Purpose of the Conference: 2015 Transatlantic Airway Conference The Transatlantic Conference (TAC) on lung diseases is held annually, and is now in its 30th year. The general purpose of the meeting is to review recent advances in lung biology. The specific objectives of the conference are, first, to summarize current knowledge and suggest new investigative approaches to enhance our understanding of fundamental mechanisms underlying a well-focused aspect of lung biology. Second, the conference aims to assemble a multidisciplinary group of scientists from within and outside the pulmonary research community in this area of lung research. Finally, a major aspect of the conference is to encourage exchange of ideas among investigators in different countries. The 30th conference on “Mechanisms of Exacerbation of Lung Disease” successfully addressed these

aims. Under the chairmanship of Laurent Nicod and Jay K. Kolls, a group of leading experts in the field discussed recent advances in the mechanisms underlying exacerbation of asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, with the potential to define common pathways that may represent targets for therapeutic intervention. This symposium report formed the basis of these productive discussions. We would like to thank the following participants: Sebastian Johnston, Ren´e Lutter, Benjamin Marsland, James Gern, John Fahy, Michael Holtzman, Yasmin Thanavala, Farrah Kheradmand, Richard Boucher, Homer A. Boushey, Wisia Wedzicha, Melanie K¨onigshoff, Ivana

Yang, Bethany Moore, Luca Richeldi, James Chmiel, Felix Ratjen, and Michael Surette. Scientific Committee: William MacNee University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom John Fahy University of California San Francisco, California Laurent Nicod University of Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland Jay Kolls University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Author disclosures are available with the text of this article at www.atsjournals.org.

Ann Am Thorac Soc Vol 12, Supplement 2, p S111, Nov 2015 Copyright © 2015 by the American Thoracic Society DOI: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201505-264AW Internet address: www.atsjournals.org

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