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2017 ATS Abstract Scholarship Award Recipients

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

Jonathan R. Gower, MD
University of California San Diego
Abstract Title: Monoclonal Antibody Inhibition of the NOTCH3 Signaling Pathway Effectively Reverses Pulmonary Hypertension in Rodent Models of Disease

Thomas Koudstaal, MD, MSc
Erasmus MC
Abstract Title: Activated Conventional Dendritic Cells as Drivers in the Pathophysiology of Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (IPAH)?

Valentina Mercurio, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Improved Right Ventricular Chamber Size and Contractility After Upfront Combination Therapy with Ambrisentan and Tadalfil in Scleroderma-Associated Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Nathaniel Bloodworth, BSc
Vanderbilt University
Abstract Title: Antagonism of the Serotonin 2B Receptor Prevents Pathologic Remodeling and Recruitment of Bone Marrow Derived Proangiogenic Cells to the Pulmonary Vasculature in a Mouse Model of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Ji Young Lee, MD
University of South Alabama
Abstract Title: Single Cell Clonogenic Assays Reveal Heterogeneity Among the Parent Cell Population, and Enable Isolation of Highly Representative Cells with Parental Characteristics

David F. Meoli, MD, PhD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Abstract Title: Genetic and Molecular Differences Between Combined and Isolated Post-Capillary Pulmonary Hypertension

Philipp Douschan, MD
Medical University of Graz
Abstract Title: Exercise Hemodynamics in the Screening for Pulmonary Vascular Disease in Patients with Portal Hypertension - Results from a Prospective Cross-Sectional Study

Benoit Ranchoux, PhD
Abstract Title: Metabolic Syndrome and Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction: A New Model of Pulmonary Hypertension Associated with Left Heart Disease

Erin M. Stewart, MD, MSc
Stanford Hospitals and Clinics
Abstract Title: Uncovering a Link Between Prescription Amphetamine-Based Stimulants and Pulmonary Hypertension - Data from a Northern California Multi-Specialty, Mixed Payer, Health Care System

Andrea Frump, PhD
Indiana University School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Estrogen Receptor-Dependent Attenuation of Hypoxia-Induced Changes in the Bone Morphogenetic Protein Pathway of Pulmonary Hypertensive Rats

Mwelwa Chizinga, MD
Yale New Haven Hospital
Abstract Title: Prevalence of Pulmonary Hypertension in a Large Cohort of Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Patients

Olga Tura-Ceide, PhD
Servei de Pneumologia. Hospital Clínic-IDIBAPS. University of Barcelona. Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Enfermedades Respiratorias, Spain.
Abstract Title: Dysfunctional Endothelial Cells in Patients with Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension

Ke Yuan, PhD
Stanford University
Abstract Title: Loss of Wnt5a Disrupts Endothelial-Pericyte Interactions in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

David Furfaro, MD
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Abstract Title: Discordance Between Imaging Modalities in the Evaluation of Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension: A Single Center Experience

Christian Gerges, MD
Medical University of Vienna
Abstract Title: Effect of Balloon Pulmonary Angioplasty on Right Ventricular Afterload in Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension

Arun Jose, MD
George Washington University Hospital
Abstract Title: The Left and Right Ventricular End Diastolic Pressure Ratio as a Novel Marker of Disease Severity in a Cohort of Patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Marcello Masciantonio, BSc
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Western University
Abstract Title: The Metalloproteinase-Dependent Role of TIMPs in Regulation of Pulmonary Microvascular Endothelial Cell Barrier Function During Sepsis

Kaori Oshima, PhD
Anschutz Medical Campus/University of Colorado
Abstract Title: Pulmonary Endothelial Glycocalyx Remodeling Potentially Contributes to the Post-Septic Compensatory Anti-Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CARS)

Stephen J. Halliday, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Abstract Title: Cardiac Gene Polymorphisms Are Associated with Favorable Prostacyclin Response in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Aleksandra Babicheva, PhD
University of Arizona
Abstract Title: PHD2 Mediates Endothelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition in Lung Microvascular Endothelial Cells from Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Rebecca R. Vanderpool, BS, MS, PhD
University of Arizona
Abstract Title: Resting Right Ventricular Diastolic Function and Pulmonary Arterial Compliance Associate with Right Ventricular Contractile Reserve in Patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Ananda Chowdhury, MD
Cleveland Clinic
Abstract Title: Accuracy of Accelerometer (Fitbit® ChargeHR?) Measured Distance and Heart Rate in Patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Yaniv Dotan, MD, PhD
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Abstract Title: Pulmonary Vascular Histopathology in Explanted End-Stage Parenchymal Lung Disease