ATS 2018*: An Update on Scientific Advances and Clinical Strategies in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference was held in San Diego, California, May 18-23, 2018. The ATS International Conference is the longest-running, large-scale conference in the world offering groundbreaking research in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. In this activity, 2 experts summarize the key learnings from this year’s conference focusing on strategies in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

*This webcast is not endorsed by the conference organizer. Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education is an independent medical education company that provides clinical updates, analysis, and expert perspectives through conference coverage educational programs.


This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of health care professionals involved in the diagnosis, treatment, or management of patients with COPD.


Upon completion of this activity, participants will be better able to do the following:

  1. Identify recent advances in the understanding of COPD pathophysiology, genetics, disease progression, and comorbidities
  2. Discuss recent advances in COPD treatment


Fernando J. Martinez, MD, MS
Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Bruce Webster Professor of Medicine
Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
New York, New York

Byron M. Thomashow, MD
Professor of Medicine
Columbia University
Attending Physician
New York-Presbyterian Hospital
New York, New York
Chief Medical Officer
COPD Foundation
Washington, DC

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

It is the policy of the Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education that all faculty, instructors, and planners disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity. 

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

FacultyRelationship Identified With:
Fernando J. Martinez, MD, MS

Consultant/Advisor: AstraZeneca, Biogen, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, GlaxoSmithKline LLC, Nitto, Novartis AG, Patara Pharma, Veracyte, Inc, Zambon Company S.P.A.

DSMB (Data Safety Monitoring Board): Biogen, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, Genentech, Inc. Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline LLC

Grant/Research Grant: AstraZeneca, Bayer AG, Biogen, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, Gilead, GlaxoSmithKline LLC

Speaker’s Bureau: Eli Lilly and Company, MD Magazine, Prime Education, LLC, UpToDate, Inc., WebMD, LLC
Byron M. Thomashow, MDConsultant/Advisor: AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, GlaxoSmithKline LLC

Non-faculty: Lyerka Miller, PhD; Sandy Breslow; Alison Kemp; and Bernard M. Abrams, MD, hereby state that neither they nor their spouse/life partner have any financial relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.

Financial Support

This activity has been supported by an independent educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline LLC.

Provider Information

Jointly provided by the Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education and Miller Medical Communications, LLC.

CME Credit (Physicians)

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The Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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Disclaimer: Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

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  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
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  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Non-physician
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