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2018 ATS Abstract Scholarship Award Recipients

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

Natalia Braams, MD
VU University Medical Center
Abstract Title: Changes In Vascular Morphology After Pulmonary Endarterectomy (PEA) and Balloon Pulmonary Angioplasty (BPA) Assessed By Computed Tomography Pulmonary Angiography (CTPA)

Ketul R. Chaudhary, Bpharm, PhD
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Abstract Title: Spontaneous Mutation In Pituitary Tumor Transforming Gene-1 Contributes To Increased Susceptibility To Severe Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Induced By SU5416 In Rats

Zhiyu Dai, PhD
Northwestern University
Abstract Title: Endothelial and Smooth Muscle Cell Interaction Mediates Vascular Remodeling and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Yasaman Eslaamizaad, MD
University of South Alabama
Abstract Title: Caspase-1 Downregulates Circulating Amyloid-related Danger Molecules in Critically Ill Patients

Andrea Frump, MS, PhD
Indiana University School of Medicine
Abstract Title: 17β-Estradiol And Its Receptor ERα Protect Against Right Ventricular Vascular Loss In Experimental Pulmonary Hypertension

Angela Gibbs, MD
Providence St Vincent
Abstract Title: Effect of Single Lung Transplantation on Native Lung Pulmonary Vascular Remodeling in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Neil Michael Goldenberg, MD, PhD, FRCP(C)
The Hospital For Sick Children
Abstract Title: Therapeutic Targeting of High Mobility Group Box 1 in Pulmonary Hypertension

Alice Meade Goyanes, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Endostatin-ID1-Thrombospondin-1 Signaling Alters Endothelial Cell Survival and is Associated with Poor Clinical Outcomes in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Joanne Groeneveldt, MD
VU University Medical Center
Abstract Title: Wall Tension and not Hypoperfusion Mediates Neurohormonal Activation of the Right Ventricle in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Stephen James Halliday, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Abstract Title: PPAR Signaling Pathway Involved in CTEPH Pathogenesis

Yu Maw Htwe, MD
University of Illinois at Chicago
Abstract Title: Group V phospholipase A<sub>2</sub> (gVPLA<sub>2</sub>) mediates responses to methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA) in lung endothelium

Junghyun Kim, MD, PhD
University of Maryland
Abstract Title: Red Blood Cells Attenuate while Its Supernatant Aggravates Inflammatory Response of Pulmonary Artery Endothelial Cells

Valentina Mercurio, MD
Johns Hopkins University
Abstract Title: Cardiac Sympathetic Dysfunction in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Lesson from Left Sided Heart Failure

Akshay Muralidhar, MD
University of Colorado
Abstract Title: A Multi-harmonic Approach Towards Characterizing Right Ventricle - Pulmonary Artery Interaction

Nils Patrick Nickel, MD
Stanford Hospital and Clinics
Abstract Title: Low-grade Albuminuria in linked to Inflammation and is Associated with Poor Outcome in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Francois Potus, PhD
Queen's University
Abstract Title: Tet2 Deletion In Hematopoietic Cells Contributes To Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Development.

Jamil Santos Cade, BSc
University College London
Abstract Title: NKX2.5 Is Associated to Endothelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Sasiharan Sithamparanathan, MRCP(UK)
Institute of Transplantation  Freeman Hospital
Abstract Title: Skeletal Muscle Mitochondrial Oxidative Phosphorylation Function in Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension - Ex Vivo and In Vitro Study

Andrew Synn, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Abstract Title: Demographic and Clinical Risk Factors for Radiographic Pulmonary Vascular Pruning in the Framingham Heart Study

Anne Theilmann, BScH
Queen's University
Abstract Title: Sub-Haploinsufficiency of BMPR2 Causes a Shift in the Endothelial Proliferative and Metabolic Response to BMP9

Lian Tian, PhD
Queen's University
Abstract Title: Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Kinase-Mediated Mitochondrial Metabolism And Fission in Right Ventricular Fibroblasts Promote Right Ventricular Fibrosis in Experimental Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Victor Tseng, MD
University of Colorado, National Jewish Health
Abstract Title: Vascular Hyaluronan Remodeling and Regulation of Lung Hyaluronidases in Hypoxic Pulmonary Hypertension

Sarah B. Voth, BSc
University of South Alabama
Abstract Title: Nosocomial Lung Infection Induces a Pulmonogenic Prionopathy That Disrupts the Endothelial Barrier of the Brain

Peiran Yang, PhD
Brigham and Women's Hospital / Harvard Medical School
Abstract Title: ML290, an Allosteric Relaxin-RXFP1 Agonist, Attenuates Experimental Pulmonary Hypertension