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2014 ATS Abstract Scholarship Award Recipients

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

Benjamin M. Smith, MD, MS
McGill University
Abstract Title: Airway Smooth Muscle Predicts Persistent Long-Term Impairment In Moderate-To-Severe Asthma

Brian S. Comer, PhD
University of South Alabama
Abstract Title: MicroRNA-155 Is Elevated In Asthmatic Human Airway Smooth Muscle Cells And Enhances Cytokine-Responsive Gene Expression

Vidyanand V Anaparti, MSc, BSc
University of Manitoba
Abstract Title: NMDA Receptor Activation Induces Calcium Release In Human Airway Smooth Muscle Cells And Airway Contraction In Murine Lung Slices

Polina L Yarova, PhD
Cardiff University
Abstract Title: A Novel Therapeutic For Treating Inflammatory Lung Disorders

Aruni Jha, MPh
University of Manitoba
Abstract Title: Inhibition Of Airway Inflammation And Hyperreactivity By Inhaled Simvastatin

Vanessa Jane Kelly, BS, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Abstract Title: Who Moved My Perfusion? The Early And Late Phase Pulmonary Response To Whole Lung Allergen Challenge

Xiang Li, BSc
University of Hong Kong
Abstract Title: Mitochondrial Transfer Of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells-derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells To Airway Epithelial Cells Attenuates Cigarette Smoke-induced Damage

John M. Craig, PhD
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Abstract Title: ST2-Deficiency Attenuates The Severity Of Elastase-Induced Emphysema

Dan Wu, BSc
The University of Iowa
Abstract Title: 3D Simulation Of Heat And Water Vapor Transfer In CT-Based Human Airway Models

Aparna B. Sundaram, MD
University of California, San Francisco
Abstract Title: Human Chymase Regulates Airway Responsiveness By Modulating Cell-Extracellular Matrix Interactions

Damien Pike, BSc
Robarts Research Institute
Abstract Title: Pulmonary Imaging Of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease In Ex-Smokers:  Thoracic Imaging Network Of Canada (TINCan) Cross-Sectional Evaluation

Sami Rehman Shariff, BS, BSc, MSc
The University of Calgary
Abstract Title: Human Rhinovirus Infection Of Bronchial Epithelial Cells Results In Chemotaxis Of Airway Smooth Muscle Cells

Dhananjay R. Subramaniam, MS
University of Cincinnati
Abstract Title: Patient-specific Identification Of Upper-airway Tissue Compliance Using Medical Image Analysis

Mestawet Teka, MD
Howard University Hospital
Abstract Title: Pulmonary Function impairment and Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection in the Era of Effective Antiretroviral Therapy

Ruping Wang, PhD
Albany Medical College
Abstract Title: c-Abl Regulates Cortactin Phosphorylation, Interaction Of Cortactin With Profilin-1 And Airway Smooth Muscle Contraction

Jennifer M. Kwan, MD, PhD
University of Illinois, Chicago
Abstract Title: T Regs And The Role Of The Akt-mTORC1 Pathway In Acute Lung Injury

Ludovic Broche, MSc.
European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
Abstract Title: Short-Term Recruitment/Derecruitment Demonstrated By Phase-Contrast CT Imaging In Injured Rabbit Lung

Celine Kempeneers, MD
British Columbia Children's Hospital
Abstract Title: Ciliary Videomicroscopy: Defining A Standard Methodology

Marc Fortin, MD
Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et Pneumologie de Quebec
Abstract Title: Prognostic Value Of Oxygen Kinetics During The Recovery Period From Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing In Heart Failure Patients

Oluwaseun Ojo, PhD, MSc, BSc
University of Manitoba
Abstract Title: Epigenetic Control By Bromodomain Proteins Drives Increased Release Of Thymic Stromal Lymphopoeitin (TSLP) By Human COPD Lung Fibroblasts

This Abstract Scholarship Award has been provided by ATS Public Advisory Roundtable member - Lymphangiomatosis & Gorhams' Disease Alliance

Rahul  Argula, MBBS, MPH
Medical University of South Carolina
Abstract Title: A CT Volumetric Analysis Of The Impact Of Sirolimus On Cyst Characteristics In Patients With Lymphangioleiomyomatosis- The MILES Study Experience