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2014 Research Awardees

Congratulations to the 2014 grant and award recipients! The support of our members and donors makes these awards possible—thank you.

These grants and awards support research encompassing pulmonary, sleep, and critical care illnesses. In addition, they provide crucial support of early stage investigators from around the world.

This year, the ATS Board of Directors recommended that funds be allocated for five unrestricted grants in addition to one unrestricted grant in each of the ATS’s three pillars—pulmonary, sleep, and critical care medicine. Six Recognition Awards for Outstanding Early Career Investigators were also presented to researchers whose National Institutes of Health (or international equivalent) applications came close to, but did not meet, the government payline.

The following investigators will receive grants and awards through the ATS Foundation Research Program:

Avelino Verceles, MD
Avelino Verceles, MD
University of Maryland
2014 ATS Foundation/AAIM-ASP Career Development Award in Geriatrics – $25,000
The Multimodal Rehabilitation of Older Ventilated Survivors of Critical Illness
Monica Goldklang, MD
Monica Goldklang, MD
Columbia University
2014 ATS Foundation/Alpha-1 Foundation Research Grant – $80,000
The Role of MMP-13 in COPD Exacerbations and Implications on Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Activity

Harry Rossiter, PhD
Harry Rossiter, PhD
Los Angeles Biomedical 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
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

Ankit Desai, 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

Fiona Murray, PhD
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

Alexander Misharin, MD, 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
Robert Guzy, MD, PhD
Robert Guzy, MD, PhD
Washington University School of Medicine
2014 ATS Foundation Recognition Awards for Outstanding Early Career Investigators – $40,000
Mechanism of Fibroblast Growth Factor 2-Mediated Alveolar Epithelial Repair

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

Nuala Meyer, MD
Nuala Meyer, MD
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
2014 ATS Foundation Recognition Awards for Outstanding Early Career Investigators – $40,000
Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist in ARDS: from Gene to Function

Xavier Soler, MD, PhD
Xavier Soler, MD, PhD
University of California, San Diego
2014 ATS Foundation Recognition Awards for Outstanding Early Career Investigators – $40,000
Pathophysiology of Obstructive Sleep Apnea affecting COPD; the Overlap Syndrome

Neeta Thakur, MD
Neeta Thakur, MD
University of California, San Francisco
2014 ATS Foundation Recognition Awards for Outstanding Early Career Investigators – $40,000
Allostatic Load and Asthma: Chronic Stress and Asthma in Minority Children

Yong Zhou, PhD
Yong Zhou, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
2014 ATS Foundation Recognition Awards for Outstanding Early Career Investigators – $40,000
The Role of Biomechanical Signaling in Lung Fibrosis

Amy Pastva, PhD
Amy Pastva, PhD
Duke University
2014 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Research Grants (Critical Care) – $40,000
Early Rehabilitation in Critical Care: Supine Cycling and Functional Electrical Stimulation

Ursula Smole, PhD
Ursula Smole, PhD
Bloomberg School of Public Health
2014 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Research Grants (Pulmonary) – $40,000
The Danger Receptor FPR2 Controls the Initiation of Allergic Immune Responses

Jessie Bakker, PhD
Jessie Bakker, PhD
Brigham & Women’s Hospital; Harvard Medical School
2014 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Research Grants (Sleep) – $40,000
Group-based Peer-support to Maximize Adherence to CPAP

Yael Aschner, MD
Yael Aschner, MD
University of Colorado Denver
2014 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Research Grants – $40,000
Regulation of TGF-beta Responsiveness in the Pathogenesis of Pulmonary Fibrosis

Xiaoyong Bao, PhD
Xiaoyong Bao, PhD
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
2014 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Research Grants – $40,000
Respiratory Syncytial Virus Utilizes a tRNA 5’-end Fragment to Suppress the Host Antiviral Response

Merry-Lynn McDonald, PhD
Merry-Lynn McDonald, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
2014 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Research Grants – $40,000
Gene Expression and Metabolomics of Muscle Wasting in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder

Angela Rogers, MD, MPH
Angela Rogers, MD, MPH
Stanford University
2014 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Research Grants – $40,000
Metabolic Response to Acute Injury in Alveolar Epithelium and ARDS

Jennifer Wambach, MD, MS
Jennifer Wambach, MD, MS
Washington University School of Medicine
2014 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Research Grants – $40,000
Mechanisms of Surfactant Dysfunction Among Infants with ABCA3 Mutations

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

Godsent Isiguzo, MD
Godsent Isiguzo, MD
Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki
2014 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grants – $5,000
Docial Support and Tuberculosis Outcome

Herve Lawin, MD
Herve Lawin, MD
University of Abomey Calavi
2014 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grants – $5,000
Biomass Fuel Use and Respiratory Health in Rural and Urban Homes in Seme Podji, Benin

Violet Ongaya, PhD
Violet Ongaya, PhD
Kenya Medical Research Institute
2014 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grants – $5,000
Effects of HIV infection on the Antibacterial Function of Memory cd8+t Cells Specific to m.Tb ag

Rebecca Kameny
Rebecca Kameny, MD
University of California, San Francisco
Grants-for-Hire Program for Pulmonary Hypertension Association (Robyn J. Barst, MD, Pediatric
Research and Mentoring Fund)

Right Ventricular Performance in Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension and Congenital Heart Disease

Frances de Man
Frances de Man, PhD
VU University Medical Center Amsterdam
Grants-for-Hire Program for Pulmonary Hypertension Association
A New Tool to Obtain Novel Insights in PAH-Induced Right Heart Failure?

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Marc de Perrot, MD
University Health Network
Grants-for-Hire Program for Pulmonary Hypertension Association
Photodynamic Therapy for the Treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Daniel Fox
Daniel Fox, MD
University of Colorado
Grants-for-Hire Program for Pulmonary Hypertension Association
SSc-PAH Risk Score:Early Identification of Scleroderma-associated PAH by RV Strain, GDF-15, & IL7r

 

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