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February 4, 2008


February 4, 2008

ATS Applauds Fogarty International Center Plan

This week, ATS President David Ingbar, MD, wrote to the Director of the Fogarty International Center (FIC), Roger Glass, MD, applauding the FIC for its work on global health research and training, and supporting the agency's new strategic plan, Pathways to Global Health Research. In the letter, Dr. Ingbar expresses the ATS's support for key goals of the plan to train more researchers to meet global health needs through the expansion of its clinical research and competitive re-entry global research grants programs. The competitive re-entry grants fund foreign investigators conducting research in their native countries as a way to help develop research hubs in developing countries. To respond to the rising burden of respiratory illnesses in low and middle-income countries, the ATS is recommending that the FIC increase its investment in public awareness campaigns and research on asthma, COPD and lung cancer. A final area that the ATS is recommending increased focus on is biomarker research to help low and middle-income countries advance disease management and prevention in light of changing public health priorities.


Judge Sends TVA Air Pollution Case to Court

Last week, a federal appeals court judge upheld a lower court decision by denying a motion by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to dismiss a clean air pollution case brought against it by North Carolina. TVA had claimed that it was federal entity and therefore exempt from states being able to sue a federal entity. The suit claims that emission from TVA control coal-fired power plants in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama are significant contributors to air pollution in North Carolina. The ATS had participated in the case as an amicus filer, urging the appeals court judge to allow the case to move to trial.

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