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2015 ATS Abstract Scholarship Award Recipients

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

Muzo Wu, MD, MS
Harvard University
Abstract Title: Sulforaphane Increases Scavenger Receptor MARCO Expression and Host Survival in a Model of Post-Influenza Bacterial Pneumonia

Derrick Samuelson, PhD
Louisiana State University Health Science Center
Abstract Title: Oral Vaccination for the Prevention of Pneumocystis Pneumonia

Kenneth K. Sakata, MD
Mayo Clinic Arizona
Abstract Title: Comparison of the Yield of FilmArray Respiratory Panel on Nasopharyngeal Swab vs. Bronchoalveolar Lavage Samples

Keira A. Cohen, MD
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Abstract Title: Molecular Antecedents and Timing of XDR Emergence Revealed by Whole Genome Sequencing of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Krishna P. Reddy, MD
Harvard Medical School
Abstract Title: Negative Upper Respiratory Tract Influenza Tests Predict Worse Outcomes Among Critically Ill Patients with Influenza Infection

Maha Reda Farhat, CM, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Abstract Title: Large Scale Sequencing of Genetic Determinants of Drug Resistance in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis: Implications for Diagnostic Design

Benjamin Wu, MD
New York University School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Mouse Model Approach for Sampling of the Lung Microbiome

Nicholas de la Rua, MS
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Abstract Title: Assessing the Role of CD4 T-Cells in the Secondary Response to Pneumocystis Murina

Engi Attia, MD
University of Washington
Abstract Title: Radiographic Findings Associated with Low Lung Diffusing Capacity in HIV-Infected Individuals

Ritwij Kulkarni, MSc., PhD
Louisiana State University
Abstract Title: Cigarette Smoke Augments the Virulence of Staphylococcus aureus by Facilitating Evasion of the Host Innate Immune Responses

Vijayalakshmi Nandakumar, PhD
Mayo Clinic
Abstract Title: Immune Modulation of Macrophage Polarization Alleviates the Immunopathogenesis that Occurs During Pulmonary Pneumocystis Pneumonia

Carl Koch, MD
University of Pittsburgh
Abstract Title: Changes in the Oral Microbiome of HIV-Infected Individuals May Alter Nitrogen Metabolism and the Enterosalivary Circulation of Nitrate

Laura E. Gleeson, MB
St James's Hospital / Trinity College Dublin
Abstract Title: Human Alveolar Macrophages Adopt Aerobic Glycolysis to Control Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection

Michael J. Cox, PhD
Imperiaal College London
Abstract Title: Longitudinal Analysis of the Non-Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis Microbiome

Stella Xu, BSc
St. Paul's Hospital
Abstract Title: Shortened Absolute Leukocyte Telomere Length: Biomarker of Accelerated Cellular Senescence with HIV-Associated Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Dan Wootton, MBChB
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Abstract Title: The Genus Haemophilus was Dominant in a Cohort with Community Acquired Pneumonia and Low Species Diversity was Related to Age and Prior Pulmonary Disease

Guillermo Suarez-Cuartin, MD
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
Abstract Title: Role of Secreted Mucins on Airway Bacterial Colonization in Non-Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis

Byeong-Ho Jeong, MD
Samsung Medical Center
Abstract Title: The Association Between the Peak Plasma Azithromycin Concentration and the Microbiological Response in the Treatment of Mycobacterium Avium Complex Lung Disease with Azithromycin-Based Antibiotic Therapy

Takanori Asakura, MD
Keio University School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Health-Related Quality of Life in 235 Patients with Mycobacterium avium Complex Lung Disease in Japan

Bijan Ghassemieh, MD
University of Washington
Abstract Title: Frequency and Predictors of Discordant Tuberculin Skin Test and QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube Test Results in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)