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2015 ATS Abstract Scholarship Award Recipients

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

Benjamin D. Singer, MD
Johns Hopkins University
Abstract Title: Uhrf1 Deficiency Enhances Regulatory T Cells to Promote Resolution of Acute Lung Injury

Terri J. Harford, PhD
Cleveland Clinic Children's
Abstract Title: Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Induced Changes in TRPV1 Expression and Translocation

Ciara M. Shaver, MD, PhD
Vanderbilt Medical Center
Abstract Title: Intra-Tracheal Instillation of Cell-Free Hemoglobin Induces Acute Lung Injury in Mice

Pawan Sharma, PhD
Thomas Jefferson University
Abstract Title: Bitter Taste Receptor Agonists Induce Autophagy in Primary Human Airway Smooth Muscle Cells

Kara J. Mould, MD MPH
National Jewish Health
Abstract Title: Recruited Alveolar Macrophages Exhibit an Enhanced Metabolic Switch Following Acute Lung Injury Compared to Resident Macrophages

Sanghun Choi, PhD
University of Iowa
Abstract Title: Linking and Clustering Multiscale Structural and Functional Variables in Asthmatic Population

Richa Gupta, PhD
University Of North Carolina
Abstract Title: Intercellular Communication Between the Airway Epithelial Cells is Mediated by Exosomes Like Vesicles

Bhupal P. Bhetwal, PhD
Indiana University School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Rho Kinase Regulates Airway Smooth Muscle Contraction by Regulating Actin Polymerization but not Myosin Light Chain Phosphorylation

Alexandra McCubbrey, PhD
National Jewish Health
Abstract Title: Deletion of c-FLIP in Macrophages Protects Against Bleomycin Induced Lung Fibrosis

Maya Mikami, MD
Columbia University
Abstract Title: The Role of Actin Severing and Capping Protein Gelsolin in Airway Smooth Muscle Contraction, Relaxation and Airway Inflammation

Nikolay Moroz, MD
Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
Abstract Title: Epigenetic Control of Proteolytic Pathways in the Diaphragm During Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation

Katherine M. Lebold, MSc
Oregon Health and Science University
Abstract Title: Identification and Characterization of Novel Airway Nerve Populations and their Potential Roles in Respiratory Disease

Hyun-Kyoung Koo, MB BCh BAO
Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
Abstract Title: Micro-CT Analysis of Paraffin Embedded Lung Tissue: Is Small Airway Obstruction an Early Feature of COPD?

Jessie Huang, BS
Johns Hopkins University
Abstract Title: Functional Expression of the Olfactory Signaling System in Human Airway Smooth Muscle

Elizabeth Vogel, MD
Mayo Clinic
Abstract Title: Mechanical Stretch Induces Remodeling of Developing Human Airway Smooth Muscle

Aruni Jha, MPh
University of Manitoba
Abstract Title: Inhibition of Allergic Airway Hyperresponsiveness by Inhaled Simvastatin is Associated with Selective Suppression of Cathepsin Activity in the Lung

Dragos M. Vasilescu, PhD
University of British Columbia James Hogg Center
Abstract Title: Stereological Analysis of the Peripheral Lung Anatomy in Patients with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Using MDCT and micro-CT

Rodney D. Britt, PhD
Mayo Clinic
Abstract Title: Soluble Guanylate Cyclase Activators Reduce BDNF Secretion and Calcium Responses in Human Fetal Airway Smooth Muscle Exposed to Hyperoxia

Flavia Stana, MSc
Meakins-Christie Laboratories
Abstract Title: Differential Regulation of Autophagy and Proteasome Proteolytic Pathways in the Ventilatory and Limb Muscles in Response to Sepsis

Brijesh V. Patel, MBBS MRCP FRCA PhD
Imperial College London, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
Abstract Title: In Vivo Compartmental Labeling of the Mouse Lung

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

Tien M Truong, PhD Student
Virginia Commonwealth University
Abstract Title:  Novel Sulfated Dehydropolymer of Caffeic Acid: Its Hypoxia-Inducible Factor-1α (HIF1α)-Dependent Lung Repair Effects in Emphysema

Mamoru Sasaki, MD
Keio University
Abstract Title:  Cigarette Smoke-Induced Dynamic Changes in Bone Megtabolism and Structure Along Development of Pulmonary Emphysema in Mice

Thomas M Conlon, PhD
Helmholtz Zentrum München
Abstract Title:  L-Carnitine Supplementation Attenuates Elastase-Induced Emphysema Progression

John M. Craig, PhD
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Abstract Title:  A Comparative Analysis of BALB/c and C57BL/6 Mice Reveals a Critical Role for IL-17A in Dictating Strain-Specific Severity of Emphysema

Brett Marinelli, BA
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Abstract Title:  Automated CT-Based Characterization of Low Density Clusters in Emphysema to Assess Interventional Susceptibility

Rosana Banzato, PT
University São Paulo
Abstract Title:  Reduction in VAChT Levels Induced Pulmonary Inflammation in Experimental Model of Pulmonary Emphysema