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2017 ATS Abstract Scholarship Award Recipients

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

Thomas H. Acciani, PhD
Abstract Title: IL-4/13 Activated Pericytes License the Recruitment of Eosinophils and Inflammatory Monocytes in Allergic Airway Inflammation

Adel R. El Boueiz, MD
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Abstract Title: Integrative Analysis Identifies Candidate Causal Genes of Emphysema Distribution in Non-Alpha 1-Antitrypsin Deficient Smokers

Stephen Chiu, MD
Northwestern University
Abstract Title: Donor-Derived Pulmonary Intravascular Non-Classical Monocytes Retained in Donor Lungs Recruit Recipient Neutrophils and Mediate Primary Lung Allograft Dysfunction

Aleksandra Leligdowicz, MD, DPhil
University of Toronto
Abstract Title: Markers of Endothelial Injury and Immune Activation Effectively Risk-Stratify Acute Febrile Syndromes in African Children

Kedir Turi, PhD
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Identification of Two Novel Acute Respiratory Illness Cytokine-Response Subgroups Associated with Wheezing Phenotype

Qin Li, MD, PhD
Yale University
Abstract Title: Dysregulated Expression of B-Cell Genes Is Associated with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Severity and Lung Fibrosis Susceptibility in Mice

Mingyuan Han, PhD
University of Michigan
Abstract Title: The Innate Cytokines IL-25, IL-33 and TSLP Cooperate in the Induction of ILC2 Gene Expression and Mucous Metaplasia in RV-Infected Immature Mice

David N. O'Dwyer, BM BCH, BMedSci, PhD
University of Michigan
Abstract Title: Lung Microbiome Disruption in a Murine Model of Post-Bone Marrow Transplant Pulmonary Fibrosis

Emily Nakada, PhD
University of Vermont
Abstract Title: The Unfolded Protein Response Is an Essential Regulator of Airway Inflammatory Responses in a Murine Model of Allergic Asthma

Cecilia Andersson, PhD
Airway Inflammation
Abstract Title: Lower Respiratory Tract Viral Infections in Children Cause infiltration of Mast Cells in to the Alveolar Parenchyma - Role in Asthma Development?

Cameron H. Flayer, BSc.
University of California, Davis
Abstract Title: Surfactant Protein-D Regulates the Inflammatory Response and Modulates the Transcription Factor Profile of Group 2 Innate Lymphoid Cells in the Lung After Ozone Inhalation

Prashant Rai, PhD
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Abstract Title: Deletion of the Immunity-Related GTPase Irgm1 Induces a Cell-Autonomous Interferon Response

Katharine Lodge, MB BCh, MRCP(UK)
University of Cambridge
Abstract Title: Hypoxia Upregulates PI3Kinase-Dependent Neutrophil Degranulation and Neutrophil-Mediated Tissue Injury

Emma K. Allen, PhD
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Abstract Title: SNP-Mediated Disruption of CTCF Binding at the IFITM3 Promoter Is Associated with Severe Influenza Risk in Humans

Martin Knolle, PhD, MRCP(UK), MBChB, MA
University of Cambridge
Abstract Title: Regulation of Type 2 Innate Lymphoid Cells by microRNA-155

Malcolm R. Starkey, PhD
The University of Newcastle
Abstract Title: Interleukin-13 Predisposes to More Severe Influenza Infection in Mice and Human Epithelial Cells by Suppressing Interferon Responses and Activating the MicroRNA-21/PI3K Signaling Pathway

Kathryn R. Michels, BSc
University of Virginia
Abstract Title: Hepcidin-Mediated Iron Sequestration Is Required for Host Defense Against Gram-Negative Pneumonia

Arielle M. Mulenos, BA
Yale University School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Novel Role of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor in Macrophages

Amarjit Mishra, PhD, DVM, MS
Laboratory of Asthma and Lung Inflammation, NHLBI,NIH
Abstract Title: LDL-Receptor Related Protein-1 Attenuates House Dust Mite-Induced Airway Inflammation by Suppressing Dendritic Cell-Mediated Adaptive Immune Responses

Jeong H. Yun, MD, MPH
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Abstract Title: Eosinophilic Inflammation in COPD Is Associated with Increased Exacerbations and Unique Blood Transcriptomic Signatures

Margarida Maria T. C. C. E. Castro, MD
Lisbon Medical School
Abstract Title: YKL-40 as a Biomarker of Airway Disease in Severe Asthma

Bassam T. Choudhry, MD, MPH
University of Miami
Abstract Title: MicroRNA Profiling of Sarcoidosis with Pulmonary Fibrosis in African Americans (A Proof of Concept Study)

Rana Kanaan, MD
Medical University of South Carolina
Abstract Title: Bronchial Thermoplasty is Effective and Relatively Safe in High Risk Asthma Patients

Landon W. Locke, PhD
The Ohio State Universtiy
Abstract Title: Alternatively Activated (M2) Macrophage Polarization and the Sarcoidosis Immune Paradox

Huram Mok, MD
University of Michigan
Abstract Title: Active Smoking Is Associated with Decreased CD4+ T Cells in Bronchoalveolar Lavage: SPIROMICS Immunophenotyping Sub-Study

Stéphane Mouraux, MD
Abstract Title: Airway Microbiota Signals Anabolic and Catabolic Remodeling in the Transplanted Lung

Sebastian A. Riquelme, PhD, MSc
Columbia University
Abstract Title: Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator Channel (CFTR) Controls Phosphatase and Tensin Homolog (PTEN)-Dependent Immunity: A Role in Cystic Fibrosis Pathology

These Abstract Scholarship Awards have been funded by a generous donation from ATS Public Advisory Roundtable member -  Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research

Caroline E. Broos, MD
Erasmus MC
Abstract Title: Increased CCR6+ Th17-Lineage Subset Polarization in Sarcoidosis Mediastinal Lymph Nodes

Milica Vukmirovic, PhD
Yale University School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Race Distinct Gene Expression Patterns in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells and Bronchoalveolar Lavage Cells of Sarcoidosis Subjects

Ylva A. Kaiser, MSc
Karolinska Institutet
Abstract Title: Multi-Parameter Mass Cytometry Analysis of Lung CD4+ T Cells in Sarcoidosis Identifies Diverse Immune Pathways in Lofgren's Syndrome and Non-LS