April - June 2008: 
Volume 21, Issue 2

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The new ATS/ERS/JRS IPF Guidelines
After the ATS/ERS 2000 joint statement (guidelines) for the idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a committee of international experts on IPF with professor Raghu Ganesh as chair and Jim Egan and Fernando Martinez as co-chairs, have been appointed by the American Thoracic Society (ATS), The European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the Japan Respiratory Society (JRS) to write evidence based guidelines for the management of IPF. Given the scope of the magnitude that the task has evolved, the committee has expanded to include members from most of the regions of the world actively involved in IPF studies. Therefore, 21 pneumonologists, 4 radiologists, and 4 pathologists are participating in this ongoing project (Table 1). The committee met in Dublin last year, this year in Toronto and last month in Modena (photo) to reach a final document.