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ATS Foundation Announces $100,000, Two-year Non-Invasive Ventilation Research Grant

New York, NY – April 4, 2017 – The American Thoracic Society today announced a new $100,000 two-year research fellowship in the area of noninvasive ventilation (NIV) in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 

The “ATS Foundation/ResMed Research Fellowship in Noninvasive Ventilation in COPD” award is funded by ResMed (NYSE:RMD), a global leader in NIV devices for treating COPD in the home and hospital. 

“This award comes at a time of high demand for increasingly effective treatments of COPD, which affects 65 million people worldwide and is the third leading cause of death in the world, behind only heart disease and stroke,” said Dean Schraufnagel, MD, chair of the ATS Foundation and a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “We’re grateful to ResMed for supporting this research, and look forward to it helping improve countless lives in the future.” 

Recent studies have already begun to establish the clinical benefits of NIV for COPD, including:

  1. Lowering six-month hospital readmission rates by 47 percent.1
  2. Reducing the risk of death over one year by 76 percent.2

 “Through this award, the field of respiratory medicine stands to gain more valuable knowledge about the use of NIV for the treatment of COPD with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of patients and the efficiency of our health care system as a whole,” said Carlos Nunez, MD, ResMed Chief Medical Officer.


About the ATS Foundation

Since 2004, the ATS Foundation Research Program has awarded $16.9 million to 210 investigators who have gone on to secure more than $$214million of federal funding. That’s a return on investment of $13 per dollar awarded. Without this “seed” support, these researchers may not have received their subsequent grants, advancing our understanding of diseases in pulmonary, critical care and sleep. You can learn more about our awardees here:

About ResMed

ResMed (NYSE:RMD) changes lives with award-winning medical devices and cutting-edge cloud-based software applications that better diagnose, treat and manage sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic diseases. ResMed is a global leader in connected care, with more than 2 million patients remotely monitored every day. Our 5,000-strong team is committed to creating the world’s best tech-driven medical device company – improving quality of life, reducing the impact of chronic disease, and saving healthcare costs in more than 100 countries. | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn



  1. Galli JA, et al., Home non-invasive ventilation use following acute hypercapnic respiratory failure in COPD, Respiratory Medicine 2014
  2. Köhnlein T et al. Non-invasive positive pressure ventilation for the treatment of severe stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – A prospective, multicentre, randomized, controlled clinical trial. Lancet Respiratory Medicine 2014;2:698–705.