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Allergy, Immunology and Inflammation Assembly

The Allergy, Immunology and Inflammation Assembly of the ATS is one of the two oldest ATS Assemblies and remains one of the largest and most diverse. Traditionally, AII members have research interests focused on asthma and allergic respiratory disease, immunologic and inflammatory mechanisms of lung disease, lung injury and repair, autoimmune lung disease, transplant immunology, and tumor immunology. However, AII is also home to the Section on Genetics and Genomics, which unites members interested in the application of “omics” technologies (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, etc) as they pertain to the diverse array of diseases encountered in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.

The AII assembly welcomes MD and PhD investigators and clinicians interested in a variety of basic and translational science research topics. Our large size and broad research scope allow for individuals with shared research interests to easily meet, interact, and collaborate both within and outside of the annual ATS International Conference. In addition, AII has one of the largest percentages of international members and an active International Relations Advisory Committee designed to facilitate networking with investigators across the globe.

Despite our large size, getting involved in the AII Assembly is easy regardless of the stage of your career! The best way to become involved in AII is to attend our annual membership business meeting at the annual ATS International Conference. At the meeting, the Assembly chair addresses issues important to ATS members, committee chairs give updates on their respective committees, and an ATS officer provides updates on the ATS as a whole. Other ways to get involved include signing up for the AII mentorship program, AII apprenticeship program, volunteering to serve on an Assembly committee, or participating in the planning and selection of an article for our monthly online journal club or moderating a podcast. Please feel free to reach out to any of the ECPWG members or enter your information on the “get involved” page on the ATS website (https://www.thoracic.org/members/assemblies/get-involved-with-ats.php).


Rachel Scheraga, MD