Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Week

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Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Week


Welcome Message

Lung infections from “NTM” or nontuberculous mycobacteria have been rising in recent years. The incidence of infection with different species of NTM varies by patient risk factors as well as environmental differences around the world. While recent studies have improved our understanding of NTM disease, much remains to be learned. New diagnostic tests as well as more effective and less toxic drugs to treat NTM are sorely needed.

The ATS has worked to increase awareness and provide educational opportunities to learn about NTM infections. The number of sessions focused on NTM at the ATS International Conference has increased dramatically and attendance at these sessions has been remarkable. In 2019, ATS will again have a postgraduate course for health care providers on NTM on Saturday, May 18 at the International Conference in Dallas.

Patients are an important part of these sessions. ATS has been fortunate to have a patient with NTM infection speak during Patient Speaker Sessions at the International Conference since 2015. Hearing the patient perspective is critical for clinicians and scientists to learn more about what patients with NTM experience and undergo, and can stimulate further research to improve care and outcomes in ways that matter to patients. 



Kristina Crothers, MD
Professor of Medicine
Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Kristin Highland, MD

Susan Wisliceny
Executive Director, NTM Info & Research, Inc.
Member, ATS Public Advisory Roundtable


ATS NTM Disease Partner
NTM Info & Research, Inc.



NTM Info & Research (NTMir) is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed on behalf of patients with pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) disease for the purpose of patient support, medical education and research. NTMir serves patients and physicians concerned with NTM.

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