Announcing the 2018 CHEST Foundation Grant Recipients

July 10, 2018 by Vanessa Claude

The CHEST Foundation champions lung health through clinical research and community service grants. Since 1996, we’ve provided over $10 million in funding for clinical research and community service around the world. At CHEST 2018, we’ll recognize the winners of nearly a half-million dollars in research and community service grants that advance lung health. The winners listed below exhibited exemplary partnerships with their sponsoring institution; rigorous metrics to track their project’s progress; and innovative, novel approaches to addressing their research topic. We are excited to announce this year’s grant recipients!

2018 Distinguished Scholar

Robert Hyzy, MD, FCCP
University Hospital – Ann Arbor, MI
Eli Lilly and Company Distinguished Scholar in Critical Care Medicine
Grant Title: The Use of Electrical Impedance Tomography to Assess Mechanical Ventilation in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

This grant is possible due to philanthropic support from Eli Lilly and Company.

2018 Research Grantees

Anna Volermann, MD
University of Chicago – Chicago, IL
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Severe Asthma
Grant Title: A Randomized Clinical Trial Evaluating the Effectiveness of Virtual Teach-to-Goal(TM) Education versus Brief Intervention for Children with Severe Asthma

This grant is supported by AstraZeneca LP.

William Zhang, MD
New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medicine– New York, NY
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Grant Title: Pulmonary Iron Overload as a Novel COPD Endotype

This grant is supported by AstraZeneca LP and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Jacob Brenner, MD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Grant Title: Ambulatory cuirass ventilation for relief of exertional dyspnea in severe COPD patients

This grant is supported by AstraZeneca LP and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Don Sanders, MD, MSc
Indiana University School of Medicine
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Cystic Fibrosis
Grant Title: Whole-genome shotgun sequencing of oropharyngeal swabs in infants with CF

This grant is supported by Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated.

Samira Shojaee, MD, FCCP
Virginia Commonwealth University – Richmond, VA
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in in Lung Cancer
Grant Title: Extracellular Vesicle miRNA as a Biomarker in Malignant Pleural Effusion

This grant is supported in full by the CHEST Foundation.

Imran Sulaiman MD, PH.D
NYU Langone Health Center – New York, NY
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Diseases
Grant Title: Lower Airway Microbiota Signatures associated with impaired immune response in Non-Tuberculous Mycobacterium

This grant is supported by Insmed.

Monica Mukherjee, MD, MPH
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine – Baltimore, MA
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Grant Title: Exercise Provocation in the Noninvasive Detection of Occult Right Ventricular Dysfunction and Emerging Pulmonary Hypertension in Systemic Sclerosis

This grant is supported in full by the CHEST Foundation.

Justin Oldham, MD
The University of California at Davis – Davis, CA
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Pulmonary Fibrosis
Grant Title: Plasma Biomarkers to Predict Outcomes and Treatment Response in Patients with Pulmonary Fibrosis

This grant is supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and Genentech, Inc.

Ayodeji Adegunsoye, MD, MS
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Pulmonary Fibrosis
Grant Title: Impact of Telomere Length on Pulmonary Fibrosis Clusters across Diverse Racial Cohorts

This grant is supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and Genentech, Inc.

Tim Morris MD, FCCP
University of California, San Diego – School of Medicine
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Venous Thromboembolism
Grant Title: Long-Term Follow-up of Acute Pulmonary Embolism

This grant is supported in full by the CHEST Foundation.

Margaret Bublitz, PhD
Women’s Medicine Collaborative, The Miriam Hospital – Providence, RI
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Women’s Lung Health
Grant Title: Sex as a Predictor of Sleep Disordered Breathing and Its Consequences in Pregnancy

This grant is supported in full by the CHEST Foundation.

2018 Community Service Grantees

Deborah Haisch, MD
Columbia University Medical Center – New York, NY
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Grant Title: East African Training Initiative in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Philip Sheridan, MD
Mobile Care Chicago – Chicago, IL
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Grant Title: Home Environment Education for Children with Asthma

Pamela Garrett, CCRN, MN
Gwinnett Medical Center – Lawrenceville, GA
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Grant Title: Breathe Better Gwinnett

These grants are supported by the CHEST Foundation.


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