Amberson Lecturers

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The Amberson Lecture recognizes a career of major contributions to clinical or basic research that have advanced our fundamental understanding of the basic, translational, or clinical approaches to respiratory disease, critical illness, or sleep disorders. This award also recognizes exemplary professionalism, collegiality and citizenship through mentorship and leadership in the ATS community. The Lecture is given in honor of James Burns Amberson, an international authority on chest disease and tuberculosis.

1956 James J. Waring, MD
“The Chest Clinic at Bellevue Hospital: A Better Mousetrap”
1957 Richard L. Riley, MD
“Aerial Dissemination of Pulmonary Tuberculosis”
1958 Esmond R. Long, MD
“The Supporting Structure of Immunity in the Therapy of Tuberculosis”
1959 Frank L. Horsfall, Jr., MD
“Virus Infections of the Respiratory Tract”
1960 Sidney Raffel, MD
“Aspects of Contemporary Research in Immunology”
1961 Julius H. Comroe, Jr., MD
“Recent Advances in Pulmonary Physiology”
1962 Walsh Mc Dermott, MD
“The Chemotherapy of Tuberculosis”
1963 George W. Wright, MD
“A Consideration of the Etiology of Emphysema in Terms of Contemporary Knowledge”
1964 Rene Dubos, PhD
“Anti-Tuberculosis Immunity”
1965 Georges Canetti, MD
“Present Aspects of Bacterial Resistance in Tuberculosis”
1966 Dickinson W. Richards, MD
“The Right Heart and the Lung”
1967 E.J.M. Campbell, MD
“The Management of Respiratory Failure”
1968 Marvin Kuschner, MD
“The Causes of Lung Cancer”
1969 Mary Ellen Avery, MD
“In Pursuit of Understanding the First Breath”
1970 Gareth M. Green, MD
“In Defense of the Lung”
1971 George B. MacKaness, MB
“Expressions of Cell-Mediated Hypersensitivity in the Lung”
1972 Averill A. Liebow, MD
“Pulmonary Angiitis and Granulomatosis”
1973 David V. Bates, MD
“The Fate of the Chronic Bronchitic: A Report on the Ten-Year Follow-Up Data of the Canadian Department of Veterans Affairs Coordinated Study of Chronic Bronchitis”
1974 H. Sherwood Lawrence, MD
“Immunotherapy with Transfer Factor–Molecular Intervention at the Bedside”
1975 Hermann Rahn, PhD
“Evolution, Hypothermia, and Hydrogen Ion Regulation”
1976 Jere Mead, MD
“Of Guinea Pigs and Men”
1977 Jack Pepys, MD
“Clinical and Therapeutic Significance of Patterns of Allergic Reactions of the Lungs to Extrinsic Agents”
1978 Lynne M. Reid, MD
“The Pulmonary Circulation: Remodeling in Growth and Disease”
1979 Maxwell Finland, MD
“Pneumococcal Pneumonia”
1980 Eugene D. Robin, MD
“Of Men and Mitochondria: Coping with Hypoxic Dysoxia”
1981 Edward A. Gaensler, MD
“Relationship of Environmental and Occupational Hazards to Lung Disease”
1982 Claude J.M. Lenfant, MD
“Lung Research: Government and Community”
1983 Ewald R. Weibel, MD
“Is the Lung Built Reasonably?”
1984 John B. West, MD, PhD
“High Living: Lessons from Extreme Altitudes”
1985 Gerard M. Turino, MD
“The Lung Parenchyma: A Dynamic Matrix”
1986 Peter T. Macklem, MD
“The Clinical Relevance of Respiratory Muscle Research”
1987 Norman C. Staub, MD
“Tell It Like It Was: Part II”
1988 Leon E. Farhi, MD
“Hypoxia and Regional Pulmonary Blood Flow”
1989 John F. Murray, MD
“The White Plague: Down and Out or Up and Coming?”
No Amberson Lecture given
1991 John A. Clements, MD
“Pulmonary Surfactant: Past, Present and Future”
1992 Gordon L. Snider, MD
“Emphysema: The First Two Centuries–and Beyond”
1993 Jay A. Nadel, MD
“The Airway Epithelium: More than a Zipper!”
1994 Michael J. Welsh, MD
“The Biology of Cystic Fibrosis and Approach to Treatment”
1995 Jeffrey A. Whitsett, MD
“Molecular Modeling of Human Lung Disease in Transgenic Mice”
1996 Peter J. Barnes, DM, DSc, FRCP
“Molecular Mechanisms of Asthma: Order Now Emerging from Chaos”
1997 James C. Hogg, MD, PhD
“Latent Viral Infections in the Pathogenesis of Chronic Airways Disease”
1998 Jeffrey M. Drazen, MD
“New Treatments for Asthma: The Leukotriene Story”
1999 Leonard D. Hudson, MD
“ARDS: Lessons and Challenges”
2000 Sami I. Said, MD
“Unraveling the Mysteries of Acute Lung Injury: Cell Death and Survival Pathways as Targets of Intervention”
2001 Peter D. Wagner, MD
“Exercise Limitation in Cardiopulmonary Disease: Molecular, Mathematical and Physiological Perspectives”
2002 David Gozal, MD
“Neurobehavioral Deficits of Sleep-Disordered Breathing: Evidence For Developmentally-Regulated Brain Injury, Inflammation and Repair”
2003 Peter A. Ward, MD
“How the Lung Inflammatory Response Works”
2004 Nicholas R. Anthonisen, MD, PhD
“The Lung Health Study”
2005 Peter M. Henson, DVM, MD
“Apoptosis, Inflammation and Cell Homeostasis in Lung Health and Disease”
2006 Gary W. Hunninghake, MD
“Sarcoidosis: Past, Present and Future”
2007 Michael J. Holtzman, MD
“Translating Acute Viral Infection into Chronic Disease: A New Immune Axis for Chronic Inflammatory Lung Diseases”
2008 Fernando D. Martinez, MD
“Genes and Environment in Asthma and COPD: Does It All Begin in the Cradle?”
2009 Robert M. Senior, MD
“Lung Remodeling in COPD”
2010 Dean Sheppard, MD
“How Integrins Modulate Lung Diseases: Much More than Cellular Glue”
2011 Gordon R. Bernard, MD
“Sepsis and ALI: Trials and Tribulations”
2012 Jack A. Elias, MD
“Transgenic Modeling and Chitinase-Like Proteins in Lung Injury and Repair”
2013 David A. Schwartz, MD
“Genetic Determinants of Pulmonary Fibrosis”
2014 Ronald Crystal, MD
“Airway Basal Cells: The Smoking Gun of COPD”
2015 Augustine M.K. Choi, MD
“Cytoprotection and Therapeutics in Lung Disease: From Gaseous Molecules to Autophagy”
2016 Marlene Rabinovitch, MD
“From EVE to ADAM to Finding a Cure for Pulmonary Hypertension”
2017 Peter D. Pare, MD
"The Smoking Gun: Genetics and Genomics Reveals Causal Pathways for COPD"
2018 Scott T. Weiss, MD, MS
"Network Methods to Prevent Asthma"
2019 Jahar Bhattacharya, MD, DPhil
"Lung Injury Seen Through the Lens of the Alveolus"
2020 Richard C. Boucher, Jr., MD
"Too Much of a Good Thing: Mucus Hyperconcentration in Bronchitis and Bronchiectasis"
2021 Sally E. Wenzel, MD, ATSF
"Under the Asthma Umbrella: From Phenotypes to Fundamentals"
2022 Naftali Kaminski, MD, ATSF
"Charting a Road Map to Curing Human Pulmonary Fibrosis"
2023 Zea Borok, MBChB, ATSF
"Type I, Type II and Everything In Between: Unlocking the Plasticity of Alveolar Epithelial Cells"

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