Newswise — The American Thoracic Society (ATS) would like to invite you to cover the ATS 2016 International Conference (ATS 2016), the world’s premier scientific forum on the latest developments in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. ATS 2016 will take place May 13-18 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

ATS 2016 will feature more than 500 sessions, 800 speakers, and scientific poster sessions and individual presentations of nearly 7,000 scientific and case report abstracts, covering a range of clinical and basic science discoveries that are changing medicine's understanding and treatment of patients.

A fully equipped and staffed press room, with computer workstations and laptop connections, will be available for registered journalists from Sunday, May 15, through Wednesday, May 18, in the West Building,third floor lobby in the San Francisco Moscone Convention Center.

The press room will feature news releases on key scientific presentations being made at the meeting, as well as access to physician experts in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. Briefings by research scientists will also be scheduled.

In addition to the many sessions taking place, you will have the opportunity to attend:

• The Opening Ceremony featuring J. Craig Venter, PhD, a biologist renowned for his contributions in sequencing a draft human genome in 2001.• The ATS Keynote Series, featuring eight presentations by experts on Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Drug Discovery, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Hypertension, and Sleep Apnea.• The J. Burns Amberson Lecturer presented by Marlene Rabinovitch, MD, the Dwight and Vera Dunlevie Professor of Pediatrics and professor of developmental biology at Stanford University School of Medicine, whose research focus is pulmonary arterial hypertension. • The Plenary Session featuring Katie Meyler, one of the “Ebola Fighters” collectively recognized by TIME magazine as the 2014 Person of the Year.• The President’s Symposium on applied physiology, featuring Jeffrey Fredberg, PhD, professor of bioengineering and physiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Jeffrey Drazen, MD, editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, among others.

Complimentary Registration for journalists is available online.

Please use the link above. Do not use the general registration form if you wish to register as press—if you use general registration your registration will not be processed . We recommend registering by May 9 in order to ensure that a badge will be available in the press room upon your arrival.

For more information about ATS 2016 press registration and media activities at the conference, see our media guidelines or contact Dacia Morris at dmorris@thoracic.org.

About the American Thoracic Society:Founded in 1905, the American Thoracic Society is the world's leading medical association dedicated to advancing pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. The Society’s 15,000 members prevent and fight respiratory disease around the globe through research, education, patient care and advocacy. The ATS publishes three journals, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology and the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.