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ATS Foundation Research Program Grants & Awards

The ATS Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Thoracic Society, and the Research Program is one of our core programs.

ATS Foundation Research Program grants support research encompassing pulmonary, critical care, and sleep illnesses. Our awardees topics of scientic exploration are diverse, and include lung cancer, asthma, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), pulmonary fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sleep apnea, and more.

Select nonprofit organizations and pharmaceutical companies partner with the ATS Foundation to fund research grants. The ATS Scientific Advisory Committee reviews all grants and assumes all costs associated with administrating the grants.

ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grants joined the awards portfolio in 2011. These grants provide seed funding for graduates of the ATS Methods in Epidemiological, Clinical, and Operational Research (MECOR) program, which offers research methods training for investigators in developing countries around the world, including Africa, Latin America, China, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and Vietnam.

To learn more about applying for a grant, click here.

Past awardees include:

  • Bamidele Adeniyi, Federal Medical Center, 2011 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Adebolajo Adeyemo, University of Ibadan, 2011 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Adesuwa Aigbokhaode, Federal Medical Center, 2015 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Maxwell Akanbi, University Teaching Hospital, 2012 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • John Alcorn, University of Pittsburgh, 2009 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Jennifer Alexander-Brett, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Namasivayam Ambalavanan, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2007 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Vikas Anathy, University of Vermont, 2012 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Yael Aschner, University of Colorado Denver, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Kewal Asosingh, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2008 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Eric Austin, Vanderbilt University, 2012 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Olayemi Awopeju, Obafemi Awolowo University, 2012 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Adaeze Ayuk, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, 2011 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Carolyn Baglole, University of Rochester, 2009 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Ednan Bajwa, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2013 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Jessie Bakker, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Vivek Balasubramaniam, University of Colorado Denver, 2007 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Megan Ballinger, The Ohio State University, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Xiaoyong Bao, University of Texas Medical Branch, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Jeremy Beitler, University of California, San Diego, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Vineet Bhandari, Yale University, 2008 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Arlin Blood, Loma Linda University, 2007 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Anna Blumental-Perry, Tufts Medical Center, 2009 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Olivier Boucherat, Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Clemente Britto, Yale University, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Martina Brueckner, Yale University, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Andrew Bryant, Vanderbilt University, 2012 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Todd Bull, University of Colorado Denver, 2006 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Derek Byers, Washington University in St. Louis, 2010 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Brian Cade, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Blanca Camoretti-Mercado, University of Chicago, 2004 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Tomas Carroll, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 2011 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Chishala Chabala, University Teaching Hospital, 2012 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Edward Chan, National Jewish Health, 2013 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Edward Chen, Johns Hopkins University, 2008 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Dorothy Cheung, Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc, 2011 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Won-Kyung Cho, Yale University, 2011 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Shweta Choudhry, University of California, San Francisco, 2006 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Matthew Churpek, University of Chicago, 2015 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Resat Cinar, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2015 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Bria Coates, Northwestern University, 2015 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Harvey Coxson, University of British Columbia, 2006 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Laura Crotty Alexander, University of California, San Diego, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Elliott Crouser, Ohio State University Research Foundation, 2008 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Daniel Culver, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2005 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Sonye Danoff, Johns Hopkins University, 2007 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Ian Davis, The Ohio State University, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Loren Denlinger, University of Wisconsin, 2007 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Ankit Desai, University of Arizona, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Robin Deterding, University of Colorado Denver, 2012 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Robert Dickson, University of Michigan, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Jessica Donington, New York University, 2009 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • M. Bradley Drummond, Johns Hopkins University, 2010 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Patricia Dubin, Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, 2006 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Bradley Edwards, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2013 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Stacey Edwards, Oregon State University, 2012 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Souheil El-Chemaly, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2013 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Michael Falta, University of Colorado Denver, 2007 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Lauren Ferrante, Yale University, 2015 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Juliana Ferreira, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2016 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • D. Clark Files, Wake Health Baptist Medical Center, 2013 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Laura Fredenburgh, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2010 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Stavros Garantziotis, Duke University, 2006 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Monica Goldklang, Columbia University, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Brigitte Gomperts, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Elena Goncharova, University of Pennsylvania, 2008 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Brian Graham, University of Colorado Denver, 2013 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Stefano Guerra, University of Arizona, 2004 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Maria Antonieta Guerrero-Plata, University of Texas Medical Branch, 2008 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Jia Guo, University of Rochester, 2011 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Robert Guzy, Washington University in St. Louis, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Scott Halpern, University of Pennsylvania, 2010 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Nabeel Hamzeh, National Jewish Health, 2011 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • ShouWei Han, Emory University, 2007 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Charles Hardin, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2015 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Jeffrey Haspel, Washington University in St. Louis, 2015 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Ihab Hassan, University of Iowa, 2012 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Caroline Heckman, University of Helsinki, 2009 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Emily Henkle, Oregon Health & Science University, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Erica Herzog, Yale University, 2010 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Lucas Hoffman, University of Washington, 2008 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Anne Holland, La Trobe University, 2011 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Jennifer Honda, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Amjad Horani, Washington University in St. Louis, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • David Horne, University of Washington, 2012 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Howard Huang, Washington University in St. Louis, 2011 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Steven Huang, University of Michigan, 2010 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Chi Hung, University of Washington, 2013 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Laertis Iknomou, Boston University, 2011 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Michael Iroezindu, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, 2014 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Alphonsus Isara, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, 2013 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Godsent Isiguzo, Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, 2014 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Diego Ize-Ludlow, University of Illinois-Chicago, 2011 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Yang Jin, University of Pittsburgh, 2009 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Jonathan Jun, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Chimusa Patrick de Marie Katoto, Universite Catholique de Bukavu Teaching Hospital, DR Congo, 2016 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Marta Kaminska, McGill University, 2013 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Lioudmila Karnatovskaia, Mayo Clinic, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Kazuyo Kegan, Johns Hopkins University, 2011 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Rachel Knipe, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2015 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Todd Kolb, Johns Hopkins University, 2012 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Darrell Kotton, Boston University, 2006 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Amadohoué Arsene Kpangon, University of Abomey-Calavi, 2015 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Jerry Krishnan, University of Chicago, 2008 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Arnold Kristof, McGill University, 2006 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Jonathan Kropski, Vanderbilt University, 2013 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Alexander Krupnick, Washington University in St. Louis, 2009 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Kostyantyn Krysan, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Sapna Kudchadkar, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, 2015 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • David Lagares, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2015 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Theresa Laguna, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 2009 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Tim Lahm, Indiana University, 2010 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Ai (Anna) Lam, Northwestern University, 2011 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Vibha Lama, University of Michigan, 2008 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Christina Lancioni, Oregon Health & Science University, 2012 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Herve Lawin, University of Abomey-Calavi, 2014 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • William Lawson, Vanderbilt University, 2006 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Chun Geun Lee, Yale University, 2005 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Janet Lee, University of Pittsburgh, 2005 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Jinhee Lee, University of Massachusetts, 2007 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Elena Lesma, Università degli Studi di Milano, 2009 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Hara Levy, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2006 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Ian Lewkowich, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, 2011 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Jinghong Li, University of California, San Diego, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Mark Looney, University of California, San Francisco, 2008 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Andrew Lovering, University of Oregon, 2010 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Qing Lu, Brown University, 2008 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Njira Lugogo, Duke University, 2008 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Nikolaos Maniatis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 2009 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Praveen Mannam, Yale University, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Kusum Mathews, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai , 2015 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Merry-Lynn McDonald, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Amy McKee, University of Colorado Denver, 2012 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Benjamin Medoff, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2007 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Nuala Meyer, University of Pennsylvania, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Carmen Mikacenic, University of Washington, 2015 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Alexander Misharin, Northwestern University, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • David Morris, Yale University, 2004 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Fiona Murray, University of Aberdeen, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Phuong Nguyen, Vietnam National Lung Hospital, 2016 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Lawrence Nogee, Johns Hopkins University, 2013 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Magnus Nord, Karolinska Institute, 2007 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Ogonna Nwota Odi Nwankwo, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Nigeria, 2016 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Daniel Obaseki, Obafemi Awolowo University, 2013 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Sande Okelo, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 2015 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Justin Oldham, University of California, Davis, 2015 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • William Oldham, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2015 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Violet Ongaya, Kenya Medical Research Institute, 2014 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Adebola Orimadegun, University of Ibadan, 2012 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Lawrence Ostrowski, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Kyra Oswald-Richter, Vanderbilt University, 2010 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Caroline Owen, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2004 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Obianuju Ozoh, University of Lagos, 2015 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Peter Paré, University of British Columbia, 2004 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Amy Pastva, Duke University, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Sanjay Patel, Case Western Reserve University, 2008 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Irina Petrache, Johns Hopkins University, 2004 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Melissa Piper, Ohio State University Research Foundation, 2009 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Charles Powell, Columbia University, 2005 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Hallie Prescott, University of Michigan, 2015 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Valerie Press, University of Chicago, 2012 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Kathryn Radigan, Northwestern University, 2013 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Farbod Rahaghi, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Elizabeth Redente, National Jewish Health, 2013 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Kenneth Remy, Washington University in St. Louis, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Mary Rice, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 2015 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Esra Roan, University of Memphis, 2013 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Angela Rogers, Stanford University, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Lynette Rogers, Nationwide Children's Hospital, 2009 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Harry Rossiter, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Med Cntr, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Lobelia Samavati, Wayne State University, 2009 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Cecilia Sanchez, Tulane University, 2013 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Nathan Sandbo, University of Wisconsin, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Yan Sanders, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2011 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Scott Sands, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2015 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Lynn Schnapp, University of Washington, 2004 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Ciara Shaver, Vanderbilt University, 2015 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Jeoung-Sook Shin, University of California, San Francisco, 2009 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Anthony Shum, University of California, San Francisco, 2012 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Richard Silver, Case Western Reserve University, 2006 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Philip Simonian, University of Colorado Denver, 2010 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Ursula Smole, Johns Hopkins University, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Xavier Soler, University of California, San Diego, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Pingfang Song, Oregon Health & Science University, 2008 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Akshay Sood, University of New Mexico HSC, 2010 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Renee Stapleton, University of Washington, 2006 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Takuji Suzuki, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, 2013 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Andrew Tager, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2008 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Katsuyuki Takeda, National Jewish Health, 2010 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Seyedtaghi Takyar, Yale University, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Harikrishna Tanjore, Vanderbilt University, 2009 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Harikrishna Tanjore, Vanderbilt University, 2013 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Neeta Thakur, University of California, San Francisco, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Trent Tipple, Nationwide Children's Hospital, 2013 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Shivraj Tyagi, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2008 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Kingsley Ukwaja, Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, 2015 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Andrew Varga, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Avelino Verceles, University of Maryland, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • George Verghese, University of Virginia, 2005 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Leah Villegas, University of Colorado Denver, 2013 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Le Thuong Vu, Cho Ray Hospital, 2013 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Darcy Wagner, Comprehensive Pneumology Center, Germany, 2016 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Jan Wahlström, Karolinska Institute, 2006 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Jennifer Wambach, Washington University in St. Louis, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Gang Wang, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, 2013 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Cherry Wongtrakool, Emory University, 2008 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Xinqi Wu, Children’s Hospital Boston, 2006 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Jingsong Xu, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2006 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Ozge Yilmaz, Celal Bayer University, 2011 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Grant
  • Lisa Young, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, 2007 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Lisa Young, Vanderbilt University, 2012 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Lunyin Yu, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2009 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Ari Zaiman, Johns Hopkins University, 2009 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Beiyun Zhou, University of Southern California, 2010 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Yang Zhou, Yale University, 2011 ATS Foundation Research Program
  • Yong Zhou, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2014 ATS Foundation Research Program

Details regarding past awardees are available here.

Learn more about MECOR Research Awards here.


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