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New ATS Clinical Practice Guideline: Diagnosing Fungal Infections

The American Thoracic Society published an official clinical guideline on laboratory diagnosis of fungal infections in pulmonary and critical care medicine in the Society’s Aug. 30 American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Though less common than bacterial and viral infections, fungal infections have surged in recent decades and present an important health care challenge to patients, particularly those whose immune systems are compromised because of illness or drugs they are taking. The guideline covers the diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, invasive candidiasis, and the three most common endemic mycoses:  blastomycosis, coccidioidomycosis, and histoplasmosis.

Effective treatment of patients with these infections depends on rapid, accurate diagnosis of the infection and on timely treatment. Delays in diagnosis and treatment can be debilitating, leading to long hospital stays, high medical costs, and even death.

Read more, and learn more about ATS Clinical Guideline implementation tools.


AnnalsATS: Editor-in-Chief Search Announcement 

The American Thoracic Society has opened the search for the next editor-in-chief of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society (AnnalsATS), a peer-reviewed, monthly publication.
AnnalsATS publishes original clinical, epidemiological, and health services research related to respiratory, sleep, critical care medicine, and population health. The scope of the journal encompasses content that is applicable to clinical practice, the formative and continuing education of clinical specialists, and the advancement of public health.

It is anticipated that the editor-in-chief will be named for a five-year term that starts January 6, 2020. The Search Committee is seeking candidates with editorial experience and a distinguished research background in respiratory medicine.

Letters of interest, including a statement of plans for the editorship, and a CV should be submitted by October 7, 2019 to:

Bruce Levy, M.D.
Chairman, AnnalsATS Journal Editor Search Subcommittee
American Thoracic Society
25 Broadway, 18th floor
New York, NY 10004

Please also cc Diane Gern, Chief, Journals:



ATS Accepting Nominations for 2020 Respiratory Health Awards

Do you have a colleague who has made a significant commitment to eliminating gender, racial, ethnic, or economic disparities in public health? Or someone who has made contributions related to improvement of indoor and outdoor air quality, eradication of tobacco usage, prevention of lung disease? If so, consider nominating them for the ATS 2020 Public Service Award!

Learn more about the ATS 2020 Respiratory Health Awards now to see how you can recognize your colleagues for their unique contributions to the field. Awards include:

  • J. Burns Amberson Lecture
  • Edward Livingston Trudeau Medal
  • Distinguished Achievement Award
  • Jo Rae Wright Award for Outstanding Science
  • Outstanding Educator Award
  • Recognition Awards for Scientific Accomplishments
  • Research Innovation and Translation Achievement Award
  • World Lung Health Award
  • Outstanding Clinician Award

The 2020 Respiratory Health Awards will be presented at the next ATS International Conference, May 15–20, in Philadelphia.


Joint Journal Club Tomorrow: Section on Genetics and Genomics and Assembly on Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology

The Section on Genetics and Genomics (SGG) and Assembly on Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology (RCMB) are pleased to announce a joint Journal Club webinar on single-cell sequencing in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

This session will discuss“Single-Cell Transcriptomic Analysis of Human Lung Provides Insights into the Pathobiology of Pulmonary Fibrosis”  published in AJRCCM.

Lead author Paul A. Reyfman, MD, will present the article. Senior authors G.R. Scott Budinger, MD, and Alexander (Sasha) V. Misharin, MD, will join Martijn Nawijn, PhD; Rachel Zemans, MD; and Kara Mould, MD, MPH, on the discussion panel.                    

Rachel Knipe, MD, and Katrina Steiling, MD, MSc, will moderate.

When: 9 a.m. EDT, Sept. 5

Where: Online. Register today!



Upcoming Journal Club: ATS Assembly on Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The next Assembly on Pulmonary Rehabilitation Journal Club will discuss the use of video telehealth pulmonary rehabilitation intervention in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.   

André Nyberg RPT, MSc will present, ‘Video Telehealth Pulmonary Rehabilitation Intervention in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Reduces 30-Day Re-admissions,’ published in AJRCCM in last month.    

The expert discussion panel will include Heleen Demeyer PT, PhD, and will be moderated by Dmitry Rozenberg MD, PhD.

When: 12 p.m. EDT, Sept. 18, 2019

Where: Online. Register now!