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2016 ATS Abstract Scholarship Award Recipients

These Abstract Scholarship Awards have been funded by the American Thoracic Society

Krittika Teerapuncharoen, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Abstract Title: Acquired CFTR Dysfunction Is Associated with Bronchiectasis in Smokers and Former Smokers with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Lillian Benck, MD, MPH
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Sustained or Relative Increases in Cardiopulmonary Fitness are Associated with Preserved Lung Health from Young Adulthood to Middle Age

Robert Hallifax, BM BCH, MSc
Oxford University, Churchill Hospital
Abstract Title: The Epidemiology of Pneumothorax in England (1968-2011)

Julia Espel, MD
Northwestern University
Abstract Title: Association of Sweat Chloride Level with Mortality Varies by Individual Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Receptor Genotype

Lida P. Hariri, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hosp
Abstract Title: Bronchoscopic Optical Coherence Tomography as a Low Risk Method for Microscopic Diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Eric D. Abston, MD PhD
Abstract Title: A Higher Dysanapsis-Ratio Is Associated with a Lower Risk for COPD Exacerbations: The Obesity-Chest Wall Strapping Analogy

Samuel Ash, MD
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Abstract Title: Quantitative Computed Tomography Analysis Predicts Outcomes in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Erik Vakil, MD
University of Texas Houston
Abstract Title: Evaluation of Bronchoscopy and Radiographic Imaging in Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection in Hematologic Malignancy and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Patients

Jonathan Galli, MD
Temple University
Abstract Title: Pirfenidone and Nintedanib for Pulmonary Fibrosis in Real-World Clinical Practice: Tolerability and Adverse Drug Reactions

Diandian Li, MD
Johns Hopkins University
Abstract Title: Prognostic Value of Pulmonary Hypertension in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis

Terence Lee, MD
University of Toronto
Abstract Title: Morbidity and Mortality of Surgical Lung Biopsy in Interstitial Lung Disease

Daniel Alape, MD
Thoracic surgery and Interventional Pulmonology
Abstract Title: Tracheobronchoplasty for Severe Tracheobronchomalacia:
Short and Long-Term Outcomes

Sakshi Jasra, MD
University at Buffalo
Abstract Title: Quantitative False Positive Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan Following Endobronchial Ultrasound Guided Transbronchial Aspiration (EBUS-TBNA): A Retrospective Study

Kamonpun Ussavarungsi, MD
Mayo Clinic
Abstract Title: Transbronchial Cryobiopsy in Diffuse Parenchymal Lung Disease: Retrospective Analysis of 75 Cases

Nathaniel Gaeckle, MD
Temple University Hospital
Abstract Title: Participation in a Telemedicine Program for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Improves Daily Symptoms

Rachel E. Roberts, BSc(Hons)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Abstract Title: Does Smoking Status After a Diagnosis of Lung Cancer Matter? The Effect of Quitting on Patient Outcomes

Kenta Furuya, MD
Toho University
Abstract Title: Efficay of Pirfenidone for Acute Exacerbation of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Anna Podolanczuk, MD
Columbia University Medical Center
Abstract Title: High Attenuation Areas on Computed Tomography, Subclinical Interstitial Lung Disease, and Mortality in Community Dwelling Adults

Brett J. Ley, BS, MD
University of California San Francisco
Abstract Title: Case-Validated Epidemiology of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Member Population

Matthew Shorofsky, MD.CM.
McGill University Health Centre
Abstract Title: A Population Based Study of Sleep Disorders in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Sleep Quality and Acute Exacerbations of COPD

Brian M. Walsh, DO
Geisinger Medical Center
Abstract Title: Outcomes Following Virus and Non-Virus Associated Acute Exacerbations of COPD

Xiaoping Wu, MD
New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College
Abstract Title: The Clinical Utility of a Genomic Diagnostic Test in Differentiating Usual Interstitial Pneumonia from Other Interstitial Lung Disease Pathologies

Abhishek Gadre, MD
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Abstract Title: Effect of Diastolic Dysfunction on Six Minute Walk Test Performance in Patients With Scleroderma

Xuxu Gou, BM, MS
Oklahoma State University
Abstract Title: Streptococcus Pneumoniae Colonization in Lower Airways Accelerates the Progression of Cigarette Smoke-Induced Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Ronak Parikh, DO
University of Chicago (NorthShore)
Abstract Title: Observational Study of Therapeutic Response to Immunosuppression of CTD-ILD Versus AIF-ILD

Simon M. Finch, MBChB
Ninewells Hospital and Medical School
Abstract Title: The Bronchiectasis Severity Index as a Surrogate Marker of Morbidity, Quality of Life and Future Risk

This Abstract Scholarship Award has been funded by a generous donation from ATS Public Advisory Roundtable member -  Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research

Catherine Oberg, MD
Mount Sinai Hospital
Abstract Title: Stepwise Approach to Bronchoscopic Diagnosis of Sarcoidosis in Patients with Intrathoracic Adenopathy Employing EBUS, ROSE, and Histology Needles

This Abstract Scholarship Award has been funded by a generous donation from ATS Public Advisory Roundtable member -  Lung Transplant Foundation

Matthew J. Mulligan, BA
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Survival of Lung Transplant Candidates with COPD: BODE Reconsidered

These Abstract Scholarship Awards have been funded by a generous donation from the National Emphysema Foundation, Honoring Claude Lenfant, MD

Miranda Kirby, PhD
UBC Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
Abstract Title: CT Total Airway Count Explains Airflow Limitation in COPD Patients Without Emphysema

Fernando S. Leitao, MD, PhD
Centre for Heart and Lung Innovation, St. Paul's Hospital, University of British Columbia
Abstract Title: Serum Immunoglobulins and Risk of Exacerbations in COPD

Alexander J. Mackay, MRCP(UK), MBBS
University College London
Abstract Title: Roflumilast Initiated at Onset of Acute Exacerbation of COPD Enhances Lung Function Recovery: Results from the Randomised, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group Trial, Treatment with Roflumilast at ExAcerbaTion (TREAT)

Kazuya Tanimura, MD
Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University
Abstract Title: Frequent Exacerbations of COPD Cause Loss of Antigravity Muscles -Quantitative and Longitudinal Analysis Using Chest CT

Hyun Lee, MD
Samsung Medical Center
Abstract Title: The Relationship Between COPD Assessment Test and C-Reactive Protein

Kirsty Hambleton, BMedSci, BM, BS, MRCP(UK)
Univeristy of Oxford
Abstract Title: Defining Inflammatory Groups Within a COPD Cohort

Marko Topalovic, MSc
University Hospital Leuven
Abstract Title: Second Order Transfer Function of Specific Resistance Loops to Detect Presence of COPD

Sandra Martineau, BSc
Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec
Abstract Title: Evaluation of Fat Infiltration in the Quadriceps of Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Maxime Patout, MD
Chez mme Urban
Abstract Title: Clinical Significance of Isolation of Aspergillus spp. During Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease

Lydia Finney, BSc, MBChB, MRCP(UK)
National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College
Abstract Title: Rhinovirus Impairs Phagocytosis of Bacteria by Monocyte Derived Macrophages in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Nina F. Caspersen,, MD
Akershus University Hospital
Abstract Title: Adiponectin Is Associated with Lower Lung Function in Never Smokers in a General Population-Based Sample

Ana Rodrigo-Troyano, MD
Abstract Title: Bacterial Colonization Is Associated with Abnormal Bronchial Structure In Severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Patients

Coleen B. Gulay, MD
Philippine General Hospital
Abstract Title: Prevalence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Among Patients Previously Treated for Pulmonary Tuberculosis (PTB) in Manila: A Multi-Center Study (PreCOPT Study)

Yao Ma, MD
West China Hospital/West China School of Medicine, Sichuan University
Abstract Title: Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Gene Polymorphism Is Associated with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and Pulmonary Hypertension in Patients with COPD

Breda Cushen, MD
Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
Abstract Title: Physiological Improvements During an Acute Exacerbation of COPD Are Greater in Those Who Remain Exacerbation-Free Compared with Repeat Exacerbators

Richa Singh, MA, MBBS, MRCP(UK)
Imperial College London
Abstract Title: The Influence of Stable State Eosinophil Count and Acute Exacerbations on the Airway Microbiome in COPD

Ghazi Elshafie, BS, MD
Heartlands Hospital
Abstract Title: The Effect of Lung Cancer Resection on Chest Wall Mechanics of COPD Patients

Patricia Van Velzen, MD
Academic Medical Centre
Abstract Title: Long-Term Effects of Antibiotics in COPD Exacerbations: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Hamed Hanafi, PhD
Dalhousie University
Abstract Title: Are Variations of Impedance in Time Contributing to Frequency Dependence of Resistance?

Francisca Ferreira, MSc
Abstract Title: Assessment of the Effect of Pulsed Inhaled Nitric Oxide in COPD Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension using Functional Respiratory Imaging (FRI)

Last Reviewed: June 2016