October 1, 2016
On June 7-June 10, 2017 the 60th Annual Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference will convene at The Gant Conference Center in Aspen, Colorado. The theme of the conference will be the “Environment and Global Lung Health: Exposure, Susceptibility and Intervention”. The majority of chronic lung diseases are due to environmental exposures, and occupational toxicants. Understanding the mechanisms by which exposures cause chronic lung diseases, and developing novel strategies to limit or prevent these diseases would significantly impact global lung health. With an emphasis on the integration of basic, translational and clinical approaches, the 60th Annual Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference will focus on a central question: How can knowledge of the mechanisms underlying exposure-induced chronic lung diseases be translated into effective approaches to treat and ultimately prevent disease burden? To address this central question, we organized the program into a series of thematic sessions focusing on (i) the magnitude and burden of exposure-induced lung diseases and their impact on global health (ii) exposure assessment, exposure biology and the susceptible host, (iii) the molecular mechanisms of exposure that result in lung fibrosis, asthma and other chronic lung diseases, (iv) epigenetic, genetic, and genomic interactions with the environment, resulting in obstructive lung disease, cancer, and pulmonary fibrosis and (v) strategic approaches to translate scientific advances to prevent and intervene to reduce exposures and improve lung health. These diverse themes will be reconciled in a concluding Conference Summary presented by Jonathan M. Samet, M.D., M.S., Professor of Preventive Medicine and Director, Institute for Global Health, University of Southern California.
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 environmental and global lung health. There will be seven 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, the Thomas L. Petty Lecture and the Marvin I. Schwarz Lecture.
We are particularly interested in attracting translational basic or clinical research abstracts related to the broad topics above. Accordingly, we invite you and your colleagues to submit abstracts for consideration for a podium presentation and/or a poster at the conference (abstracts can be similar to those used for ATS). Please use the enclosed abstract form as your guide. The deadline for abstract submission is February 14, 2017. All who submit abstracts are invited to attend the conference whether their abstract is accepted or not but must register if they plan to attend. 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 podium presentations or poster sessions based on evaluation by a Selection Committee. We will offer two Thomas L. Petty Fellow Travel Awards in the amount of $1,000 each to two fellows whose abstracts have been accepted for podium presentations. All investigators will be notified on or near March 31, 2017 about acceptance of their abstracts. Additionally, please register if you wish to attend, even if you do not plan to submit an abstract, as we expect a large turnout.
On behalf of my Co-Chairs, Arnold R. Brody, Ph.D. and David A. Schwartz, M.D., MPH, we look forward to your participation in the Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference, 60th 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 please visit www.aspenlungconference.org
Lisa A. Maier, M.D., MSPH
Chair, 60th Annual Meeting
Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference
Chief, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
National Jewish Health
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine