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Infant & Preschool Lung Function

Chair: Jessica E. Pittman, MD, MPH, Washington University School of Medicine


The Goal of this interest group is to provide global leadership and standardization for infant and preschool pulmonary function tests and their role in the diagnosis and management of early lung disease.  This group has standardly maintained close ties with the European Respiratory Society by having the Chairs ratify any recommendations from the working groups with both societies.  In addition, many members hold dual memberships.  The working group has evolved since its inception and currently has a wide membership with working group projects developing from the group discussions held at the ATS.


  • Evaluation of respiratory mechanics and function in the PICU and NICU
  • Evaluation and treatment of wheezing in infancy
  • Spectral and dynamic tracking forced oscillation as a non-invasive measurement of lung function in infants and young children
  • Preschool MBW Project Update
  • Promote standardization of performance and interpretation of pulmonary function testing in infants, preschoolers, and young children.
  • Promote collaboration and discussion between labs performing pulmonary function testing in infants and preschool children