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2014 ATS Abstract Scholarship Award Recipients

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

Dustin R. Fraidenburg, MD
University of Illinois at Chicago
Abstract Title: Lung Inflammation Downregulates TRPC Expression And Impairs Hypoxic Pulmonary Vasoconstriction By Activating The Calcineurin/NFAT Signaling Pathway

Neil Goldenberg, MD, PhD
University of Toronto
Abstract Title: TRPV4 Channel Activity Is Required For Hypoxic Pulmonary Vasoconstriction

Tianji Chen, PhD
College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago
Abstract Title: SMC-Specific Knockout Of MicroRNA-17~92 Inhibits Hypoxia-Induced Pulmonary Hypertension In Mice

Pia Trip, MD
VU University Medical Center
Abstract Title: Coupling Of Right Ventricular Systolic Function With Diastolic And Arterial Elastance In Patients With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Ke Yuan, PhD
Stanford University
Abstract Title: Loss Of Wnt/ROR2 Signaling Is Associated With Reduced Pericyte Recruitment And Impaired Pulmonary Angiogenesis In Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Ketul R. Chaudhary, BPharm, PhD
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Abstract Title: Effect Of Bone Marrow-Derived Syngeneic Late Outgrowth Endothelial Progenitor Cells In Pulmonary Hypertension

Jarrod W. Barnes, PhD
Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research
Abstract Title: Increased Glucose Uptake Regulates BMP Signaling By Two Distinct Mechanisms

Konstantinos Sdrimas, MD
Childrens Hospital Boston/Harvard medical school
Abstract Title: Microvesicles Secreted By Human Umbilical Cord MSCs Suppress Hypoxia-Induced Lung Inflammation And Promote Vascular Homeostasis

Emanuele Cotroneo, PhD
Imperial College
Abstract Title: Pulmonary Vascular Remodelling In The Chronic Iron-Deficient Rat

Stefania Lenna, PhD
Boston University School of Medicine
Abstract Title: HLA-B35 Allele Contributes To Upregulation Of Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Markers And Interleukin-6 In Patients With Limited Cutaneous Systemic Sclerosis And Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Heather M. Kling, PhD
University of Pittsburgh
Abstract Title: Chronic Immune Activation Is Associated With Development Of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension In A Non-human Primate Model Of HIV-Infection

Alicia N. Rizzo, BA
University of Illinois at Chicago
Abstract Title: Imatinib Inhibits LPS-Induced Endothelial Dysfunction And Acute Lung Injury

Daniel L. Fox, MD
University of Colorado
Abstract Title: Right Ventricular Strain Measured By Transthoracic Echocardiography Is Useful In Outcome Prediction And Monitoring Of Disease Progression In Scleroderma-Associated Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Nona Yunzhu Mei, MD
University of Southern Califronia
Abstract Title: Factors Associated With Pulmonary Hypertension Out Of Proportion To Lung Disease In Patients Listed For Lung Transplant

Hui Zhang, PhD
University of Colorado Denver
Abstract Title: miR-124 Regulates The Pro-Inflammatory Phenotype Of Pulmonary Hypertensive Fibroblasts

Jessica Farmer, BSc
Abstract Title: Integrin Alpha V Beta 5 Mediated Stress Fiber Formation: The Novel Candidate VASP


Sébastien Joël Dumas, MSc
Centre Chirurgical Marie Lannelongue
Abstract Title: NMDA-type Glutamate Receptor Contributes To The Development Of Pulmonary Hypertension: Evidence For A Deregulated Glutamatergic Communication Between Pulmonary Vascular Cells

Ningyong Xu, BS
University of South Alabama
Abstract Title: TRPC4 Suppresses Sodium Permeation Through Store-Operated Calcium Entry Channels In Pulmonary Artery Endothelium

Anandharajan Rathinasabapathy, MS
University of Florida
Abstract Title: Beneficial role of secretions of Adipose Derived Stem Cells in improving ventricular dynamics, cardiac remodeling, and inflammatory stress associated with Pulmonary Hypertension

Melissa B. Leedy, MD
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Alternative Splicing Of The BMPR2 Gene Contributes To Disease Penetrance In A Large Family With Heritable Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

This Abstract Scholarship Award has been provided by ATS Public Advisory Roundtable member - Pulmonary Hypertension Association

Andrew J. Bryant, MD
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Endothelial Specific Inhibition Of Hypoxia-Inducible Factor (HIF) Blocks Development Of Secondary Pulmonary Hypertension