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Sally Wenzel, M.D., to Receive American Thoracic Society 2010 Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishment

PITTSBURGH, May 14, 2010 – Sally Wenzel, M.D., professor of medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and director, University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, will receive the 2010 Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishments at the American Thoracic Society’s (ATS) International Conference in New Orleans, May 17. She also will give a presentation entitled “Asthma Phenotypes: A Prelude to Mechanistic Insights on Disease Pathogenesis.”

The award is given each year to ATS members who demonstrate outstanding scientific contributions in basic or clinical research that further the understanding, prevention and treatment of respiratory disease or critical illness.

Dr. Wenzel has a longstanding interest in severe asthma and is one of four National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-funded investigators in the NIH-sponsored Severe Asthma Research Program.

“I am extremely honored to be chosen for this award,” said Dr. Wenzel. “The legacy of names of previous awardees reads as a list of ‘Who’s Who’ in the ATS, and I am humbly delighted to be included among them.”

Dr. Wenzel has published widely on differing inflammatory profiles in asthma and their relation to clinical characteristics. She is actively involved in clinical trials in severe asthma, incorporating these inflammation variations in predicting response to therapy. Dr. Wenzel also is internationally recognized for her contribution to identifying vastly different personal approaches to the treatment of asthma and severe asthma in particular.

Dr. Wenzel served on the Pulmonary-Allergy Advisory Committee to the FDA, was assembly chair for the ATS section on Allergy, Immunology and Inflammation, and chaired the ATS International Conference Committee. She was Deputy Editor for the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine from 2005 to 2009.

About the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

As one of the nation’s leading academic centers for biomedical research, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine integrates advanced technology with basic science across a broad range of disciplines in a continuous quest to harness the power of new knowledge and improve the human condition. Driven mainly by the School of Medicine and its affiliates, Pitt has ranked among the top 10 recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health since 1997 and now ranks fifth in the nation, according to preliminary data for fiscal year 2008. Likewise, the School of Medicine is equally committed to advancing the quality and strength of its medical and graduate education programs, for which it is recognized as an innovative leader, and to training highly skilled, compassionate clinicians and creative scientists well-equipped to engage in world-class research. The School of Medicine is the academic partner of UPMC, which has collaborated with the University to raise the standard of medical excellence in Pittsburgh and to position health care as a driving force behind the region’s economy. For more information about the School of Medicine, see

About the ATS

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 has more than 15,000 members who prevent and fight respiratory disease around the globe, through research, education, patient care and advocacy.

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