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ATS and Partners Celebrate NHLBI Lung Division’s 50th Anniversary with DC Events

On April 9, 2019, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s Lung Division celebrated its 50th anniversary with a series of events in the Washington-DC area with ATS and other partners. The institute held a symposium on the NIH campus, 50 Years of Progress in Pulmonary Science: Innovations in Lung Imaging for Diagnosis, Treatment and Management of Lung Diseases.

Symposium speakers included:

  • NHLBI Director Gary Gibbons, MD, with opening remarks;
  • James Crapo, MD, who spoke on the historical perspective of the Lung Division’s advancements;
  • Scott Fraser, PhD, who spoke on multi-dimensional and multiplex light lung imaging;
  • Sanjay Jain, MD, who spoke on molecular imaging technologies for bacterial and drug resistant infections;
  • Adrienne Campbell-Washburn, PhD, who spoke on low field MRI;
  • Carmen Priolo, MD, PhD, who spoke on metabolic imaging;
  • Marcus Chen, MD, who spoke on low dose CT imaging; and
  • R. Graham Barr, MD, DrPH., who spoke on opportunities for machine learning and lung imaging.

In the evening, the ATS, NHLBI Constituency Group and other organizations, including ATS PAR partners, sponsored a Capitol Hill reception in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC. ATS President Polly Parsons, MD introduced former Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan, MD, who served as master of ceremonies for the event. Speakers included Harold Wimmer, president & CEO of the American Lung Association, Gary Gibbons, MD, director, NHLBI, ATS member James Crapo, MD, and Mary Stojic, patient advocate with the LAM Foundation.

Several members of Congress attended the reception and spoke, including COPD Caucus Co-Chair Chris Stewart (R-UT), Peter King (R-NY), COPD Caucus Co-Chair Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) and House Labor-Health and Human Services Appropriations subcommittee Chair, Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). Actress Kathy Bates also made a special guest appearance.

From Left to right, Adrienne Campbell-Washburn, PhD, Sanjay Jain, MD, Scott Fraser, PhD, James Crapo, MD, James Kiley, PhD, and Gary Gibbons, MD