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What to Expect at ATS 2021 International Conference

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Key Takeaways

  • The International Meeting of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2021 will be held online from May 14-19, 2021.
  • Participant’s should attend the opening address on Saturday, May 15, which will feature Anthony Fauci, MD and the Plenary keynote address by internationally recognized filmmaker Rodrigo Garcia Barcha on Tuesday, May 18.
  • Registration is open until July 25, 2021, as the meeting will be available to view until July 2.

The conference of the American Thoracic Society will be a virtual event held from May 14-19, 2021. The meeting, originally planned to be held in San Diego, CA, was switched to virtual based on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, the organization has promised an online experience that will “deliver a robust program offering science, education, and networking through our virtual platform.” 

Who Should Attend?

Every year, nearly 14,000 pulmonary, critical care, and sleep professionals attend ATS to learn about the latest advances in thoracic medicine. Additionally, clinicians and researchers in fields such as allergy & immunology, infectious disease, behavioral health science, cardiology, and pediatric pulmonary, critical care, and sleep professionals. 

In pulmonary medicine, some areas discussed during ATS include:

  • COPD
  • Pediatric and Adult Asthma
  • IPF
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension

For critical care professionals, topics to be discussed include:

  • Critical Care Clinical Trials
  • End-of-Life Care
  • ALI/ARDS
  • Sepsis
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Non-Invasive Ventilation

In sleep, lectures, presentations, and abstracts may cover topics about:

  • Sleep-Disordered Breathing and Cardiovascular and Metabolic Outcomes
  • Diagnosing Sleep Problems
  • Pathogenesis and the Upper Airway
  • Treatment Options for Sleep Problems

Program At-A-Glance

On Saturday, May 15, the opening ceremony will be held at 7pm. The “Breakthrough Address” will be given by Anthony Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Juan Celedon, MD, DrPH, ATSF, president of the ATS will provide an update of the Society’s major accomplishments for the past year and priorities for the coming one. 

Throughout the entire duration of the conference, attendees can participate in:

  • Clinical and scientific sessions
  • Keynote series lectures
  • Postgraduate courses
  • Conversations with experts
  • Innovations in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine
  • Abstract presentations
  • Networking opportunities

Industry programs will be available starting May 16-May 19. On Tuesday, May 18, at 7pm, the Plenary Session will feature a keynote address by internationally recognized filmmaker Rodrigo Garcia Barcha. Other activities at the Plenary Session include the ratification of the 2021-2022 slate of officers as well as remarks from outgoing president Juan C. Celedón, MD, DrPH, ATSF, and incoming president Lynn Schnapp, MD, ATSF.

More Stuff to Do

Attendees can view feature presentations based on original research from accepted abstracts. Mini Symposia and Thematic Poster Sessions are abstract based sessions. Abstracts can be viewed at any point during the meeting, and abstracts presented at the ATS 2021 will be published in the Online Abstract Issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Volume 203, May 3, 2021.

For early career professionals interested in attending ATS 2021, the organization has put together several educational programs, networking opportunities, and resources aimed at increasing professional success. A kickoff will be held for all early professionals on May 15 at 6:30 pm, and additional resources for early professionals can be found here.

To stay up to date with all things ATS 2021, follow their social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. The organization will provide meeting updates, event reminders, and virtual pictures on their official social media accounts, and attendees are encouraged to use the hashtag #ATS2021. 

Interested in Going?

Registration for ATS 2021 is extended until Friday, June 25, as all materials from the meeting will be available online until July 2, 2021. Full registration details–including fees–are available on the official registration page. Participants can register by themselves or in a group setting of 5 or more. 

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