• ATS, The American Thoracic Society, had its annual meeting in San Francisco this May attracting an international response of more than 17,000 physicians, researchers and others dedicated to solving the problems of pulmonary disease! The languages may vary, but interests and problems are shared by all attendees whether they speak Polish, Swedish, Japanese or one of the many other tongues heard in the halls. Excitement filled the air as ideas were exchanged, new research reported, and friends from around the world greeted each other with exclamations of delight.
  • If only each and every one of you could have joined this conference for an hour or two!
  • You would have returned to your home filled with optimism for the future and no longer discouraged by what may seem like the world’s lack of interest, or a lack of progress. Keep reading, and later in this newsletter we will give you a few of the highlights of this inspiring conference.
  • First, however, high on our list of priorities, is a last reminder about the upcoming RALLY FOR RESEARCH to be held at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center June 22nd starting at 9:30 a.m. (though most everything will be ready by 9 a.m. for our always early rally participants!). If you have made an unanswered call to (310) 539-8390 please try again. Mary was out of the country and out of town for several weeks and a few calls may have been missed.
  • We hope all of you who are planning to come make advance reservations. It is already obvious that we will have a capacity crowd and may not be able to handle last minute walk-ins.
  • Whether you are an individual, or coordinate a pulmonary group, getting your checks in early, rather than at the door, will help you to waltz right in, rather than standing in a long line. How? We will mail out a map, raffle ticket and name tag for each advance paying participant or group. The name tag with your name and group name is your admission ticket into the entertainment and displays that will be waiting for everyone. There is just too much to do and see to waste even a minute in a line!
  • Vendors who have not yet reserved a booth also need to contact us immediately to take advantage of displaying their products to such an interested audience while helping to support the Chair in the Rehabilitative Sciences. We still have 2 places open. Remember, your fee for joining us will go to support the Chair and will be acknowledged as such. It is a win-win situation!