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2016 Research Awardees

The ATS Foundation is pleased to announce the grant and award recipients for the 2016-2017 grant cycle. The support of our members, donors, and partners 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 we can support. The ATS reviews all grants and assumes all costs associated with administrating the grants.
 

                 
     
Megan N. Ballinger, PhD   Olivier Boucherat, PhD
Megan N. Ballinger, PhD
The Ohio State University
2016 ATS Foundation/Genentech Research Grant in IPF - $100,000
The Role of SOCS1 in Regulating Macrophage Activation During Pulmonary Fibrosis
*Fully funded by Genentech
  Olivier Boucherat, PhD
Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec
The Aldrighetti Research Award for Young Investigators - $80,000
Forkhead-Box (FOX) Transcription Factors in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertention
*Sponsorship for this award is provided by Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc. through a partnership with the Pulmonary Hypertension Association
 
Martina Brueckner, MD   Emily Henkle, PhD, MPH
Martina Brueckner, MD
Yale University
2016 ATS Foundation/Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) Foundation/Sabre Family Research Grant - $80,000
Novel PCD Genes in Congenital Heart Disease
  Emily Henkle, PhD, MPH
Oregon Health & Science University
2016 ATS Foundation/American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific Research Grant - $100,000
Health-related Quality of Life as a Clinical Trial Endpoint for Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria Disease
 
Amjad Horani, MD   Jinghong Li, MD, PhD
Amjad Horani, MD
Washington University in St. Louis
2016 ATS Foundation/Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) Foundation/Kovler Family Foundation Research Grant - $80,000
Characterization of Motile Cilia Preassembly Proteins Identified in Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia
*
Fully Funded by the Kovler Family Foundation
  Jinghong Li, MD, PhD
University of California, San Diego
2016 ATS Foundation/Breathe California of Los Angeles Research Grant - $80,000
Targeting CTLA4 and PD-1/PD-L1 for Treatment of Allergic Asthma
 
Lawrence Ostrowski, PhD Farbod N. Rahaghi, MD, PhD
Lawrence Ostrowski, PhD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2016 ATS Foundation/Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) Foundation Research Grant - $80,000
Investigation of Read-through of Nonsense Mutations as a Treatment for Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia
  Farbod N. Rahaghi, MD, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical
2016 ATS Foundation/Pulmonary Hypertension Association Research Fellowship - $80,000
CT Imaging Markers of Pulmonary Arterial and Venous Remodeling in Pulmonary Hypertension

ATS Foundation Recognition Awards for Outstanding Established Investigators - $80,000

The ATS Foundation introduced the Recognition Awards for Outstanding Established Investigators in 2016 to meet a growing need. The goal of these “R to R awards” is to enable established investigators to continue their research during vulnerable periods where they are between funded R-level grants. The awards will help position these researchers for successful resumption of their funding.
 
Ian C. Davis, DVM, PhD Seyedtaghi Takyar, MD, PhD
Ian C. Davis, DVM, PhD
The Ohio State University
2016 ATS Foundation Recognition Award for Outstanding Established Investigators - $80,000
Role of Alveolar Type II Cell MicroRNA-155 in the Pathogenesis of Influenza-Induced ARDS
  Seyedtaghi Takyar, MD, PhD
Yale University
2016 ATS Foundation Recognition Award for Outstanding Established Investigators - $80,000
A Cell-specific Endothelial MicroRNA Adenylation Pathway Regulates Th2 Inflammation in Asthma

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.
 
Jeremy R. Beitler, MD, MPH Clemente Britto, MD
Jeremy R. Beitler, MD, MPH
University of California, San Diego
2016 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Critical Care - $40,000
Sizing the “Baby Lung” for Lung Injury Risk in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  Clemente J. Britto, MD
Yale University
2016 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary - $40,000
SPLUNC1: A Sputum Biomarker of Future Exacerbations in Cystic Fibrosis
 
Brian Cade, PhD Robert P. Dickson, MD
Brian E. Cade, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
2016 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Sleep - $40,000
Resolving Clinical Heterogeneity and Informative Traits of Sleep Apnea in Humans
  Robert P. Dickson MD
University of Michigan
2016 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Critical Care - $40,000
Bacterial Translocation in Sepsis: A Multifaceted Molecular Approach
 
Jennifer R. Honda, PhD Jonathan C. Jun, MD
Jennifer R. Honda, PhD
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
2016 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary - $40,000
Using Clinical Isolates From Hawaii to Understand Mycobacterium Avium Complex Species Virulence
  Jonathan C. Jun, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
2016 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Sleep - $40,000
Beta Blockade for Nocturnal Metabolic Dysfunction in Obstructive Sleep Apnea
 
Lioudmila Karnatovskaia, MD Andrew W. Varga, MD, PhD
Lioudmila Karnatovskaia, MD
Mayo Clinic
2016 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Critical Care - $40,000
Early Psychological Support for the Critically Ill
  Andrew W. Varga, MD, PhD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
2016 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Sleep - $40,000
Differentiating Intermittent Hypoxia and Sleep Fragmentation Effects of OSA on Memory Formation
 
Darcy E. Wagner, PhD  
Darcy E. Wagner, PhD
Comprehensive Pneumology Center, Germany
2016 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary - $40,000
Impaired Hippo Signaling in Fibrosis Activates YAP/TAZ in the Distal Lung Epithelium
   

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

ATS Foundation Recognition Awards for Outstanding Early Career Investigators provide 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.
 
Laura E. Crotty Alexander, MD Kenneth E. Remy, MD, MHSc
Laura E. Crotty Alexander, MD
University of California, San Diego
2016 ATS Foundation Recognition Award for Outstanding Early Career Investigators - $40,000
E-Cigarette Vapor Decreases Host Defenses and Promotes Inflammatory Pathways
  Kenneth E. Remy, MD, MHSc
Washington University in St. Louis
2016 ATS Foundation Recognition Award for Outstanding Early Career Investigators - $40,000
Impact of Red Blood Cell (RBC) Derived DAMPS Upon Innate Immunity in Sepsis (RBC-DAMPS)

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.
 
Juliana C. Ferreira, MD, PhD Chimusa Patrick de Marie Katoto, MBBS
Juliana C. Ferreira, MD, PhD
University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
2016 ATS Foundation MECOR Award - $5,000
Reporting Quality of Abstracts Submitted by MECOR Graduates to ATS International Conference
 

Chimusa Patrick de Marie Katoto, MBBS
Universite Catholique de Bukavu Teaching Hospital, DR Congo
2016 ATS Foundation MECOR Award - $5,000
Household Air Pollution and Risk of Tuberculosis in HIV Infected Patients in the DR Congo

 
Phuong Thi Mai Nguyen, MD, MSc, DDS Ogonna Nwankwo, MBBS
Phuong Thi Mai Nguyen, MD, MSc, DDS
Vietnam National Lung Hospital
2016 ATS Foundation MECOR Award - $5,000
Relation Between Bedaquiline Pharmacokinetic/ Pharmacodynamic Parameters and DR-TB Treatment Outcome
  Ogonna Nwota Odi Nwankwo, MBBS
University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Nigeria
2016 ATS Foundation MECOR Award - $5,000
Evaluation of an Innovative Research Capacity Building Program in Africa: The PATS-MECOR Program

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.
 
Meghan Bernier, MD Rachel Hopper, MD
Meghan Bernier, MD
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
The Christen White Cranford Pediatric PH Research and Mentoring Grant - $50,000
LOX-1: A Therapeutic Target for Pulmonary Hypertension in Lung Endotheliume
 

Rachel Hopper, MD
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
The Robyn Barst Pediatric PH Research and Mentoring Grant - $50,000
Comprehensive Analysis of Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

 
Sheila Krishnan, DO Kazuyo Kegan, PhD
Sheila Krishnan, DO
Indiana University
Cordelia’s Pediatric PH Research and Mentoring Grant - $50,000
Hypoxia-dependent Epigenetic Modifications in the Pulmonary Vasculature
  Kazuyo Kegan, PhD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
PHA Proof of Concept Research Grant - $40,000
Illuminating AMPK Function in Crosstalk Between Insulin Resistance and Pulmonary Hypertension

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