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HomeAboutNewsroomPress ReleasesPress Releases from the ATS2020 Press Releases ▶ ATS Foundation Research Program/Pulmonary Hypertension Association Names 2019 Partner Grant Awardees
ATS Foundation Research Program/Pulmonary Hypertension Association Names 2019 Partner Grant Awardees

(Feb. 20, 2020) -- The ATS Foundation Research Program/Pulmonary Hypertension Association has awarded Rahul Kumar, PhD, of the University of California, San Francisco, a $80,000 Foundation Partner grant. A $50,000 Foundation Partner grant was awarded to Jason Boehme, MD, also of the University of California, San Francisco. Ke Yuan, PhD, of Boston Children’s Hospital is the 2019 recipient of the Aldrighetti Research Award for Young Investigators. The award, in the amount of $80,000, is sponsored by Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc, through a partnership with the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.

The ATS Foundation Partner Grant provides crucial support to talented investigators from around the world, launching careers dedicated to scientific discovery and better patient care.

For Dr. Kumar, the grant will help support his research project, “Crosstalk Between Bone Marrow Compartment and Inflamed Lungs in Hypoxic Pulmonary Hypertension.”

Dr. Boehme will use the grant award to help support his research project, “Pulmonary Vascular Smooth Muscle Metabolic Reprogramming in Congenital Heart Disease.”

For Dr. Yuan, the grant will help support her research project, “Pericytes as a Source of Smooth Muscle Cells in PAH:  Role of HIF2a/CXCL12 Signaling.”

“The Pulmonary Hypertension Association is pleased to partner with the ATS Foundation to promote pulmonary hypertension research,” said Elizabeth Joseloff, PhD, vice president, Quality Care and Research at PHA.  “Advancing innovative science and supporting the next generation of researchers align with our mission to extend and improve the lives of those affected by PH.”

“Not only do these grants boost basic research to understand pulmonary hypertension, they also help develop young investigators’ careers − essential ingredients in building a better tomorrow,” said Dean Schraufnagel, MD, chair of the ATS Foundation and professor of medicine at the University of Illinois Chicago.

The application process for the next cycle of grant opportunities will open in Spring of 2020. Visit the ATS Foundation website to learn more.