2013 ATS Opening Ceremony

Saturday, May 18
4:30 pm-5:30 pm
Grand Ballroom (Above Grand Hall)
Pennsylvania Convention Center

The ATS 2013 Opening Ceremony will bring together the diverse attendees of the International Conference—clinicians and researchers, educators and students, national and international—for a session that sets the tone for the week.

ATS President Monica Kraft will open the session with a look at the ATS’s illustrious history of bringing together the leading lights in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. As the oldest medical association in respiratory medicine, the ATS has convened “colleagues in discovery” who have used the ATS conference as a forum for sharing knowledge, discussing common problems, and challenging one another over how to move forward in confronting the most critical issues facing the respiratory community—from vanquishing the TB epidemic, to sounding a clarion call about the dangers of smoking, to addressing the challenge of interstitial lung disease with the most current clinical guidelines.

The ceremony will also pay tribute to Philadelphia, the host city for ATS 2013. The birthplace of American medicine, Philadelphia is the site of the nation’s first medical school, medical library, and teaching hospital. Today, its many educational, medical, scientific institutions and companies, along with the thousands of health care professionals and scientists who work in the metropolitan region, continue to expand the horizons of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.

Philadelphia’s—and, indeed, Pennsylvania’s—rich history in science and health will be chronicled in a video featuring interviews with the pulmonary, critical care, and sleep leaders at these groundbreaking institutions who are also among the ATS’s most prominent members. These institutions and individuals have played an important role in the American Thoracic Society’s history.

During the Opening Ceremony, attendees will learn more about the intersection of the host city, the ATS, and the development of respiratory medicine. Mark Sanders, who is the founder of Inhalatorium (inhalatorium.com), an online museum of medical inhalation technologies, will talk about the history of inhalation therapy. The development of many of the devices in his collection can be be traced to Philadelphia.

A recognized expert in the history of inhalation devices, Mr. Sanders has written a chapter to an aerosol science textbook and has written articles that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals. He has been invited to address the annual meeting of medical aerosol scientists at Drug Delivery to the Lungs and on many other occasions to smaller groups of specialists in the United Kingdom and the United States.

The session will conclude, appropriately for a Society as visionary as the ATS, with a look forward. ATS President-Elect Patricia Finn will discuss her agenda for the coming year, which includes a focus on disparities in health care and how the Society might address this problem through its policy statements, educational programs, scientific journals, and advocacy.

An informal reception will follow the Opening Ceremony.

This event is supported by AstraZeneca LP.