Welcome to the official web site of the American Laryngological Association (ALA). This web site was established by the ALA to provide information about about the Association for members and the general public. Information reagarding the upcoming annual meeting of the ALA can be found as well as an electronic form for the submission of abstracts to be considered for presentation. The site also holds programs from prior meetings, electronic versions of the transactions from these meetings, historical documents related to ALA functions, the official bylaws governing the actions of the ALA, a list of current ALA officers, membership requirements, links to websites for related organizations and an interactive directory of fellows. ALA members are encouraged to update their personal information on this site on a regular basis.
Founded in 1878, the ALA is a scholarly organization of physicians and scientists who have made significant contributions to the care of patients with disorders of the larynx and upper aerodigestive tract. The ALA recognizes the accomplishments of these individuals through membership, seeks to encourage research in laryngology and elevate the standards of the fundamental teaching of laryngology in medical schools and postgraduate medical education.
The ALA seeks to advance research and teaching in laryngology by sponsoring an annual meeting, publishing manuscripts from this meeting in its transactions and peer-reviewed journal, providing grants for research, awarding outstanding research among residents and fellows in training and recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions in laryngology throughout their careers by confimring endowed awards.
The annual meeting of the ALA convenes during the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM). The purpose of the meeting is to present advances in the field of laryngology by means of an annual scientific program for presentation of new research/information, panel discussions, and scholarly lectures. Members and non-members, especially residents in training, are invited to submit abstracts in consideration for presentation. Annually the Casselberry Award and the Seymour R. Cohen Award are provided for the manuscripts judged by the program committee to represent significant contributions to laryngology. A speacial award is given to the resident or fellow whose research is judged as exemplary by the program committee. The proceedings of each meeting are published annually in the Transactions and manuscripts from presentations at the meeting are peer reviewed by the editorial board of the official journal of the ALA, The Laryngoscope.
The ALA sponsors research activity through the American Laryngological Research & Education Foundation (ALVRE) as well as through participation in the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery CORE grant program
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