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New Opportunities Related to Opioid Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has new research opportunities available in opioid overdose. Such opportunities include research into the treatment of hypoxemia in acute overdose and pulmonary dysfunction resulting from disturbance of neural regulation, muscular dysfunction or disturbance of alveolar perfusion, or other aspects of lung function. Details on key dates and research focus are available via the links below.

Opportunities for basic science researchers:

  • BRAIN Initiative: Notice of Support for Research on the Fundamental Neurobiology of Endogenous Opioid Systems: NOT-DA-18-046
  • BRAIN Initiative: New Technologies and Novel Approaches for Large-Scale Recording and Modulation in the Nervous System: RFA-NS-18-020
  • NIH Research Project Grant: PA-18-484
  • NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program: PA-18-489

For more information, contact Nuala Moore, director, Government Relations. 

Online Toolkit Helps Institutions Launch Lung Cancer Screening Programs

The American Thoracic Society and the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative has launched a new website and online toolkit to help medical institutions implement and manage a lung cancer screening program.

Learn more at and listen to Andrea McKee, MD, from Radiation Oncology Associates discuss the guide in an informative podcast.


Nominations Accepted: 2019 Elizabeth A. Rich, MD, Award

The ATS Membership Committee is now accepting nominations for the Elizabeth A. Rich, MD Award. The award, presented on behalf of Dr. Rich, recognizes her dedication and contributions to the field of lung disease research, as well as her position as a female role model and mentor.

To be nominated for the annual Elizabeth A. Rich, MD, Award, a candidate should:

  • Have made significant contributions in the fields of pulmonary, critical care, and/or sleep medicine.
  • Be an ATS member.
  • Be a leader who has mentored others.


The awardee will be recognized on the ATS website, as well as at the Women’s Forum at the ATS International Conference, at which she will also be invited to speak.

Nominations now accepted!
Deadline for submission: Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018


Reminder: Next Week is Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Week at the ATS

Next week is "Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Week at the ATS," and in conjunction with PAR partner, the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, the American Thoracic Society will host a webinar, "Pulmonary Manifestations of TSC." Nishant Gupta, MD, of the University of Cincinnati will present.

When: 3 p.m. EST, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
Where: Online. Advance registration is recommended.


RIS@ATS 2019

The Respiratory Innovation Summit unites the innovators, investors, and clinicians who are leading the fight to create powerful new treatments for deadly and crippling diseases of the lungs and airways. Read this month’s President’s Message from Polly Parsons, MD, about RIS@ATS.

The second RIS@ATS will take place on May 17 during the ATS 2019 International Conference in Dallas, Texas.

See highlights from the first RIS@ATS and save the date to join us in Dallas on May 17, 2019!