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2019 ATS Abstract Scholarship Award Recipients

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

Aneel Bhagwani, MBBS
Virginia Commonwealth University
Abstract Title: Homeostatic Role for the P53-Dependent Toll-Like Receptor 3 Expression in the Pulmonary Endothelium

Elianna Bier, MS
Duke University
Abstract Title: 129Xenon MR Imaging and Spectroscopic Signatures to Differentiate Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension from Other Heart and Lung Disease

Athénaïs Boucly, MD
Hôpital Bicêtre
Abstract Title: Impact of Initial Triple Combination Therapy on Long-Term Survival in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)

Tomasz Brzoska, PhD, MPh
University of Pittsburgh
Abstract Title: Platelet αIIbβ3 Promotes Acute Pulmonary Thromboembolism

Sarvesh Chelvanambi, PhD
Indiana University
Abstract Title: HIV-Nef Protein Persists in Bronchoalveolar Lavage Derived Extracellular Vesicles of HIV Patients on ART and Induces EMAPII Amplified Endothelial Cell Apoptosis Resulting in Pulmonary Vascular Pathologies Like Pulmonary Hypertension

Mehdi Fini, MD
University of Colorado Denver
Abstract Title: Looking Outside of the Lung to Treat Pulmonary Hypertension Due to Left Heart Disease; Lessons from a Novel Humanized Model of HFpEF-PH

Jason Hong, MD
University of California, Los Angeles
Abstract Title: Lung Single-Cell Transcriptomics of Two Animal Models of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Reveals Vulnerable Cell Types and Pathways

Vanessa Jentgen, DVM
Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, University Hospital of Cologne
Abstract Title: Paclitaxel, a FoxO1 Activator Reverses IL-6 Mediated Perinatal Metabolic Programming of Lung Micro-Vessels and the Risk of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Ali Keshavarz, PharmD
Texsa Tech University Health Sciences Center
Abstract Title: Car, A Homing Peptide, Prolongs Pulmonary Preferential Vasodilation by Increasing Pulmonary Retention and Reducing Systemic Absorption of Liposomal Fasudil

Thomas Koudstaal, MD
Erasmus University Medical Centre
Abstract Title: Anti-IL-6 Treatment Ameliorates the Pulmonary Hypertension Phenotype in Tnfaip3DNGR1-KOMice

Michael Lee, MD
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Pathogenetic Role of Fatty Acid Oxidation in Human Lungs Affected by Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Nils Nickel, MD
Stanford Hospital and Clinics
Abstract Title: Retinal Vascular Tortuosity, a New Feature of Systemic Manifestation of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Junichi Omura, MD, PhD
Laval University
Abstract Title: Long Non-Coding RNA H19 in the Pathogenesis of Right Ventricular Failure Associated with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension -A Putative Novel Biomarker and Therapeutic Target-

Hao-Min Pan, MD, MHS
Hospital of the Univ of Penn
Abstract Title: Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue Is Associated with Presence of Pulmonary Hypertension in Advanced Lung Disease

Francois Potus, PhD
Queen's university
Abstract Title: DNMT3A and TET2 Mutations: Linking Genetics and Epigenetics in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Anandharajan Rathinasabapathy, PhD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Abstract Title: Loss of KCNK3 in Mice Drives Susceptibility to Inflammatory Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Yuanjun Shen, PhD
Univ of Pittsburgh Sch of Med
Abstract Title: Stiffness-Induced TSC2 Deficiency Promotes Vascular Smooth Muscle Remodeling and Pulmonary Hypertension Via Yap/mTOR Axis

Catherine Simpson, MD
Johns Hopkins
Abstract Title: Circulating Serum ST2 as a Biomarker of Disease Severity and Survival in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Xiaoqing Sun, MD
VU University Medical Center/Institute for Cardiovascular Research
Abstract Title: Inhibition of Monoamine Oxidase-A Reduces Pulmonary Vascular Remodeling in Experimentally Induced Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Victor Tseng, MD
Emory University
Abstract Title: Targeting Pathologic Hyaluronan Synthesis in Pulmonary Hypertension

Chanil Valasarajan, MSc
Max Planck Institute For Heart and Lung Research
Abstract Title: Targeting ADORA1/PDE10A Signalosome Regulated cAMP Microenvironment as a Novel Therapeutic Approach for Treating Pulmonary Hypertension

Mathews Varghese, PhD
University of Arizona
Abstract Title: Antioxidant Conjugated Peptide Attenuated Metabolic Reprogramming in Pulmonary Hypertension

Ke Yuan, PhD
Stanford University
Abstract Title: Pericytes Differentiate into Smooth Muscle Cells Through CXCL12 Activation in Hypoxia Induced PH