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2015 ATS Abstract Scholarship Award Recipients

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

Kathleen J. Ramos, MD
University of Washington
Abstract Title: Predictors of Late Referral or Non-Referral for Lung Transplant Evaluation in Cystic Fibrosis Patients with Advanced Lung Disease

Phillip James, PhD
Imperial College London
Abstract Title: Evaluation of the Fungal Airway Microbiome in Adult Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and Non-CF Bronchiectasis by Next-Generation Sequencing

Justin M. Oldham, MD
University of Chicago
Abstract Title: Genetic Heterogeneity Among Patients Enrolled in the PANTHER-IPF Clinical Trial

Erik H Van Iterson, MS, MBio
University of Minnesota
Abstract Title: Genetic Variation in ΔF508 CFTR Influences Cardiac Power and Stroke Work in Cystic Fibrosis Patients

Morgan L. Locy, BA
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Abstract Title: Plasma Tyrosine Oxidative Modifications as a Biomarker in Human Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Richard H Huynh,, MD
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Abstract Title: Th2 Products IL-4 and IL-13 Are Associated with Rapidly Progressive Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Vikas K. Singh, MD
University of Pittsburgh
Abstract Title: Evolving Epidemiology of Lung Transplant Candidates in the Lung Allocation Score Era

Debresha A. Shelton, BA
Vanderbilt University
Abstract Title: Characterizing the Role of CD4+ T Cell Exhaustion in Progressive Sarcoidosis Disease

Monica M. Vasquez, MPH
University of Arizona
Abstract Title: Lung Function in Young Adult Life and Mortality Risk

Eleanor B. Valenzi, MD
University of Chicago
Abstract Title: Predictors of Mortality in Patients with Connnective Tissue Disease-Associated Interstitial Lung Disease

Michael T. Durheim, MD
Duke University Medical Center
Abstract Title: Associations Between Hospitalization and Forced Vital Capacity Endpoints and Survival in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Kunihiro Yagihashi, MD
St. Marianna University School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Quantitative CT Analysis and Survival in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Rosemarie Beckford, MD
University of Michigan
Abstract Title: Donor Lung Export Recipient Outcomes Following Implementation of a Lung Donor Management Protocol

Julia Pritchard, BSc, MD
University of Calgary
Abstract Title: Epidemic Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Infection in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis is Not a Risk Factor for Poor Clinical Outcome Following Lung Transplantation

Ayodeji Adegunsoye, MD
University of Chicago
Abstract Title: Autoimmunity in Patients with Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis: Adding Insult to Injury

Jolene Fisher, MD
University of Toronto
Abstract Title: Multi-Dimensional Scores to Predict Mortality in Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Undergoing Lung Transplantation Assessment

A. Susanne Dittrich, MD
University of Heidelberg
Abstract Title: Neutrophil Elastase Activity on the Surface of Sputum Neutrophils is

Samina Afreen, MD
Howard University Hospital
Abstract Title: Associated with Severity of Cystic Fibrosis Lung Disease

Nirmal S. Sharma, MD
University of Alabama Birmingham
Abstract Title: Differences in Upper Airway and Lower Airway Microbiome in Lung Transplant Patients

Nithya Menon, MD
Geisinger Medical Center
Abstract Title: Adherence and Outcomes of Implementing the ProvenCare® Model in Patients with COPD Admitted for Exacerbations

Caterina Conti, MD
Royal Brompton Hospital
Abstract Title: Distribution of Mucins MUC5B and MUC5AC in Distal Airways and Honeycomb Spaces: Comparison Between UIP and Other ILD Patterns

Jun Chieh Tsay, MD
New York University School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Magnitude of Autoimmune Response to Tumor-Associated Antigens Correlates with Obstructive Impairment and Dyspnea in Smokers

Brianne Aiello, MD
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Abstract Title: BNP Change During Maximal Exercise in COPD: Relationships with Dynamic Hyperinflation and Inhaled Iloprost

Suman Majumdar, MD
University at Buffalo
Abstract Title: Proteolysis of Sputum Secretory IgA in Bacterial Exacerbations of COPD

These Abstract Scholarship Awards have been funded by a generous donataion from ATS Public Advisory Roundtable member- Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research

Lindsay J. Celada
Vanderbilt University
Abstract Title:  Reduced Protein Kinase B (PKB/Akt) and Extracellular Signal Regulated Kinase (Erk) Expression is Present In Sarcoidosis CD4+ T Cells of Low Proliferative Capacity

Caroline E. Broos
Erasmus Medical Center
Abstract Title:  Steroid Treatment Optimization in Pulmonary Sarcoidosis

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

Jannie Marie Bülow Sand, MSc
Nordic Bioscience
Abstract Title:  Collagen Turnover Profile of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients with Exacerbations

Simon D. Pouwels, MSc.
University Medical Center Groningen
Abstract Title:  The Damage Associated Molecular Pattern (DAMP) Release Signature Relates to Susceptibility to Develop Airway Neutrophilia After Cigarette Smoke Exposure

Smurfitt Building, Beaumont Hospital
Abstract Title:  Observational Study of Patients Following an Acute Exacerbation of COPD: Medication Adherence, Its Associations and Possible Consequences

Maria Calderazzo, MD
Abstract Title:  Relationship Between Viral Colds and COPD Exacerbations

Janice Leung, MD
Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
Abstract Title:  Discovery of Novel Plasma Protein Biomarkers to Diagnose Acute COPD Exacerbations Using Multiple Reaction Monitoring Mass Spectrometry

Giulia Scioscia, MD
Hospital Clínic – Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS)
Abstract Title:  Breathlessness Perception in COPD: Relationship with Exacerbation Frequency

Raewyn J. Hopkins, BN, MPH
University of Auckland
Abstract Title:  Lung Cancer Incidence in a Prospective Study of 1027 Current or Former Smokers Stratified by COPD and Followed for 10 Years

Marc Sze, BMLSc, MSc
UBC James Hogg Research Centre
Abstract Title:  The Role of Metallothionein 1J Pseudogene in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Yu-Wei Roy Chen, BSc, MLT
University of British Columbia
Abstract Title:  C-Reactive Protein and N-Terminal Prohormone of Brain Natriuretic Peptide as Blood Biomarkers for Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Sukhwinder Singh Sohal, PhD
University of Tasmania
Abstract Title:  Is Central Airway Inflammation Really a Feature of Mild-Moderate Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

Malik Quasir Mahmood, MD
University of Tasmania
Abstract Title:  Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition (EMT): Comparison of Large Versus Small Airways and Relation to Airflow Obstruction in Smokers

Andrew William Hitchings, MBBS BSc MRCP FHEA
St George's, University of London
Abstract Title:  Effects of Metformin on Clinical Recovery from Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): A Multi-Centre, Randomised, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial

Jie Jia, PhD
Helmholtz Zentrum München
Abstract Title:  Cigarette Smoke Exposure is a Risk Factor for the Development of Obstructive Bronchitis in ENaC Overexpressing Mouse

Ilona Keller, MSc
Helmholtz-Center Munich
Abstract Title:  Impaired Immunoproteasome Function in COPD

Ayedh Dhafer Al Ahmari, PhD
University College London
Abstract Title:  Determinants of the Reduction in Physical Activity and Capacity With COPD Exacerbations

Siobhan N. George, PhD
Imperial College London
Abstract Title:  Human Rhinovirus Infection and CAT Scores During COPD Exacerbations

Kylie Belchamber, PhD
Imperial College London
Abstract Title:  Comparison of Budesonide and Fluticasone Propionate on COPD Macrophage and Neutrophil Phagocytosis and Killing of Bacteria

Lydia J. Finney, MBBCh MRCP
National Heart and Lung Institute
Abstract Title:  Bacterial Load in Stable and Exacerbated COPD

Yang Gao, MD, MSc
McMaster University
Abstract Title:  Crucial Role of BAFF and B Cell/Macrophage Interaction in the Autoimmune-Like Response Induced by Chronic Exposure to Cigarette Smoke

Sarah Svenningsen, BMSc
Robarts Research Institute
Abstract Title:  Lung Clearance Index and Hyperpolarized 3He MRI Ventilation Heterogeneity Measurements in Non-CF Bronchiectasis and COPD

These Abstract Scholarship Awards have been funded by a generous donation from the National Emphysema Foundation, in Memory of Sreedhar Nair, MD, FACP, FCCP

Timothy Dougherty, BSc
University of Iowa
Abstract Title:  Total Pulmonary Vascular Volume and One Year Progression of CT-Assessed Emphysema in the SPIROMICS Cohort

Karin Klooster, RN
University Medical Center Groningen
Abstract Title:  Endobronchial Valve Treatment Versus Standard Medical Care in Patients with Emphysema Without Interlobar Collateral Ventilation (The STELVIO-Trial)

James Cosentino, DO
Temple University Hospital
Abstract Title:  Can Bronchodilator Responsiveness and Degree of Emphysema on HRCT Aide in Identifying Patients with Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome (ACOS)

David M. DiBardino, MD
Columbia University
Abstract Title:  Long Term Outcomes in the Post-National Emphysema Treatment Trial Era: Surgical vs. Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction

Jesse X. Yang, MD
Columbia University Medical Center
Abstract Title:  Cardiac Hemodynamics in COPD and Emphysema Estimated by Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Ju-Hee Park, MD
Seoul National University Hospital
Abstract Title:  Effect of Different Pulmonary Physiologic Manifestations on Acute Exacerbation in Patients with Combined Pulmonary Fibrosis and Emphysema

Bradley W Richmond, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Abstract Title:  Progressive Airway Remodeling and Emphysema Resulting from Secretory IgA Deficiency is Prevented by Roflumilast

Jee Youn Oh, MD
Korea university guro hospital
Abstract Title:  Predictors of Acute Exacerbation of Combined Pulmonary Fibrosis and Emphysema

Sayo Tsukamoto, MD
Tokyo Women's Medical University
Abstract Title:  Comparison of Clinical Characteristics of Combined Pulmonary Fibrosis and Emphysema (CPFE) and COPD

Naofumi Kameyama, MD
Keio University
Abstract Title:  Relationship Between Bisphosphonate Use and Annual Changes in Bone Mineral Density in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Smokers with Emphysema

Bassel Noumi, MD
The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education
Abstract Title:  A Case of 72-Year-Old Man with Isolated Pneumomediastinum and Subcutaneous Emphysema After Transbronchial Biopsy

Zeron Ghazarian, MD
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center
Abstract Title:  Subcutaneous Emphysema and Hypercarbia Following Laparoscopic Hysterectomy