Asthma Week

Asthma & Allergy Week

Welcome to Asthma and Allergy Week at the ATS!

Asthma afflicts one-in-ten children, and one-in-five adults in North America. The disease is usually diagnosed in the first 3-to-5 years of life, and is at the top of the reasons for emergency room visits by children annually.  For patients, asthma can be a life-long debilitation, and it requires proper diagnosis, understanding of triggers (and avoidance of same), day-to-day self-monitoring of symptoms, and commitment to taking medications correctly when needed.  Research funded through the ATS supports work toward a better understanding of fundamental biology of cells and molecules, surveillance of disease prevalence and its risk factors, the impact of current and potential new therapies, and how patient education improves quality of life.

The ATS recognizes the need to disseminate such information publically, especially to asthma sufferers and family practitioners.  For these reasons, the ATS, its researchers, and health professionals must interface with patients and their families.  The ATS is committed to its PAR partnership with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to ensure stakeholders see the enduring value of ongoing work and research related to asthma.


Andrew Halayko, PhD           
Chair, ATS Assembly on Respiratory
Structure and Function
Member, ATS Board of Directors

Charlotte Collins, JD

Charlotte Collins, JD
Vice President, Policy and Program
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Member, ATS Public Advisory Roundtable

About the ATS Asthma PARtner


The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1953, is the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies, and the oldest asthma and allergy patient group in the world.

Disclaimer: "The ATS Lung Disease Week Web site is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for personal medical attention, a diagnosis from a physician, or direct medical care.  If you are concerned about your health or that of a family member, please consult your family's healthcare provider immediately. Do not wait for a response from our members, staff or partners."