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Elevating Pediatric Pulmonary Care: The 34th Annual Cotton Conference



Ski slopes of Keystone and Breckenridge in the Colorado Rocky Mountains in winter where the Cotton Conference takes place.

A legacy of excellence in pediatric pulmonology

We are excited to announce the upcoming 34th Pediatric Pulmonary Cotton Conference, hosted by Children's Hospital Colorado. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Keystone, CO, from March 7 to 9, 2024, this international conference is a cornerstone event for professionals in pediatric pulmonary and sleep medicine. Named after the founder of our fellowship program, Ernie Cotton, a pioneer in pediatric pulmonary medicine, the Cotton Conference has grown into one of the oldest and most respected gatherings in the United States. For over three decades, this event has been a hub for advancing the field, showcasing cutting-edge research and fostering the next generation of pediatric pulmonologists.

Building on a rich history in pediatric pulmonology

The Section of Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Colorado is renowned for its comprehensive training program. With over 75 pediatric pulmonologists trained, our alumni have become leaders in the field, including cystic fibrosis center directors, academic program directors and even deans. The annual Cotton Conference is a testament to our commitment to excellence, providing a platform for fellows, faculty and distinguished guests to share insights, research and advancements in pediatric pulmonology.

A gathering of previous attendees of the Cotton Conference in Keystone, CO.

This year's Cotton Conference focus

Led by event chair Stacey Martiniano, MD, the Cotton Conference aims to address the evolving challenges in pediatric pulmonary medicine by spotlighting advances in the diagnosis, monitoring and medical management of bronchopulmonary dysplasia, pulmonary hypertension, cystic fibrosis, asthma and sleep disorders, as well as advances in basic and translational science, education and health equity. Over three days, attendees will engage in didactic lectures, case-based discussions and networking opportunities — all designed to enhance clinical performance and advocate for patient care.

“Perhaps the most impactful lectures were the ones about diversity and inclusion and the history of disparities in medicine. These lectures provided insight into how disparities influence our current care and how management may be different for various people.”

A 2022 Cotton Conference attendee

Why you should attend the Cotton Conference

  • Keynote speakers and expert panels: Hear from our keynote speaker, Paul Moore, MD, and other visionaries in the field. 
  • Innovative research and clinical advances: Stay at the forefront of pediatric pulmonary and sleep medicine with the latest findings and treatment strategies. 
  • Networking opportunities: Connect with fellow healthcare professionals, researchers, and industry leaders. 
  • Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities: Showcase your healthcare and educational resources to a targeted audience of professionals. 

Join us in Keystone, CO

Set in the serene environment of Keystone, CO, the conference offers a unique opportunity for attendees to combine professional development with the beauty of Colorado's landscape. With three days of sessions, participants will have ample time to explore exhibits, join meals and engage in meaningful discussions with peers and experts alike.

Support levels and registration

We invite you to support the Cotton Conference through various sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, ranging from Bronze to Gold levels, each offering unique benefits and exposure. Registration for in-person attendance, trainees, students, and virtual community providers is now open, with special rates available for early birds.

A pulmonary medicine conference with impact

The Cotton Conference not only celebrates the achievements and contributions of our fellows and alumni, but also drives the pediatric pulmonary and sleep medicine field forward. As we gather for the 34th time, we look forward to another year of inspiring presentations, groundbreaking research and the continued growth of our vibrant community.

Join us at the 34th Pediatric Pulmonary Cotton Conference to be part of shaping the future of pediatric pulmonary and sleep medicine. For more information, registration and hotel bookings, please visit our conference website. Together, let's build a vision for the future of pediatric pulmonary care.

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