ATS Foundation Research Program Recipients

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2014 ATS Research Grant Recipients

This year, the ATS Foundation awarded 28 new grants and awards to early-career investigators from all over the world engaged in pulmonary, sleep, and critical care research.

Partner Grants

The ATS Foundation pools its funds with other non-profit organizations and pharmaceutical companies to maximize the number of grants that we can support. The ATS Foundation reviews all grants and assumes all costs associated with administrating the grants.


2014 ATS Foundation/AAIM-ASP Career Development Award in Geriatrics – $25,000

Avelino Verceles, MD
Avelino Verceles, MD
University of Maryland
The Multimodal Rehabilitation of Older Ventilated Survivors of Critical Illness

2014 ATS Foundation/Alpha-1 Foundation Research Grant – $80,000

Monica Goldklang, MD
Monica Goldklang, MD
Columbia University
The Role of MMP-13 in COPD Exacerbations and Implications on Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Activity


2014 ATS Foundation/Breathe California of Los Angeles Research Grant – $80,000

Harry Rossiter, PhD
Harry Rossiter, PhD
LA Biomed Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Responsiveness in an Underserved Population


2014 ATS Foundation/Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation/Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Grant – $100,000

Nathan Sandbo, MD
Nathan Sandbo, MD

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Mechanisms Facilitating Enhanced Fibronectin Assembly by Myofibroblasts


2014 ATS Foundation/Pulmonary Hypertension Association Research Fellowship – $80,000

Ankit Desai, MD
Ankit Desai, MD

University of Arizona
Enhanced Risk Profiles of Sickle Cell-related Pulmonary Hypertension-Integrating Genomics & Imaging


2014 ATS Foundation/Pulmonary Hypertension Association Proof of Concept Research Grant – $40,000

Fiona Murray, PhD
Fiona Murray, PhD

University of Aberdeen, Scotland
A Novel G-Protein Coupled Receptor (GPCR) Target in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension


2014 ATS Foundation/Scleroderma Foundation Research Grant – $80,000

Alexander Misharin, MD, PhD
Alexander Misharin, MD, PhD

Northwestern University
Alternative Activation of Lung Macrophages and the Development of Scleroderma-related Lung Fibrosis

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

The ATS Foundation introduced the Recognition Awards for Outstanding Early Career Investigator Awards in 2013 to address the ramifications of federal sequestration of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research dollars. These awards provide financial support to investigators who came close to, but did not meet, the NIH (or international equivalent) paylines. The awards are intended to help investigators generate preliminary data or take courses to strengthen their original applications, increasing the probability of funding when they resubmit their proposals to the NIH.

Robert Guzy , MD, PhD
Robert Guzy , MD, PhD
Washington University School of Medicine
Mechanism of Fibroblast Growth Factor 2-Mediated Alveolar Epithelial Repair

Praveen Mannam, MD
Praveen Mannam, MD
Yale University
Mitochondrial Quality Control as a Therapeutic Target in Sepsis

Nuala Meyer, MD
Nuala Meyer, MD
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist in ARDS: from Gene to Function


Xavier Soler, MD, PhD
University of California, San Diego
Pathophysiology of Obstructive Sleep Apnea affecting COPD: the Overlap Syndrome

Neeta Thakur, MD
Neeta Thakur, MD
University of California, San Francisco
Allostatic Load and Asthma: Chronic Stress and Asthma in Minority Children

Yong Zhou, PhD
Yong Zhou, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
The Role of Biomechanical Signaling in Lung Fibrosis

ATS Foundation Unrestricted Research Grants - $40,000

This year, the ATS Board of Directors recommended that funds be allocated for five unrestricted grants in addition to one unrestricted grant in each of the ATS’s three pillars—pulmonary, sleep, and critical care medicine.

Amy Pastva, PhD
Critical Care Unrestricted:
Amy Pastva, PhD
Duke University
Early Rehabilitation in Critical Care: Supine Cycling and Functional Electrical Stimulation

Ursula Smole, PhD
Pulmonary Unrestricted:
Ursula Smole, PhD

Bloomberg School of Public Health
The Danger Receptor FPR2 Controls the Initiation of Allergic Immune Responses

Jessie Bakker, PhD
Sleep Unrestricted:
Jessie Bakker, PhD

Brigham & Women’s Hospital; Harvard Medical School
Group-based Peer-support to Maximize Adherence to CPAP

Yael Aschner, MD
Yael Aschner, MD
University of Colorado Denver
Regulation of TGF-beta Responsiveness in the Pathogenesis of Pulmonary Fibrosis

Xiaoyong Bao, PhD
Xiaoyong Bao, PhD

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Respiratory Syncytial Virus Utilizes a tRNA 5’-end Fragment to Suppress the Host Antiviral Response

Merry-Lynn McDonald, PhD
Merry-Lynn McDonald, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Gene Expression and Metabolomics of Muscle Wasting in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder

Angela Rogers, MD, MPH
Angela Rogers, MD, MPH
Stanford University
Metabolic Response to Acute Injury in Alveolar Epithelium and ARDS

Jennifer Wambach, MD, MS
Jennifer Wambach, MD, MS
Washington University School of Medicine
Mechanisms of Surfactant Dysfunction Among Infants with ABCA3 Mutations

MECOR Research Grants - $5,000

Introduced in 2011, the MECOR Research Grants provide 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 in Africa, Asia, India, Latin America, Turkey, and Vietnam.

Michael Iroezindu, MD, MPH, FWACP, FMCP
Michael Iroezindu, MD, MPH, FWACP, FMCP
College of Medicine, University of Nigeria
The Burden of Severe Sepsis in Nigeria: Incidence, Mortality, Prognostic Factors, and Cost of Care

Godsent Isiguzo, MD
Godsent Isiguzo, MD
Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki
Social Support and Tuberculosis Outcome

Herve Lawin, MD
Herve Lawin, MD
University of Abomey Calavi
Biomass Fuel Use and Respiratory Health in Rural and Urban Homes in Seme Podji, Benin

Violet Ongaya, PhD
Violet Ongaya, PhD
Kenya Medical Research Institute
Effects of HIV infection on the Antibacterial Function of Memory cd8+t Cells Specific to m.Tb ag

Grants-for-Hire Program 

ATS contracts with several organizations to provide grant services. The ATS Foundation provides administrative support and performs a rigorous scientific review for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association research program. In return for these services, the ATS Foundation receives a fee, which is funneled back into unrestricted and partner research grants. The Grants-for-Hire Program represents a strategic and unique way to reduce administrative costs associated with holding a grant review meeting and staffing across various grant-giving organizations in order to maximize the number of research grants that can be awarded each year.

Rebecca Kameny, MD
Robyn J. Barst, MD, Pediatric
Research and Mentoring Fund:

Rebecca Kameny, MD
University of California, San Francisco
Right Ventricular Performance in Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension and Congenital Heart Disease

Frances de Man, PhD
Frances de Man, PhD
VU University Medical Center Amsterdam
A New Tool to Obtain Novel Insights in PAH-Induced Right Heart Failure?

Marc de Perrot, MD
Marc de Perrot, MD
University Healthy Network
Photodynamic Therapy for the Treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Daniel Fox, MD
Daniel Fox, MD
University of Colorado
SSc-PAH Risk Score:Early Identification of Scleroderma-associated PAH by RV Strain, GDF-15, & IL7r

Last Reviewed: June 2016