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2020 Research Grant Recipients

The American Thoracic Society is pleased to announce the grant and award recipients for the 2020 grant cycle. The support of our members, donors, and partners make these awards possible—thank you!

Partner Grants

The ATS Research Program partners with other nonprofit organizations and pharmaceutical companies to maximize the number of grants we can support. The ATS reviews all grants and assumes all costs associated with administrating the grants.
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Sivasubramanium Bhavani, MD, MS

Sivasubramanium Bhavani, MD, MS
Emory University
ATS/GSK Research Grant in COVID-19 - $50,000
Identification of Novel COVID-19 Subphenotypes Using Temperature Trajectories

Jessica B. Blackburn, PhD

Jessica B. Blackburn, PhD
Vanderbilt University
ATS/GSK Research Grant in Obstructive Lung Disease - $100,000
The role of YAP/TAZ activation and altered cell-cell contact in COPD epithelial remodeling

Brian E. Cade, PhD, MS

Brian E. Cade, PhD, MS
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
ATS/ATS Public Advisory Roundtable (PAR) Research Grant - $40,000
Pulmonary disease contributions to COVID-19 morbidity and mortality

Laurie C. Eldredge, PhD

Laurie C. Eldredge, PhD
University of Washington / Seattle Children's Hospital
ATS/American Lung Association Research Grant - $100,000
Airway epithelial cell regulation of amphiregulin and extracellular matrix in BPD

Syed Saif Hasan PhD, MSc

Syed Saif Hasan PhD, MSc
University of Maryland Baltimore
ATS/GSK Research Grant in COVID-19 - $50,000
Molecular Lipidomics of a Therapeutic Target in Coronavirus Assembly

Peter Jackson, MD

Peter Jackson, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University
ATS/CHEST Foundation Research Grant in COVID-19 and Diversity - $25,000
The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Tuberculosis Care in Uganda

Michael G. Lester, MD

Michael G. Lester, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
ATS/4DMedical Research Grant in COPD using X-ray Velocimetry (XV) Lung Ventilation Analysis Software (LVAS) - $50,000
XV LVAS to Investigate Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction Valve Targeting

Neelima Navuluri, MD

Neelima Navuluri, MD
Duke University
ATS/Mallinckrodt Research Grant on COVID-19 in Underrepresented Minorities - $50,000
Prospective Study of Racial Disparities in Pulmonary and QOL Outcomes among COVID-19 Survivors

Anthony Shum, MD

Anthony Shum, MD
University of California, San Francisco
ATS/chILD Foundation Research Grant - $80,000
Defining the pathogenesis of childhood ILD in COPA syndrome

Thomas S. Valley, MD

Thomas S. Valley, MD
University of Michigan
ATS/CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Diversity - $80,000
Understanding Differences in Delivery of Care Processes for Respiratory Failure by Race/Ethnicity

Deborah R. Winter, PhD

Deborah R. Winter, PhD
Northwestern University
ATS/Mallinckrodt Research Grant in Sarcoidosis - $50,000
Targeting Macrophage Subpopulations in Sarcoidosis

Jarod A. Zepp, PhD

Jarod A. Zepp, PhD
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania
ATS/Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome Network Research Grant - $80,000
Fibroblast degeneration in HPS

William Z. Zhang, MD

William Z. Zhang, MD
Weill Cornell Medicine
ATS/CSL Behring Research Award in
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) - $50,000

Hyperferritinemia in COVID-19 ARDS: Friend or Foe?

ATS Nursing Research Award - $45,000

The ATS Nursing Award is the first research award specifically for nurses. It provides support for licensed, register nurses who have completed a PhD and have research interests in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. This award was made possible through a generous donation from Leslie A. Hoffman, PhD. 

Deena K. Costa, PhD, RN 

Deena K. Costa, PhD, RN 
2020 ATS Nursing Research Award
University of Michigan 
Examining optimal ICU team composition in adult critical care units: A mixed methods study

Rebeca L. Figueira, PhD, RN 

Rebeca L. Figueira, PhD, RN 
2020 ATS Nursing Research Award
The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto)
A new therapy for pulmonary hypertension in babies with congenital diaphragmatic hernia

ATS Diversity Grant - $40,000

The ATS is committed to supporting diversity in the next generation of researchers and clinicians. This award recognizes an outstanding young investigator from underrepresented minority groups that has research interests in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.

Nandita R. Nadig, MD

Nandita R. Nadig, MD
Medical University of South Carolina
ATS Diversity Grant
Inter-ICU Transfer Telehealth Tool (IITT)-Family Centered Care through Telehealth

ATS Unrestricted Research Grants - $40,000

The ATS funds unrestricted research grants representing the three pillars of the American Thoracic Society: pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. Awards span basic, clinical, and translational research in adult and pediatric medicine. Applicants consider how their research will provide novel approaches to challenging lung diseases, foster health care equality, and improve patient outcomes.

Qian Chen, PhD

Qian Chen, PhD
University of Illinois at Chicago
ATS Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Angiocrine sphingosine-1-phosphate regulation of alveolar epithelial repair following lung injury

Sarah E. Clark, PhD

Sarah E. Clark, PhD
University of Colorado School of Medicine
ATS Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Protective immune priming by commensal bacteria in the respiratory tract

Bria M. Coates, MD

Bria M. Coates, MD
Northwestern University
ATS Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Using the Nasal Transciptome to Define COVID-19 Susceptibility in Children and Adults

Soula Danopoulos, PhD, MS

Soula Danopoulos, PhD, MS
Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
ATS Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Type I IFN signaling during lung development in Down Syndrome

Joseph A. Hippensteel, MD, MS

Joseph A. Hippensteel, MD, MS
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
ATS Unrestricted Grant: Critical Care
The contribution of endothelial glycocalyx-derived chondroitin sulfate to septic delirium.

Rachel Jen, MD, MASc

Rachel Jen, MD, MASc
Vancouver General Hospital
ATS Unrestricted Grant: Sleep
Pilot study of antioxidant therapy in OSA patients

Vern E. Kerchberger, MD

Vern E. Kerchberger, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
ATS Unrestricted Grant: Critical Care
Host genetic determinants of acute respiratory failure during viral infection

Peng Li, PhD

Peng Li, PhD
University of Michigan
ATS Unrestricted Grant: Sleep
Regulation of sighs and post-sigh apneas by sleep-wake states

Jenna N. McNeill, MD

Jenna N. McNeill, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
ATS Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Immune-Mediated Cardiopulmonary Dysfunction in Women with HIV on Antiretroviral Therapy

Mark E. Snyder, MD

Mark E. Snyder, MD
University of Pittsburgh
ATS Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Impact of short telomere length on T cell diversity and alloreactive potential after lung transplant

Karthik Suresh

Karthik Suresh, MD
Johns Hopkins University
ATS Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Checkpoint inhibitor pneumonitis: mechanisms of injury


The 2021 ATS Research Program grant cycle opens in June.
You can learn more about applying to the program here.

 

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