosts a chat with Adam Shapiro, MD, of Montreal Children's Hospital, and one of the authors of the guidelines, for an interactive discussion.

When: July 19, 2018; 2 p.m. EST
Where: Twitter, using the hashtag #ATSchat

Then at 3 p.m. EST, the ATS will host a live webinar, presented by Dr. Shapiro, entitled "Fact or Fiction - Common Myths Encountered in Genetic Testing for Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia."

When: July 19, 2018
Where: Online - Register now!


EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Resigns

Last week, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned. Mr. Pruitt was the subject of over 12 federal investigations of potential misconduct in addition to many major – and potentially adverse – decisions regarding U.S. environmental air pollution policy. Such initiatives include withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accords, delaying implementation of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone, rescinding Obama-era regulations on fugitive gas emissions for oil and natural gas extraction, and pushing for rollback for emissions controls on re-built diesel truck engines. 

Current EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler has been appointed as EPA Acting Administrator and is a strong candidate for the Administrator position.  Mr. Wheeler has experience as a Senate Environment and Public Works staffer for Senator Inhofe (R-OK), and as a coal industry lobbyist.