Call for Abstracts

Abstract Deadline: February 14, 2023


On June 6-June 9, 2023, the 65th Annual Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference will convene at The Gant Conference Center in Aspen, Colorado. The theme of the conference will be “Asthma: Pathogenesis, Phenotypes, Therapies and Gaps.”

Positioned at the critical interface between the environment and gas exchange units, the airway serves as a “first line” responder to inhaled particulates and pathogens. Accordingly, airway diseases such as asthma involve complex cellular cross-talk between different arms of the immune system, different specialized cell types of the airway epithelia (e.g. secretory cells, ciliated cells, ionocytes) and the underlying self-renewing and structural cells of the airway, including airway smooth muscle, which serve to direct airflow to specific regions of the lung for gas exchange.

With increasing asthma prevalence and burden, it is vital for the pulmonary community to understand how these complex systems interface to result in the development of asthma and the manifestation of distinct pathobiologic endotypes. Thus, the current focus of this Aspen Lung Conference on the interactions between genetics, exposures and the panopoly of airway cell types to improve our understanding of asthma biology and therapeutics is timely and of essential importance.

With an emphasis on the integration of basic, translational, and clinical approaches, the 65th Annual Aspen Lung Conference will focus on a central question: how can knowledge of the molecular, genetic, and environmental mechanisms that underlie the development and phenotypic diversity of asthma be translated into more effective therapies? To address this central question, thematic sessions will focus on:

  • The developmental origins of asthma,
  • The role of cell biology in defining asthma endotypes,
  • Microbiome and immune mechanisms underlying asthma pathogenesis,
  • Integrated cell and molecular mechanisms contributing to clinical complexity of asthma, and
  • The future of asthma therapeutics.

These diverse themes will be reconciled in a concluding Conference Summary presented by Sally Wenzel, M.D., Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

As with previous Aspen Lung Conferences, we will utilize the successful format of State of the Art presentations grouped with relevant, short presentations. Each presentation will have sufficient time for discussion to facilitate a lively exchange of new ideas and thoughts on environmental and global lung health.

We are particularly interested in attracting translational, basic or clinical research abstracts related to the broad topics above. Accordingly, we invite you and your colleagues to submit abstracts for consideration for a podium presentation and/or a poster at the conference (abstracts can be similar to those used for ATS).

We will offer three Fellow Travel Awards to fellows whose abstracts have been accepted for podium presentations.

On behalf of my Co-Chairs, Monica Kraft, M.D. and Sunita Sharma, M.D., we look forward to your participation in the Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference, 65th Annual Meeting and to a combination of outstanding science and great fun. We hope that you and your colleagues will be able to join us.

Anthony N. Gerber, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair, 65th Annual Meeting
Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference



To Submit Your Abstract:

  1. Adhere to the Abstract Guidelines
  2. Complete the Abstract Submission Form‚Äč

The deadline for abstract submission is February 14, 2023. All who submit abstracts are invited to attend the conference whether their abstract is accepted or not but must register if they plan to attend. Time limitations, however, do not allow all submitted abstracts to be presented. In the past, about one third of the submitted abstracts were accepted for podium presentations or poster sessions based on evaluation by a Selection Committee.

All investigators will be notified on or near March 31, 2023 about acceptance of their abstracts.



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