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2014 Research Awardees

The ATS Foundation is pleased to announce the grant and award recipients for the 2014-2015 grant cycle. The support of our members, donors, and partners helps make these awards possible—thank you!

These grants and awards provide crucial support for talented investigators from around the world, launching careers dedicated to scientific discovery and better patient care.

The awardees explore such diverse topics as lung cancer, asthma, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, COPD, sleep apnea, and more.

Partner Grants

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

AAIM    ASP    Alpha1        CPF 

PFF    PHA    Scleroderma

Ankit Desai, MD   Monica goldklang, MD
Ankit Desai, MD
University of Arizona
2014 ATS Foundation/Pulmonary Hypertension Association Research Fellowship - $80,000
Enhanced Risk Profiles of Sickle Cell-related Pulmonary Hypertension-Integrating Genomics & Imaging
  Monica Goldklang, MD
Columbia University
2014 ATS Foundation/Alpha-1 Foundaton Research Grant - $80,000
The Role of MMP-13 in COPD Exacerbations and Implications on Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Activity
Alexander Misharin, MD, PhD   Fiona Murray, PhD
Alexander Misharin, MD, PhD
Northwestern University
2014 ATS Foundation/Scleroderma Foundation Research Grant - $80,000
Alternative Activation of Lung Macrophages and the Development of Scleroderma-related Lung Fibrosis
  Fiona Murray, PhD
University of Aberdeen, Scotland
2014 ATS Foundation/Pulmonary Hypertension Association Proof of Concept Research Grant – $40,000
A Novel G-Protein Coupled Receptor (GPCR) Target in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Harry Rossiter, PhD Nathan Sandbo, MD
Harry Rossiter, PhD
LA Biomed Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
2014 ATS Foundation/Breathe California of Los Angeles Research Grant - $80,000
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Responsiveness in an Underserved Population
 

Nathan Sandbo, MD
University of Wisconsin - Madison
2014 ATS Foundation/Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation/Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Grant - $100,000
Mechanisms Facilitating Enhanced Fibronectin Assembly by Myofibroblasts

Avelino Verceles, MD  
Avelino Verceles , MD
University of Maryland
The Multimodal Rehabilitation of Older Ventilated Survivors of Critical Illness
2014 ATS Foundation/AAIM-ASP Career Development Award in Geriatrics – $25,000
The Multimodal Rehabilitation of Older Ventilated Survivors of Critical Illness
   

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 consdier how their research will provide novel approaches to challenging lung diseases, foster health care equality, and improve patient outcomes.
 
Yael Aschner, MD Jessie Bakker, PhD

Yael Aschner, MD
University of Colorado Denver
2014 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Regulation of TGF-beta Responsiveness in the Pathogenesis of Pulmonary Fibrosis

 

Jessie Bakker, PhD
Brigham & Women’s Hospital; Harvard Medical School
2014 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Sleep
Group-based Peer-support to Maximize Adherence to CPAP

Xiaoyong Bao, PhD Merry-Lynn McDonald, PhD

Xiaoyong Bao, PhD
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
2014 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Respiratory Syncytial Virus Utilizes a tRNA 5’-end Fragment to Suppress the Host Antiviral Response

 

Merry-Lynn McDonald, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
2014 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Gene Expression and Metabolomics of Muscle Wasting in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder

Amy Pastva, PhD Angela Rogers, MD, MPH

Amy Pastva, PhD
Duke University
2014 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Critical Care
Early Rehabilitation in Critical Care: Supine Cycling and Functional Electrical Stimulation

 

Angela Rogers, MD, MPH
Stanford University
2014 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Critical Care
Metabolic Response to Acute Injury in Alveolar Epithelium and ARDS

Amy Pastva, PhD Amy Pastva, PhD
Ursula Smole, PhD
Bloomberg School of Public Health
2014 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
The Danger Receptor FPR2 Controls the Initiation of Allergic Immune Responses
Jennifer Wambach, MD, MS
Washington University School of Medicine
2014 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Mechanisms of Surfactant Dysfunction Among Infants with ABCA3 Mutations

ATS Foundation Recognition Awards for Outstanding Early Career Investigators - $40,000

ATS Foundation Recognition Awards for Outstanding Early Career Investigators provides critical funding for early-career investigators who submitted outstanding applications that were close to, but just missed, the NIH grant payline. The awards provide young investigators protected time to improve their NIH applications to successfully compete for a K or R award and to pursue other major grants.
 
Robert Guzy, MD, PhD Praveen Mannam, MD
Robert Guzy , MD, PhD
Washington University School of Medicine
2014 ATS Foundation Recognition Award for Outstanding Early Career Investigators - $40,000
Mechanism of Fibroblast Growth Factor 2-Mediated Alveolar Epithelial Repair
 

Praveen Mannam, MD
Yale University
2014 ATS Foundation Recognition Award for Outstanding Early Career Investigators - $40,000
Mitochondrial Quality Control as a Therapeutic Target in Sepsis

Nuala Meyer, MD Xavier Soler, MD, PhD
Nuala Meyer, MD
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
2014 ATS Foundation Recognition Award for Outstanding Early Career Investigators - $40,000
Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist in ARDS: from Gene to Function
Xavier Soler, MD, PhD
University of California, San Diego
2014 ATS Foundation Recognition Award for Outstanding Early Career Investigators - $40,000
Pathophysiology of Obstructive Sleep Apnea affecting COPD: the Overlap Syndrome
Neeta Thakur, MD Yong Zhou, PhD
Neeta Thakur, MD
University of California, San Francisco
2014 ATS Foundation Recognition Award for Outstanding Early Career Investigators - $40,000
Allostatic Load and Asthma: Chronic Stress and Asthma in Minority Children
Yong Zhou, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
2014 ATS Foundation Recognition Award for Outstanding Early Career Investigators - $40,000
The Role of Biomechanical Signaling in Lung Fibrosis

MECOR Research Awards - $5,000

ATS Foundation MECOR Research Awards provide funding for 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.

 
Michael Iroezindu, MD, MPH, FWACP, FMCP Amadohoué Godsent Isiguzo, MD
Michael Iroezindu, MD, MPH, FWACP, FMCP
College of Medicine, University of Nigeria
2014 ATS Foundation MECOR Award - $5,000
The Burden of Severe Sepsis in Nigeria: Incidence, Mortality, Prognostic Factors, and Cost of Care
 

Godsent Isiguzo, MD
Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki
2014 ATS Foundation MECOR Award - $5,000
Social Support and Tuberculosis Outcome

Herve Lawimn, MD Violet Ongaya, PhD
Herve Lawin, MD
University of Abomey Calavi
2014 ATS Foundation MECOR Award - $5,000
Biomass Fuel Use and Respiratory Health in Rural and Urban Homes in Seme Podji, Benin
  Violet Ongaya, PhD
Kenya Medical Research Institute
2014 ATS Foundation MECOR Award - $5,000
Effects of HIV infection on the Antibacterial Function of Memory cd8+t Cells Specific to m.Tb ag

Grants-for-Hire Program

ATS contracts with 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.
 
Frances de Man, PhD Marc de Perrot, MD
Frances de Man, PhD
VU University Medical Center Amsterdam
2014 PHA Proof of Concept Research Grant - $40,000
A New Tool to Obtain Novel Insights in PAH-Induced Right Heart Failure?
  Marc de Perrot, MD
University Healthy Network
2014 PHA Proof of Concept Research Grant - $40,000
Photodynamic Therapy for the Treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Daniel Fox, MD Rebecca Kameny, MD
Daniel Fox, MD
University of Colorado
2014 PHA Proof of Concept Research Grant - $40,000
SSc-PAH Risk Score:Early Identification of Scleroderma-associated PAH by RV Strain, GDF-15, & IL7r
  Rebecca Kameny, MD
University of California, San Francisco
The Robyn Barst, Pediatric PH Research and Mentoring Grant - $50,000
Right Ventricular Performance in Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension and Congenital Heart Disease