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Research Advocacy Committee

Chair Veena B. Antony, MD Birmingham, AL
Vice Chair James K. Brown, MD San Francisco, CA
Committee Member Jennifer Alexander-Brett, MD, PhD Saint Louis, MO
Committee Member Navneet K. Dhillon, PhD Kansas City, KS
Committee Member Andrew P. Fontenot, MD Aurora, CO
Committee Member Jose L. Gomez, MS, MD, ATSF New Haven, CT
Committee Member Jennifer L. Ingram, PhD Durham, NC
Committee Member Nizar N. Jarjour, MD, ATSF Madison, WI
Committee Member Claude T. Jourdan Le Saux, PhD San Francisco, CA
Committee Member - PAR Representative Michele Manion, BS Minneapolis, MN
Committee Member Thomas J. Mariani, PhD Rochester, NY
Committee Member Anna Nolan, MS, MD, ATSF New York, NY
Committee Member Stephen R. Reeves, MD, PhD Seattle, WA
Committee Member Amali E. Samarasinghe, PhD Memphis, TN
Committee Member Daniel J. Weiss, MD, PhD, ATSF Burlington, VT
Committee Member Michelle Yu, MD, PhD San Francisco, CA
Staff Nuala Moore Washington, DC

The principal function of the Research Advocacy Committee is to serve as a resource for the staff of the ATS Government Relations Office and to advise the ATS Executive Committee and Board of Directors on issues of policy importance and priorities for ATS action regarding research advocacy. The Research Advocacy Committee promotes the inclusion of the Society’s research agenda in the programs of relevant funding agencies and advocates for adequate funding of these programs to meet public needs, including patient-centered research that promotes health equality. It works collaboratively with the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to advance research in areas of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep. Working in close association with the ATS Governmental Relations Office, the Committee monitors congressional budgets and legislation with budgetary implications and advocates for research support. It should also collaborate with international societies and agencies to promote adequate funding of global research that addresses the Society’s research agenda.

Benchmarks, 2019-2020
• Provide information and guidance to the ATS Government Relations office on federal research funding and policy issues as they relate to the research interests of the ATS and its members;
• Report to the Executive Committee on progress of Department of Veterans Affairs Research Advocacy Subcommittee;
• Provide a 1-2 page outline of recommended requests of institute directors for the ATS meetings at the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs Research program;
• Participate in ATS annual Hill Day in Washington DC to advocate for health research funding;
• Report to Executive Committee on committee activities in relation to advocacy efforts and any important policy initiatives that warrant a society response;
• Identify ways this committee can better engage junior members
• Collaborate with other committees to focus on advocacy to advance respiratory health
• Inform and educate membership on issues pertaining to national funding agencies and opportunities, upcoming legislative issues that concern respiratory health, and opportunities for advocacy through the ATS Research Quarterly.