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Special Interest Groups

The Special Interest Groups are identified by a certain region or administration. The following meetings provide a place to network and share information and interests specific to the group.

Dental Sleep Medicine Interest Group

Friday, May 17, 12 – 4 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Dallas, Moreno A (Atrium Level)

The goal of the Dental Sleep Medicine Interest Group is to bring together dentists with an interest in sleep medicine and align them with the Assembly on Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology to discuss common interests that will benefit patients worldwide.


American Thoracic Society and Societa' Italiana Malattie Respiratorie Infantili (ATS/SIMRI)

Saturday, May 18, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Dallas, Cumberland F (Exhibition Level)

The mission of this interest group is to increase the collaboration between the ATS Pediatric Assembly and SIMRI with the aim of promoting research, education, patient care, and advocacy by establishing joint projects between the two Societies.


Children’s Interstitial and Diffuse Lung Disease Research Network (chILDRN)

Sunday, May 19, 6:30 – 7:45 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Dallas, Cumberland F (Exhibition Level)

The Children’s Interstitial and Diffuse Lung Disease Research Network (chILDRN) mission is to improve care and discover new treatments and cures for children with rare diffuse lung disease through research, education and advocacy. The ATS special interest group will allow our members to connect world-wide and report on current activities.


Pulmonary and Critical Care Network Veterans Administration Interest Group

Sunday, May 19, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Dallas, Moreno A-B (Atrium Level)

The Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest integrated health care system in the country with a strong commitment towards pulmonary diseases and critical care. Pulmonary diseases are among the top chronic diseases treated in the VA system and are responsible for a significant number of hospital admissions and re-admissions. These conditions also contribute to the development of critical illness. These issues and the status of research in the VA, including review of current programs and opportunities for future funding, will be discussed.


Supplemental Oxygen Therapy

Sunday, May 19, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Dallas, Cumberland F (Exhibition Level)

The goal of this group is to provide a multidisciplinary venue for addressing ongoing issues related to supplemental oxygen use in adult outpatients.  Activities may include planning ATS conference symposia, reviewing and developing educational documents for patients and health professionals, providing updates on lobbying/payer issues related to the CMS Competitive Bidding Program and reimbursement, and addressing any other findings or new investigations related to supplemental oxygen.


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Allies (LGBTQ) Interest Group

Sunday, May 19, 6 – 8 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Dallas, Cockrell (Atrium Level)

The goal of the LGBTQ and Allies Interest Group is to create a forum within the ATS membership that will address the medical and social needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning community and their allies in relation to the work of the ATS. The following issues may be addressed: the significantly higher number of LGBTQ people who use tobacco; issues of access to care; visitation rights to patients by their life partners in hospital and clinic settings; and negotiation fellowships/practice groups.


Infant and Preschool Lung Function Interest Group

Monday, May 20, 6:30 – 7:45 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Dallas, Gaston B (Atrium Level)

The Infant and Preschool Lung Function Interest Group provides global leadership and standardization for infant and preschool pulmonary function tests and their role in the diagnosis and management of early lung disease.


Integrative Therapies

Monday, May 20, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Dallas, Cockrell (Atrium Level)

The Integrative Therapies Interest Group provides an opportunity for clinicians and researchers to explore the scientific foundation for interventions that are grounded in philosophies other than Western medicine. This group also advocates for education and research about patient safety related to integrative therapies.


Aging in Critical Care

Monday, May 20, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Dallas, Cumberland B (Exhibition Level)

The Aging in Critical Care Interest Group is a collaborative, interdisciplinary group of critical care experts with a multipronged focus on improving the health of older adults across the spectrum of critical illness and recovery.


Pulmonary Complications of Childhood Cancer

Monday, May 20, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Dallas, Cumberland C (Exhibition Level)

The goal of the ATS Pulmonary Complications of Childhood Cancer Interest Group is to create a group within the ATS membership that will address pediatric and adult lung diseases relevant to childhood cancer treatment and the acute and long-term complications of childhood cancer treatment, including hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.


Neonatal and Developing Lung Interest Group

Tuesday, May 21, 5 – 7 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Dallas, Pegasus Ballroom A (Exhibition Level)

The goal of the Neonatal and Developing Lung Interest Group creates networking opportunities for basic and clinical scientists, present state of the art topics, and support clinical and basic research in neonatal lung science.


Women in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Wednesday, May 22, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Dallas, Cumberland I (Exhibition Level)

The Women in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Interest Group will foster and encourage involvement of women engaged in the field of critical care as clinicians, researchers, and leaders, to become active and contributing members of the American Thoracic Society; to educate other members of the ATS regarding programming and opportunities that will build and sustain careers in critical care; and to support women from diverse backgrounds to engage in critical care via formal and informal networking opportunities.