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2015 ATS Research Grant Recipients

The ATS Foundation is pleased to announce the grant and award recipients for the 2015-2016 grant cycle. The support of our members, donors, and partners helps make these awards possible—thank you!

These grants and awards support research encompassing pulmonary, critical care, and sleep illnesses. In addition, they provide crucial support for early stage investigators from around the world.

Learn more in this ATS News article

Partner Grants

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

                
           
     
Resat Cinar, PhD   Bria M. Coates, MD
Resat Cinar, PhD
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
2015 ATS Foundation/Hermansky Pudlak Syndrome Network Research Grant - $80,000
Novel Targets and Treatment Strategy for PF in HPS by Polypharmacology Approach
  Bria M. Coates, MD
Northwestern University
2015 ATS Foundation/American Lung Association Research Grant - $80,000
Impact of NOD-like Receptor Signaling in Juvenile Influenza A Virus Infection
Lauren Ferrante, MD   Rachel Knipe, MD
Lauren Ferrante, MD
Yale University
2015 ATS Foundation/AAIM-ASP Career Development Award in Geriatrics - $50,000
Critical Illness, Disability, and Vulnerability in Older Persons
  Rachel Knipe, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
2015 ATS Foundation/Scleroderma Foundation Research Grant - $80,000
The Role of Rho kinase (ROCK) in Scleroderma Lung Fibrosis
David Lagares, PhD Sande Okelo, MD, PhD
David Lagares, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital
2015 ATS Foundation/Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Research Grant - $80,000
Role of αTAT-1 in Mediating Fibroblast Durotaxis and Pulmonary Fibrosis
  Sande Okelo, MD, PhD
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
2015 ATS Foundation/Breathe California of LA Research Grant - $80,000
Improving Pediatric Emergency Department Asthma Care: The ePACCI-ED Trial
Justin Oldham, MD William Oldham, MD, PhD
Justin Oldham, MD
University of California, Davis
2015 ATS Foundation/Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Career Development Award in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis - $50,000
Genome-Wide Survival Analysis in Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  William Oldham, MD, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
2015 ATS Foundation/Pulmonary Hypertension Association Research Fellowship - $80,000
Metabolic Flux Analysis in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Mary B. Rice, MD, MPH  
Mary B. Rice, MD, MPH
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
2015 ATS Foundation/American Lung Association Research Grant - $80,000
Ambient Temperature and Lung Function: Acute Effects and Interactions with Outdoor Pollutants
   

ATS Foundation Unrestricted Research Grants - $40,000

The ATS Foundation funds unrestricted research grants with three focused on ATS’s three pillars (pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine) and three awarded to the top scores regardless of pillar.
 
Charles Hardin, MD, PhD Kusum Mathews, PhD, MPH
Charles Hardin, MD, PhD
Masssachusetts General Hospital
2015 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant - $40,000
Cell Mechanical Endotypes in the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  Kusum Mathews, MD, MPH
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
2015 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant - $40,000
Analysis of ICU Triage and Impact of These Decisions on Outcomes for Critically Ill ED Patients
Carmen Mikacenic, MD Hallie Prescott, MD, MSc
Carmen Mikacenic, MD
University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center
2015 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonology - $40,000
The Role of TLR1 in Chronic Sarcoidosis
  Hallie Prescott, MD, MSc
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2015 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Critical Care - $40,000
Distinct Subtypes of Sepsis Patients
Scott Sands, PhD Ciara Shaver, MD, PhD
Scott Sands, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
2015 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Sleep - $40,000
Sleep Apnea Pathophysiology to Predict Successful Oral Appliance Therapy
  Ciara Shaver, MD, PhD
Vanderbilt University
2015 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant - $40,000
Inflammatory Consequences of Cell-Free Hemoglobin During Acute Lung Injury

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. These awards provide financial support to investigators who came close to, but did not meet, the National Institutes of Health (or international equivalent) paylines. The awards provide young investigators protected time to improve their NIH applications and pursue other major grants for their respiratory research.
 
Matthew Churpek, MD, PhD Jeffrey Haspel, MD, PhD
Matthew Churpek, MD, PhD
University of Chicago
2015 ATS Foundation Recognition Award for Outstanding Early Career Investigators - $40,000
Predicting Sepsis Using Electronic Health Record Data
  Jeffrey Haspel, MD, PhD
Washington University in St. Louis
2015 ATS Foundation Recognition Award for Outstanding Early Career Investigators - $40,000
Role of Biological Timekeeping in Asthma Pathogenesis
Sapna Kudchadkar, MD
Sapna Kudchadkar, MD
Johns Hopkins University
2015 ATS Foundation Recognition Award for Outstanding Early Career Investigators - $40,000
Alterations in Temporal Sleep-Wake Patterns of Critically Ill Children

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, Latin America, India, Turkey, and Vietnam.
 
Adesuwa Aigbokhaode, MPH, FMCPH Amadohoué Kpangon, MD
Adesuwa Aigbokhaode, MPH, FMCPH
Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, Nigeria
2015 ATS Foundation MECOR Award - $5,000
Household Air Pollution Exposures from Biomass Fuel Use and Respiratory Symptoms Among Women and Children
 

Arsène Kpangon MD, MSc
University of Abomey-Calavi
2015 ATS Foundation MECOR Award - $5,000
Role of Biomass in Failure of Pulmonary Tuberculosis Positive Cases Treatment in Benin

Obianuju Ozoh, MBBS Kingsley Ukwaja, MD
Obianuju Ozoh, MBBS
University of Lagos, Nigeria
2015 ATS Foundation MECOR Award - $5,000
Burden of Pulmonary Dysfunction in Sickle Cell Anaemia; Implications for Monitoring
  Kingsley Ukwaja, MD
Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Nigeria
2015 ATS Foundation MECOR Award - $5,000
Alcohol Use, Smoking, and Depression in Tuberculosis: Burden and Their Impact on Treatment Outcomes

Grants-for-Hire Program

ATS contracts with several organizations to provide grant services, providing administrative support and performing a rigorous scientific review for the organization’s research program. In return for these services, the ATS Foundation receives a fee that is funneled back into research grants, maximizing the number of research grants that can be awarded each year.
 
David Frank, MD, PhD Kara Goss, MD
David Frank, MD, PhD
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
The Matthew and Michael Wojciechowski Pediatric PH Research & Mentoring Grant - $50,000
Wnt Signaling Progenitor Cells in Late Lung Development, Regeneration, and Repair
  Kara Goss, MD
University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Joel Belt Pediatric PH Research and Mentoring Grant - $50,000
Right Ventricular-Pulmonary Vascular Interactions Following Postnatal Hyperoxia Exposure
Vitaly Kheyfets, PhD Soban Umar, MD, MPH
Vitaly Kheyfets, PhD
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Cordelia’s Pediatric PH Research and Mentoring Grant - $50,000
The Cause and Effect of Decreased Wall Shear Stress in Pediatric Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
  Soban Umar, MD, PhD
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
The Jerry Wojciecohwski PH Proof of Concept Grant - $40,000
Y Chromosome Confers Protection Against Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Ke Yuan, PhD
Ke Yuan, PhD
Stanford University
PHA Proof of Concept Award - $40,000
The Role of Lung Pericytes as a Source of Occluding Pulmonary Artery Smooth Muscle Cells in PAH
Last Reviewed: June 2016