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Thank you for participating in the 2019 ATS Assembly Challenge!

The ATS would like to thank all ATS assemblies for their outreach efforts and generosity during the 2019 ATS Assembly Challenge. This was the closest Assembly Challenge yet!


James M. Beck, MD, ATSF, ATS President, with Jay K. Kolls, MD, AII Assembly Chair


James M. Beck, MD, ATSF, ATS President, with Linda L. Chlan, PhD, RN, ATSF, NUR Assembly Chair


James M. Beck, MD, ATSF, ATS President, with Melanie Koenigshoff, MD, PhD, ATSF, RCMB Assembly Chair

  • Most dollars raised: Allergy Immunology & Inflammation with $69,188
  • Highest member participation: Nursing with 20.34%
  • Most first-time donors in Dec.: Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology with 22 new donors in Dec. alone

Many members made gifts supporting the Research Program and other core programs in the final days of 2019. Gifts both large and small were received—and much appreciated.


There was tremendous energy around the challenge this year, with assembly chairs crafting special messages geared specifically to their assemblies. Most assembly chairs sent two or more personal emails to their members during the challenge.

Your outreach and generosity provided a big boost to year-end giving campaigns—and a boost to our upcoming grant-making capacity for talented investigators.

Congratulations to the Allergy Immunology & Inflammation, Nursing, and Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology assemblies! They will receive special recognition in ATS communications, at ATS 2020 Philadelphia, PA, and within their own assemblies.

Thank you again to all of the ATS assemblies for your enthusiastic support!

Truly, your energy, creativity, and participation this year were outstanding. Thank you for everything that you do for the ATS, young investigators, patients, and respiratory health worldwide.

The American Thoracic Society improves global health by advancing research, patient care, and public health in pulmonary disease, critical illness, and sleep disorders. Founded in 1905 to combat TB, the ATS has grown to tackle asthma, COPD, lung cancer, sepsis, acute respiratory distress, and sleep apnea, among other diseases.

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