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Call for Abstracts

October 1, 2013


Dear Colleagues:
On June 4-June 7, 2014, the 57th 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 “Rebuilding the Injured Lung”.  With an emphasis on the integration of basic, translational and clinical sciences, the meeting will focus on the central question of how knowledge of the mechanisms of acute and chronic alveolar epithelial injury can be translated into specific approaches to reconstitute and rebuild the injured lung.  Anchored by twelve State of the Art Presentations from thought leaders in their respective fields, the conference will specifically focus on: (i) the mechanisms of acute and progressive lung injury and fibrosis,  (ii) conceptual issues centering around the complex interactions between epithelial cells, mesenchymal cells and the extracellular connective tissue matrix, (iii) harnessing contemporary understanding of matrix scaffolds and stem cell biology to therapeutically repair and rebuild the injured lung, and (iv) strategic approaches to assessing and improving therapy. 
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 lung injury, repair and regeneration. Abstracts that focus on the basic mechanisms of lung injury and repair and translation of this work into novel treatment and regenerative 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 Thomas R. Martin, M.D., Global Head, Clinical Sciences Unit, Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation.
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, 2014.  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 offer two Thomas L. Petty Fellow Travel Awards in the amount of $1,000 each to two fellows whose abstracts have been accepted for oral presentations.  All investigators will be notified on or near March 25, 2014 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.
On behalf of my Co-Chairs, Ellen L. Burnham, M.D., Gregory P. Downey, M.D., Marc Moss, M.D. and Eric P. Schmidt, M.D., we look forward to your participation in the Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference, 57th 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
Yours sincerely,
David W.H. Riches, PhD
Chair, 57th Annual Meeting
Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference
Professor and Division Head
Program in Cell Biology
Department of Pediatrics
National Jewish Health
Denver, Colorado, USA