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2019 ATS Abstract Scholarship Award Recipients

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

Christopher Berger, MD
University of California, San Francisco
Abstract Title: Frequency of Herero-Resistance to First- and Second-Line Anti-Tuberculosis (TB) Drugs in a Population-Based Sample of Drug-Resistant TB Patients

Stuti Agarwal, PhD
University of Kansas Medical Center
Abstract Title: HIV Infected- Cocaine Treated Macrophage-Derived Extracellular Vesicles Augment Vascular Remodeling in HIV-Tg Rats

Emad Arafa, DDS, MA
Boston University
Abstract Title: Dynamic Alveolar Macrophages Responses to Pneumococcal Pneumonia

Joseph Carpenito, BS
NYU School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Microbial Short Chain Fatty Acids Impair Mycobacterium Avium (MAC) Clearance by Alveolar Macrophages

Nicolas Chamberlain, BS
University of Vermont
Abstract Title: Lung Epithelial PDIA3 Plays a Critical Role in Influenza infection

Bhagath Chirra, MPH
Texas A&M University Health Science Center
Abstract Title: Antimicrobial Efficacy and Targeted Nanoparticle Delivery of Silver Ibuprofen to Treat Multi-Drug Resistant Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Pathogens

Brendan Franca, BA
NYU School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Induction of Lower Airway Dysbiosis with Oral Commensals Leads to a Time-Dependent and Persistent Th17 Inflammatory Profile in the Lower Airways of Mice Independent of Cage Effect

Naoki Iwanaga, MD, PhD
Tulane University School of Medicine
Abstract Title: The Development of Klebsiella Pneumoniae Vaccine Strategy via Eliciting the Serotype-Independent Immunity in the Lung

Amit Kaushik, PhD - Doctor in Philosophy
Johns Hopkins University
Abstract Title: In Vitro Activity of New Tetracycline Analogues Eravacycline and Omadacycline Against Drug-Resistant Mycobacterium Abscessus Clinical Isolates

Daniel Kotok, MD
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center McKeesport
Abstract Title: Plasma Beta-D-Glucan Levels Are Associated with Host Inflammation and Injury and Clinical Outcomes in Mechanically-Ventilated Adult Patients

Micheál Mac Aogáin, BSc, PhD
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University
Abstract Title: "Integrative Microbiomics" Through Similarity Network Fusion Identifies Clinically Relevant Bronchiectasis Phenotypes

Yasushi Murakami, MD
Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Severe and Prolonged Lymphopenia Are Associated with Poor Outcome in Patients with Postoperative Pneumonia

Masayuki Nakajima, MD
Abstract Title: Role of PD-1 Pathway in Pulmonary MAC Infection Using Mice Model

Ho Namkoong, MD, PhD
Abstract Title: Genome-Wide Association Study in Patients with Pulmonary Mycobacterium Avium Complex Disease

Camus Nimmo, MBBS, MA
University College London
Abstract Title: Genetic Heteroresistance and Associated Phenotypic Resistance in Patients Newly Diagnosed with Drug Resistant-Tuberculosis in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Jezreel Pantaleon-Garcia, MD
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Abstract Title: Synergistic Gene and Protein Expression Analyses Reveal Roles of NFkB and JUN in Inducible Epithelial Resistance Against Infection

Kelly Pennington, MD
Mayo Clinic
Abstract Title: Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes of Patients Undergoing Anti-Mycobacterial Therapy versus No Anti- Mycobacterial Therapy for Mycobacterium Avium Complex Pulmonary Disease

Zohra Prasla, MD
Emory University
Abstract Title: Inflammatory Response Induced by Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Is Associated with Altered Cell Energy Metabolism in Macrophages

Sarath Raju, MD, MPH
Johns Hopkins University
Abstract Title: The Association of Lung Function with Acute Care Events and HIV Related Quality of Life in a High-Risk AIDS Cohort

Sarah Siegel, MPH
Oregon Health and Science University
Abstract Title: Open-Label Trial of Amikacin Liposome Inhalation Suspension in M. Abscessus Lung Disease

Susanna Trost, BS
Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
Abstract Title: Higher Interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) Antigen Responses Among US Adults with Pre-Diabetes and Latent Tuberculosis Infection: Findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2011-2012

Spencer Whealon, DO
Lankenau Medical Center
Abstract Title: Bronchoscopic Detection of Aspiration in Patients with Mycobacterium Avium Complex Pulmonary Infection

Julia ShunWei Yang, MSc
Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, St. Paul's Hospital, University of British Columbia
Abstract Title: Investigation of Microbial Communities in the Gut-Lung Axis of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Donors

These Abstract Scholarship has been funded by a generous donation from ATS Public Advisory Roundtable member - Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Information and Research Inc (NTMir)

Imran Sulaiman, MD
New York University School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Lower Airway Colonisation with Oral Commensals Is Associated with Non-Tuberculosis Mycobacterium Related Bronchiectasis

Ahmad Zaheen, MD, MSc
University of Toronto and Toronto Western Hospital
Abstract Title: Comparing Treatment and Outcomes Between Mycobacterium Xenopi and Mycobacterium Avium Complex Patients with Nodular Bronchiectatic and Fibrocavitary Radiologic Patterns