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Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis Announces Awards and Activities at ATS International Conference
Date:5/18/2009

CPF Recognized for Advancing Research and Patient Advocacy Efforts

SAN DIEGO, May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) today announced awards received at the American Thoracic Society's (ATS) International conference in San Diego, Calif. being held this week. The ATS meeting brings together the world's leading pulmonary, critical care and sleep physicians. The CPF received an award for a partner grant program with ATS that, to date, has funded $400,000 in new pulmonary fibrosis research funding. The organization also received a first-time award for its participation in the ATS Public Advisory Roundtable (PAR). The CPF is exhibiting in booth #2921 on "PAR Row" at the International meeting.

The CPF has partnered with the ATS since 2006 to provide peer-reviewed grants for innovative research in PF. To date, the CPF/ATS partner grant program has awarded grants to PF researchers at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, Mass.), Ohio State University Medical Center (Columbus, Ohio) and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tenn.).

"We are pleased to receive some very prestigious awards from ATS, and we're proud to continue this exciting partnership with ATS," said Mishka Michon, CEO of the CPF.

The CPF received the ATS Foundation's inaugural "Breathing for Life Award" for its participation in the ATS PAR, the patient voice of the ATS. The ATS PAR has created unparalleled synergy with ATS members by involving patients in providing support, shaping public policy and stimulating new research.

Due to the CPF's involvement with ATS and combined efforts to further educate doctors and researchers on PF, the disease is gaining more attention and PF is the subject of an increasing number of high profile sessions at the international conference. Sessions on PF
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