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Since its inception, the ATS Research Program has awarded $21.9 million to 321 investigators who have gone on to later secure $491 million in federal funding.

ATS Research Program awardees go on to establish laboratories where they publish their findings in the world’s leading journals… achieve leadership positions at prominent institutions… mentor the next generation of researchers and clinicians… and develop promising new treatments for complex lung diseases.

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Bria Marielle Coates, MD, Recipient of a 2015 ATS Foundation/American Lung Association Grant

"A lot of what we do in pediatric critical care is based on extrapolations from what works in adults, but children aren’t little adults, and I realized that to offer critically ill children the best care, we need to have more knowledge.” (Read more...)

Benjamin Medoff

Benjamin Medoff, MD, Recipient of a 2007 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Research Grant

I was at the tail end of my K08 and trying to take my research in a new and independent direction. This award not only extended the time I had to prepare my R01 application, but also gave me more freedom to take risks in my experimental approach.”  (Read more...)

Erica Herzog

Erica Herzog, MD, PhD, Recipient of a 2010 ATS Foundation/Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis/Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Research Grant

“At the time, it was kind of a risky project,” says Dr. Herzog. “The NIH wasn’t sure about it, but the ATS really thought that it had some potential. The project went on to receive NIH funding, but, more importantly, we went on to really make some critical insights that I think may have the potential to help patients one day.” (Read more...)


Neeta Thakur, MD, MPH, Recipient of a 2014 ATS Foundation Recognition Award for Outstanding Early Career Investigators

Dr. Thakur received an ATS Foundation Recognition Award for Outstanding Early Career Investigators, and today her research on the stress biomarkers of asthma comorbidity, as they relate to poverty, has expanded. “Poverty gets under your skin,” Dr. Thakur says. “And adverse childhood experiences impact health.” (Read more...)


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