American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Foundation Inc. (AAAAI Foundation) Formerly the ARTrustTM

 
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The ARTrust has changed its name to more closely align with the AAAAI, becoming the AAAAI Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is refreshed to read:

“Funding research that leads to the prevention and cure of asthma and allergic and immunologic disease.”

The AAAAI Foundation is our valuable link to investing in the future of our specialty and providing for the development of the next generation of investigators who, through their discoveries, will advance the understanding and care of our patients.
 

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Foundation, Inc. is a supporting organization to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, Inc.

 

New Name and Refocused Mission: ARTrust Becomes AAAAI Foundation

The AAAAI is pleased to announce the name change of the Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Education and Research Organization, Inc. (ARTrust™) to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Foundation Inc. (AAAAI Foundation). The name change became official on September 1, 2015, and more closely links the AAAAI with its philanthropic arm, resulting in a stronger identity.

During the presidency of James T. Li, MD, FAAAAI, he organized a task force led by William W. Busse, MD, FAAAAI, A. Wesley Burks, MD, FAAAAI, and Thomas A. Fleisher, MD, FAAAAI. This task force was asked to make recommendations that would build on the past strengths of the ARTrust. The resulting recommendations helped to shape the overarching goals for an ARTrust Summit, which was held this past June.

The 13 Summit participants represented researchers, clinicians, AAAAI leadership, and ARTrust award winners. The diversity of the Summit attendees allowed for thoughtful conversation and recommendations for the organization’s future.

The following recommendations came from the ARTrust Summit and were approved by the AAAAI Board of Directors:

  • A revised mission statement
  • The Steering Committee becomes the Council with a revised membership structure
  • The Council reports directly to the AAAAI Board of Directors
  • A primary research support focus centering on two Faculty Development Awards, which will be given each year beginning in 2016
  • The development of a capital campaign over the next three to five years
  • Increased involvement and communication with the Board of Directors and membership
  • Name change from the ARTrust to the AAAAI Foundation

The refreshed mission of the AAAAI Foundation reads:
“Funding research that leads to the prevention and cure of asthma and allergic and immunologic disease.”

Current Chair of the AAAAI Foundation Council, Busse, said, “I am very grateful for our members’ past involvement and support of the AAAAI Foundation, formerly known as the ARTrust. I also hope that we can count on your continued support, and that you will embrace our proposed changes which we feel will help move our specialty forward.”

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