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ASSEMBLY ON ALLERGY, IMMUNOLOGY AND INFLAMMATION (AII)

This Assembly is concerned with allergic, immunologic, and inflammatory mechanisms affecting the respiratory system in health and disease, as well as immune mechanisms of critical illness. This includes all aspects of basic mechanisms cellular immunology, systems biology, epidemiology, and clinical manifestations.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR
Angela J. Rogers, MPH, MD
ajrogers@stanford.edu

ASSEMBLY ON BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE AND HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH (BSHSR)

This Assembly seeks to understand and improve health behaviors and outcomes, improve systems of care, reduce health disparities, and develop and evaluate innovations in training and education administration. Members have expertise in psychology, adherence to therapy, clinical epidemiology, statistics, health services research, health economics, comparative clinical efficacy and effectiveness research, performance measurement, quality improvement, implementation science, and medical education. Members represent a wide variety of clinical interest areas, including pulmonary diseases, critical illnesses and sleep‐related breathing disorders.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR
Meeta Prasad Kerlin, MD
prasadm@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

ASSEMBLY ON CLINICAL PROBLEMS (CP)

This Assembly is concerned with clinical problems in diagnosis, therapy and health care, improvement for training of physicians and other allied health professionals, and development of innovative methods for health care delivery. The Assembly has particular interests in clinical trials and observational studies (both epidemiologic and translational) related to COPD, Interstitial Lung Diseases, Bronchiectasis (both CF and non-CF), and Interventional Pulmonary Medicine.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR
Maryl Kreider, MD, MSCE
maryl.kreider@uphs.upenn.edu

ASSEMBLY ON CRITICAL CARE (CC)

This Assembly is concerned with the integrated diagnosis and management of critical care patients; clinical, mechanistic laboratory and translational studies dealing with disease such as ARDS, respiratory failure, sepsis, multiple organ failure, intoxication syndromes, neurocognitive dysfunction; recovery from and consequences of post-critical illness dysfunction, health-economic impacts of critical illness; and programs to improve the quality of health care for patients and provide continued education to physicians and other allied health professionals.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR
Eddy Fan, MD, PhD
eddy.fan@uhn.ca

ASSEMBLY ON ENVIRONMENTAL, OCCUPATIONAL, AND POPULATION HEALTH (EOPH)

This Assembly is concerned with the impact of environmental and occupational exposures on lung health, as well as genetic susceptibility to environmentally and occupationally related lung disease. Includes epidemiology, exposure assessment, toxicology, occupational/environmental medicine, and population health.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR
Ilona Jaspers, PhD
ilona_jaspers@med.unc.edu

ASSEMBLY ON NURSING (NUR)

This Assembly is concerned with clinical research, patient education, symptom management, patient and family engagement, practice improvement, and research incorporating interdisciplinary collaboration and a comprehensive biopsychosocial approach. The assembly represents a wide variety of clinical areas across pulmonary disease, critical illness, and sleep disorders.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR
Anne Marie Russell, MScN
a.russell@imperial.ac.uk

ASSEMBLY ON PEDIATRICS (PED)

This Assembly is concerned with both the clinical aspects of and research into the growth, function and pathophysiology of the respiratory system of the developing child, adolescent and young adult.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR
Sharon A. McGrath-Morrow, MD
smcgrath@jhmi.edu

ASSEMBLY ON PULMONARY CIRCULATION (PC)

This Assembly is concerned with the physiology, cellular and molecular biology, and clinical aspects of the pulmonary circulation, and the interrelations between respiration and pulmonary circulation.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR
Sebastien Bonnet, PhD, MSc
sebastien.bonnet@criucpq.ulaval.ca

ASSEMBLY ON PULMONARY INFECTIONS AND TUBERCULOSIS (PI-TB)

This Assembly is concerned with the entire spectrum of acute and chronic pulmonary infections encompassing bacterial, tuberculous and nontuberculous mycobacterial, viral, and fungal infections; all aspects from pathophysiology, immunology, and host defense, microbiology, epidemiology, prevention and control, to diagnosis and treatment; and all clinical manifestations including community-acquired and hospital-acquired infections, infections in the immunocompromised host, airway infections, bronchiectasis, and empyema.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR
Charles Dela Cruz, MD, PhD
charles.delacruz@yale.edu

ASSEMBLY ON PULMONARY REHABILITATION (PR)

This Assembly is concerned with the role of pulmonary rehabilitation in the context of the current health care environment. Members promote education for the public and other health care providers about the scientific rationale for and clinical outcomes of pulmonary rehabilitation, as well as continued investigation into the scientific rationale for and clinical outcomes of pulmonary rehabilitation and integrated chronic disease management.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR
Michael Steiner, MBBS, MD
michael.steiner@uhl-tr.nhs.uk

ASSEMBLY ON RESPIRATORY CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (RCMB)

This Assembly is focused on cellular and molecular mechanisms and systems biology of lungs through development, health, aging and disease, highlighting patient-relevant basic and translational research.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR
Enid R. Neptune, MD
eneptune@jhmi.edu

ASSEMBLY ON RESPIRATORY STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION (RSF)

This Assembly is concerned with physiological, morphologic, biochemical, cellular and molecular properties of the normal respiratory system and the mechanisms through which spontaneous or experimental disease alters these properties. Members have interests in lung and skeletal muscle physiology, respiratory mechanics, acute lung injury, imaging and mathematical modeling, lung function testing and aerosols.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR
Y.S. Prakash, MD, PhD
prakash.ys@mayo.edu

ASSEMBLY ON SLEEP AND RESPIRATORY NEUROBIOLOGY (SRN)

This Assembly is concerned with basic respiratory neurobiology, mechanisms of dyspnea, and the causes, consequences and clinical management of sleep disordered breathing.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR
Bradley A. Edwards, PhD
bradley.edwards@monash.edu

ASSEMBLY ON THORACIC ONCOLOGY (TO)

This Assembly is concerned with all aspects of thoracic malignancies, including screening, diagnosis, staging, management, and palliation, as well as molecular, epidemiologic, immunologic, behavioral, and translational science of thoracic cancer.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR
Anil Vachani, MD
anil.vachani@gmail.com