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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.

Pulmonary/Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Professionals of South Asian Sub-Continent Origin (SASCO) Interest Group
Sunday, May 21, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Renaissance Washington Downtown
Renaissance Ballroom East (Ballroom Level)

This meeting brings together pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine health care practitioners and trainees and affiliated health care professionals of south Asian Sub-
Continent origin to facilitate and promote the highest quality medical care.

Infant and Preschool Lung Function Interest Group
Sunday, May 21, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Renaissance Washington Downtown
Mount Vernon Square B (Meeting Room 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.

Pulmonary and Critical Care Network Veterans Administration Interest Group
Sunday, May 21, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Renaissance Washington Downtown
Mount Vernon Square A (Meeting Room 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.

The Breathing Better Alliance Advocacy Network
Sunday, May 21, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Renaissance Washington Downtown
Meeting Room 16 (Meeting Room Level)

The Breathing Better Alliance Advocacy Network is the ATS’s grassroots advocacy collaboration with the Public Advisory Roundtable. Founded by former ATS President Nick Hill, who continues to serve as honorary chair, the BBA coordinates ATS and PAR member federal legislative advocacy on health research and services funding, tobacco and clean air issues.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Allies (LGBTQ) Interest Group
Sunday, May 21, 6-8 p.m.
Renaissance Washington Downtown
Meeting Room 13-14 (Meeting Room 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.

Dental Sleep Medicine Interest Group
Sunday, May 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Renaissance Washington Downtown
Congressional Hall B (Ballroom 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.

African Interest Group
Sunday, May 21, 6-8 p.m.
Marriott Marquis Washington
Scarlett Oak (Mezzanine Level 2)

The African Interest Group was formed at the ATS in 2015.  The goal of the group is to raise awareness of African issues within the ATS, foster collaborative research and training within Africa, and to support Africans attending the ATS International Conference.

Neonatal and Developing Lung Interest Group
Tuesday, May 23, 5-7 p.m.
Renaissance Washington Downtown
Congressional Hall A (Ballroom 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.