On June 5-June 8, 2013, the 56th Annual Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference will convene at The Gant Conference Center in majestic Aspen, Colorado. The theme of the conference will be “The Lung Microbiome: A New Frontier in Pulmonary Medicine”. Emphasizing the integration of basic, translational and clinical sciences, the meeting will focus on the utilization of new strategies and technologies to investigate the pathogenesis, treatments, and outcomes of the lung microbiome. Anchored by twelve State of the Art presentations delivered by international experts, the thematic sessions will address epidemiology, cell biology, the role of inflammation, genetics, the impact of alterations of the lung microbiome on disease, and prospects for novel disease modifying and preventive therapies.
As with previous Aspen Lung Conferences, we will utilize the successful format of State of the Art presentations grouped with relevant, short presentations. Each presentation will have sufficient time for discussion to facilitate a lively exchange of new ideas and thoughts on advances in the understanding of the microbiome, the determination of factors affecting the microbiome, and the ways in which these influences may occur. Abstracts that focus on translation of these discoveries to novel treatment strategies are strongly encouraged. There will be six honorary lectures: the Parker B. Francis Lectureship, the Roger S. Mitchell Lecture, the Giles F. Filley Lecture, the Thomas A. Neff Lecture, the Reuben M. Cherniack Lecture and the Thomas L. Petty Lecture. The Conference Summary will be presented by James Kiley, Ph.D., Head of the Lung Division, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
We are particularly interested in attracting abstracts related to the broad topics above. Accordingly, we invite you and your colleagues to submit abstracts for consideration for presentation at the conference. Please use the enclosed abstract form as your guide. The deadline for abstract submission is February 14, 2013. All who submit abstracts will be invited to attend the conference. Time limitations, however, do not allow all submitted abstracts to be presented. In the past, about one third of the submitted abstracts were accepted for presentation or poster sessions based on evaluation by a Selection Committee. We will once again offer the Thomas L. Petty Fellow Travel Award in the amount of $1,000 to one fellow whose abstract has been accepted for presentation. All investigators will be notified on or near March 25, 2013 about acceptance of their abstracts. Additionally, please notify us if you wish to attend, even if you do not plan to submit an abstract, as we expect a large turnout.
We look forward to your participation in the Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference, 56th Annual Meeting and to a combination of outstanding science and great fun. We hope that you and your colleagues will be able to join us. For additional information about this important conference visit www.aspenlungconference.org