October 1, 2014
On June 10-June 13, 2015, the 58th Annual Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference will convene at The Gant Conference Center in Aspen, Colorado. The theme of the conference will be “Asthma 2015: Mechanisms in Personalized Medicine”. With an emphasis on the integration of basic, translational and clinical approaches, the meeting will focus on a central question: how can we translate knowledge regarding the mechanisms underlying airway immunology, inflammation and repair into effective, personalized approaches to asthma therapy? To address this central question, we have organized the program into a series of thematic sessions focusing on (i) new concepts in asthma beyond adaptive immunity including new arenas in T cell biology, the microbiome, macrophage biology, epigenetics and oxidant biology, (ii) host response/innate immune mechanisms and autophagy (iii) contemporary understanding of mechanotransduction and remodeling, and (iv) strategic approaches to translating scientific advances into impactful therapy including molecular phenotyping, corticosteroid resistance and drug development for patients with mild, moderate and severe asthma.
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 asthma pathobiology and how these advances have and will continue to be translated into therapy. 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 Fernando D. Martinez, M.D., Director of the Arizona Respiratory Centre at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
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, 2015. 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 27, 2015 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, Anthony Gerber, M.D., Ph.D., Stanley Szefler, M.D., and Michael Wechsler, M.D., we look forward to your participation in the Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference, 58th 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
Monica Kraft, M.D.
Chair, 58th Annual Meeting
Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina, USA