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Congratulations to the 2018-2019 ATS Foundation Research Program Awardees!

The ATS Foundation is pleased to announce the grant and award recipients for the 2018 grant cycle. The support of our members, donors, and partners make these awards possible—thank you!


Partner Grants - 

The ATS Foundation partners with other nonprofit organizations and pharmaceutical companies to maximize the number of grants we can support. The ATS reviews all grants and assumes all costs associated with administrating the grants.

David Geoffrey Chapman, BSc, PhD

David Geoffrey Chapman, BSc, PhD
University of Technology Sydney
ATS Foundation/ResMed Research Fellowship in Sleep Disordered Breathing and PAP Therapy - $100,000
Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure To Improve Sleep Quality in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Zhiyu Dai, PhD

Zhiyu Dai, PhD
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
The Aldrighetti Research Award for Young Investigators - $80,000
Role of Endothelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition on Vascular Fibrosis in PAH

Shashi Kant, PhD

Shashi Kant, PhD
Baylor Research Institute
ATS Foundation/Insmed Research Award in Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) Lung Disease - $50,000
Novel short Course Chemotherapy for Treatment of M. kansasii

Landon W. Locke, PhD

Landon W. Locke, PhD
The Ohio State University
ATS Foundation/Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Inc. Research Fellowship in Sarcoidosis - $80,000
Abnormally Sustained M2-like Macrophage Polarization Drives Sarcoidosis Granulomas

Brenda Marsh, MD, PhD

Brenda Marsh, MD, PhD
Oregon Health and Science University
ATS Foundation/American Lung Association in Oregon - $100,000
Neuroinflammatory Causes of Heritable Allergic Asthma: Examining the Role of TRPA1

Michael Podolsky, MD

Michael Podolsky, MD
University of California, San Francisco
ATS Foundation/American Lung Association Research Grant - $100,000
Collagen Turnover in Aging and Fibrosis 

Paul Andrew Reyfman, MD

Paul Andrew Reyfman, MD, MS
Northwestern University
ATS Foundation/Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Research Fellowship in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis - $100,000
Single Cell Transcriptomic Analysis of Pulmonary Fibrosis

Xin Sun, PhD

Xin Sun, PhD
University of California, San Diego
ATS Foundation/Children's Interstitial Lung Disease Foundation Research Grant - $50,000
Deciphering the Mechanisms Underlying Neuroendocrine Cell Hyperplasia of Infancy

Soban Umar, MD, PhD

Soban Umar, MD, PhD
University of California, Los Angeles
ATS Foundation/Pulmonary Hypertension Association Research Fellowship - $80,000
miR-125b as a Novel Therapeutic Target in Pulmonary Hypertension Associated with Pulmonary Fibrosis

Nicole White, PhD

Nicole White, PhD
Washington University in St. Louis
ATS Foundation/American Lung Association Research Grant - $100,000
Insight into How Lung Tumors Grow

ATS Foundation Nursing Research Award - $10,000

The ATS Foundation Nursing Award is the first research award specifically for nurses. It provides support for licensed, register nurses who have completed a PhD and have research interests in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. This award was made possible through a generous donation from Leslie A. Hoffman, PhD.

Zhan Liang, PhD, RN

Zhan Liang, PhD, RN
2018 ATS Foundation Nursing Research Award
University of Miami
Music-Enhanced Physical Exercise for ICU Survivors

ATS Foundation Unrestricted Research Grants - $40,000

The ATS Foundation funds unrestricted research grants representing the three pillars of the American Thoracic Society: pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. Awards span basic, clinical, and translational research in adult and pediatric medicine. Applicants consider how their research will provide novel approaches to challenging lung diseases, foster health care equality, and improve patient outcomes.

Alessandra Adami, PhD

Alessandra Adami, PhD
University of Rhode Island
2018 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Determinants of 5-year Progression of Muscle Dysfunction and Inactivity in COPD Patients

Thomaz A. Fleury Curado, MD

Thomaz A. Fleury Curado, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
2018 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Sleep
Chemogenetic Approach to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Laurie Christine Eldredge, MD, PhD

Laurie Christine Eldredge, MD, PhD
Seattle Children's Hospital and University of Washington
2018 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Monocytes/Macrophages and the Role of IL-33 in Neonatal Lung Injury

Jegen Kandasamy, MBBS, MD

Jegen Kandasamy, MBBS, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
2018 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Role of Mitochondrial DNA in Neonatal Lung Injury

Luu Van Pham, MD

Luu Van Pham, MD
Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
2018 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Sleep
Acute Metabolic Effects of Oxygen in Hypoxemic Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients

Cynthia Portal Celhay, MD, PhD

Cynthia Portal Celhay, MD, PhD
New York University, School of Medicine
2018 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Defining Bactericidal Responses to Mycobacterium Tuberculosis

Seppo Rinne, MD, PhD

Seppo Rinne, MD, PhD
Boston University
2018 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Critical Care

The Impact of Professional Relationships on ICU Burnout

Lokesh Kumar Sharma, PhD

Lokesh Kumar Sharma, PhD
Yale University
2018 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Critical Care
Mechanisms of Bacterial Dissemination in Lung Infection with Klebsiella pneumoniae

Ciara M. Shaver, MD, PhD

Ciara M. Shaver, MD, PhD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
2018 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Consequences of Lung Epithelial Injury During Lung Transplantation

Benjamin Singer, MD, PhD

Benjamin Singer, MD, PhD
University of Michigan Medical School
2018 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Critical Care
Astrocyte Reprogramming and Blood-Brain Barrier Dysfunction in Sepsis

Huanxing Sun, PhD

Huanxing Sun, PhD
Yale University
2018 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Mitochondrial DNA and Fibroblasts in SSc-ILD

Matthew Triplette, MD, MPH

Matthew Triplette, MD, MPH
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington
2018 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Examining Patient Adherence to Improve Lung Cancer Screening Implementation

Annelies Van Eyck, PhD

Annelies Van Eyck, PhD
University of Antwerp
2018 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Sleep
Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Intermittent Hypoxia: Does it Contribute to Adipose Tissue Dysfunction?

Eszter Katalin Vladar, PhD

Eszter Katalin Vladar, PhD
University of Colorado School of Medicine
2018 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Canonical to Noncanonical Wnt Signaling Switch in the Airway Epithelium

Xiaoyi Yuan, PhD

Xiaoyi Yuan, PhD
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
2018 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
The Role of miR-147 in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

MECOR Research Awards - $5,000

ATS Foundation MECOR Research Awards provide funding for outstanding graduates of the ATS Methods in Epidemiological, Clinical, and Operational Research (MECOR) Program to allow them to transition from trainees to investigators. MECOR graduates hail from developing countries around the globe, including Africa, Latin America, China, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and Vietnam. Learn more about MECOR.

Yahong Chen, MD, PhD

Yahong Chen, MD, PhD
Peking University Third Hospital, China
2018 ATS Foundation MECOR Award - $5,000
Particulate Matter Contribute to Chronic Airway Inflammation in Patients with Uncontrolled Asthma

Nazan Cobanoglu, MD

Nazan Cobanoglu, MD
Ankara University, Turkey
2018 ATS Foundation MECOR Award - $5,000
The Association Between Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure and Sleep Disturbances in Children

Feng Sun, PhD

Feng Sun, PhD
Peking University, China
2018 ATS Foundation MECOR Award - $5,000
Impact of Cigarette Smoking on Lung Function Among 559,828 Chinese People: A Time Series Analysis

Grants-for-Hire Program

ATS contracts with several organizations to provide grant services, providing administrative support and performing a rigorous scientific review for the organization’s research program. In return for these services, the ATS Foundation receives a fee that is funneled back into research grants, maximizing the number of research grants that can be awarded each year.

Michael Liam O'Byrne, MD, MSCE

Michael Liam O'Byrne, MD, MSCE
University of Pennsylvania
Robyn J. Barst, MD Pediatric PH Research & Mentoring Grant in Memory of London A. Lotarski - $50,000
Multidimensional Evaluation of Health-related Quality of Life in Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension


Learn about past Research Awardees:
2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

The 2019 ATS Foundation Research Program grant cycle opens in April.
You can learn more about applying to the program here.

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