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International Participants Center


Sunday, May 20 - Tuesday, May 22 • 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 23 • 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center
Sails Pavilion (Upper Level)

All International participants are invited to visit the ATS 2018 International Participants Center during their time at the International Conference.

The Center is designed to enhance the conference experience for participants from outside North America, as well as provide opportunities for all participants to become more knowledgeable about ATS international activities. The Center also provides a place to meet with colleagues, network, or just relax during your time at ATS 2018. While at the ATS International Participants Center, visit with the ATS International Activities Staff from the Washington Office or make use of the Center amenities including:

  • Computer stations to access your email and the Internet.
  • Complimentary snacks, coffee, and soda.
  • Space to meet with colleagues, network, or relax.

Meetings Held in the IPC

1. Global Health Careers in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Sunday, May 20 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Chairing: Juliana Ferreira (University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Neill Adhikari (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, Canada)

This interactive session will provide early career professionals an invaluable opportunity to interface and network with pulmonary & critical care faculty with established global health careers and researchers from LMICs. Panelists will include both junior and senior faculty from high income countries and low and middle income countries and will highlight different pathways to establishing partnerships and building an academic career in global health.

At the end of the session the participants should be able to:

  • Understand different strategies to develop a successful career in academic global health.
  • Understand barriers and facilitators to establishing partnerships in global health. 
  • Have an opportunity to network with established global health faculty. 

2. Grant Writing for Beginners: How to Write a Strong Proposal and Receive Funding
Tuesday, May 22 from 12 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Chairing: Juliana Ferreira, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Cecilia M Patino, University of Southern California, USA

Participants Center will host a grant writing for investigators discussion. This seminar is open to any MECOR Program graduate interested in learning specific skills on how to write competitive grants for ATS Foundation awards, and/or any Investigators currently working in low and middle-income countries who are interested in learning about the grant writing process.

At the end of the session the participants should be able to:

  • To describe and summarize basic components of a grant proposal
  • To describe specific grant strategies for writing a successful application for the ATS Foundation Awards.
  • To formulate a list of common characteristics grant reviewers look for in competitive grant proposals.

International Participants Reception

Mark Your Calendars!
Reception for International Participants
A networking event is taking place at the International Participants Center in recognition of international participants attending the ATS 2018, and to honor this year’s International Trainee/MECOR Scholarship Awardees. It will be held from 4:15 – 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, and open to all international participants, current and former International Trainee/MECOR award recipients, and their colleagues.