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Apply Now for NEW ATS Foundation Research Program Grants

The ATS Foundation Research Program is announcing additional grant opportunities for the 2019 cycle!  The new grants include a nursing-specific award, as well as an award tailored to researchers in the Pacific Northwest for pulmonary research, specifically the impact of wildfires. There is also a COPD-focused opportunity from ResMed.

Learn more about the ATS Foundation Research Program and apply now!

Deadline for all applications: Sept. 20, 2019


ATS 2019 Resources Available

Though ATS 2019 has come to an end, conference resources are available for free on the ATS website for conference attendees for up to one year after the conference. You can also view select sessions on the ATS Facebook page.

Don’t forget to claim your CME and MOC! MOC post-tests from ATS 2019 are closing soon. Take the test by July 31 to earn MOC credit. More information is available on the ATS website.


FY2020 Assembly/Committee New/Renewal Project Applications

The Assembly/Committee project application process and review by the Program Review Subcommittee (PRS) is now open. Applications must be submitted electronically on the ATS website.

Visit the Project Application Resource Center to learn more.

Deadline: 11 p.m., July 31, 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted.


Donate to the ATS Foundation with AmazonSmile

Giving to the ATS Foundation is easy! Not only did the Foundation just simplify the donation process on its own website, but you can also donate while shopping on Amazon! By shopping at and selecting the “ATS Foundation (dba Breathing Better: Curing Respiratory Diseases Through Research)” as your charity of choice, Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchase to the ATS Foundation! Because the ATS covers the administrative costs of the Foundation, 100 percent of your gift will go directly to funding research grants.

The ATS Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Thoracic Society. It supports young researchers with grants that help them to launch their research, and ultimately, their careers. It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization established in 2004.


Court Orders E-cigarette Makers to Submit Products for FDA Review

On July 12, 2019, a federal court decision established deadlines for e-cigarette manufacturers and makers of candy-flavored cigars to submit their products for FDA review.  The Court took this action after medical and public health groups sued the Food and Drug Administration for the agency’s failure to appropriately regulate e-cigarettes and cigars in a timely and effective manner. 

Under the court order, e-cigarette manufacturers have until May 12, 2020 to submit their products for review by the FDA. The FDA will then have an additional 12 months to review and decide on the product applications.  This process also applies to a new generation of candy-flavored cigars that recently entered the U.S market.  Any manufacturer that fails to meet the product application deadline will be subject to removal from the market by the FDA. 

The ATS submitted an amicus brief to the court documenting the recent surge in youth e-cigarette use and how the lax regulatory deadlines established by the FDA were contributing to the problem and forcing the court to establish aggressive, but effective deadlines for accelerating the FDA e-cigarette and cigar product review process.