October 1, 2015
On June 8-June 11, 2016, the 59th Annual Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference will convene at The Gant Conference Center in Aspen, Colorado. The theme of the conference will be “Lung Transplantation: Opportunities for Repair and Regeneration”. The life cycle of a lung transplant spans donation, explantation, preservation, implantation and finally accommodation. Through each of these stages innate and adaptive responses involving inflammation and fibrosis can harm the life-saving graft. Emerging insights into these events create the potential for new interventions that promote organ health and patient survival. With an emphasis on integration of basic, translational and clinical approaches, the 59th Annual Aspen Lung Conference will focus on the central question of each of these stages: how can knowledge of the mechanisms underlying allograft injury, airway inflammation and remodeling be translated into effective approaches to improve long-term allograft survival? To address this central question, the program will be organized into a series of thematic sessions focusing on (i) new concepts in lung allograft preservation and reconditioning utilizing ex-vivo lung perfusion, (ii) adaptive immunity including new arenas in T cell and B cell biology, (iii) host response/innate immune mechanisms, (iv) airway/allograft remodeling and (v) strategic approaches to translating scientific advances into impactful therapy including molecular phenotyping, novel immunosuppression and development of novel diagnostic and monitoring techniques. Our overall objective is to assemble thought leaders in transplantation to educate the next generation of scientists and define the next big steps to be taken in the field.
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 Sonja Schrepfer, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of California, San Francisco.
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 presentation at the conference. Please use the enclosed abstract form as your guide. The deadline for abstract submission is February 14, 2016. 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 28, 2016 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, Tereza Martinu, M.D. and Mark R. Nicolls, M.D. we look forward to your participation in the Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference, 59th 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
Martin R. Zamora, M.D.
Chair, 59th Annual Meeting
Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference
Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Lung Transplant Program
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, Colorado, USA