Laura E. Crotty Alexander, MD, is an assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego, and a staff physician in the VA San Diego Healthcare System.
One of our newest awardees, Dr. Crotty Alexander received a 2016 ATS Foundation Recognition Award for Outstanding Early Career Investigators.
With her award, Dr. Crotty Alexander will continue her study of the effects of e-cigarette vapor. She was inspired to study e-cigarettes as she witnessed the increasingly successful advertising of the devices.
As she discussed e-cigarettes with her colleagues, she found there were many unanswered questions about the effects of e-cigarettes on nicotine addiction pathways, the immune system’s response to bacteria, and inflammation in the lungs and throughout the body.
Receiving an ATS Foundation Recognition Award for Outstanding Early Career Investigators is both personally and professionally meaningful for Dr. Crotty Alexander: “There are researchers who believe in me as a researcher and believe in our research. It boosts my self-confidence about whether I’m a good researcher who’s asking the right questions and proposing the best research models,” she says.
“On a personal level, it meant more to me to get this award than some of the other awards and grants I’ve received. I’ve been involved in the ATS for a long time and have a lot of respect for the ATS community. Having them decide to fund me just meant more because they’re ‘my people,’” says Dr. Crotty Alexander.
Congratulations, Dr. Crotty Alexander!