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Announcing the 2017 CHEST Foundation Grant Recipients

July 14, 2017

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, with a reach that spans from Texas to Tanzania. At CHEST 2017, we’ll recognize the winners of nearly a half-million dollars in research and community service grants that advance lung health. The 2017 grant cycle was incredibly competitive with more than 100 applications for funding. 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!

Congratulations to All of Our 2017 Grant Winners

2017 Distinguished Scholar

Richard Wunderink, MD, FCCP
Northwestern University – Evanston, Illinois
GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Scholar in Respiratory Health
Grant Title: Etiology of Culture-Negative Severe CAP

This grant is possible due to philanthropic support from GlaxoSmithKline.

2017 Research Grantees

Diana Crossley, MBChB
University Hospital Birmingham – Birmingham, England
CHEST Foundation and the Alpha-1 Foundation Research Grant in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Grant Title: Functional Magnetic Resonance Lung Imaging Using Inhaled Hyperpolarised 129Xenon: A Pilot Study of the Clinical Utility in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (AATD)

This grant is jointly supported by the CHEST Foundation and the Alpha-1 Foundation.

Stephen Lapinsky, MBBCh, MS
Mount Sinai Hospital – Toronto, Canada
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Women’s Lung Health
Grant Title: Mechanical Ventilation During Pregnancy

This grant is supported in full by the CHEST Foundation.

Kei Suzuki, MD
Boston Medical Center – Boston, Massachusetts
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Lung Cancer
Grant Title: Prognostic Immune Score for Stage I Lung Adenocarcinoma

This grant is supported by Genentech Inc.

Keira Cohen, MD
Johns Hopkins Hospital – Baltimore, Maryland
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Nontuberculous Mycobacteria
Grant Title: Harnessing Host Transcriptomics: Development of a Diagnostic Tool to Distinguish M. avium Pulmonary Disease From Colonization

This grant is supported by Insmed.

Sandeep Sahay, MD, FCCP
Houston Methodist Hospital – Houston, Texas
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Grant Title: Alterations of Estrogen Metabolism in the Development of Portopulmonary Hypertension

This grant is supported by United Therapeutics Corporation.

Kerri Johannson, MD, MPH

University of Calgary – Alberta, Canada
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Pulmonary Fibrosis
Grant Title: Social and Environmental Determinants of Mortality in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

This grant is supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals & Genentech Inc.

Emmet O’Brien, MBBCh
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Grant Title: The E3 Ligase Subunit Fbxo3 Regulates Ubiquitin Proteasome Mediated Skeletal Muscle Atrophy in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

This grant is supported by AstraZeneca LP.

Christopher Pannucci, MD
University of Utah – Salt Lake City, Utah
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Venous Thromboembolism
Grant Title: Fixed versus Weight-Based Enoxaparin Dosing in Thoracic Surgery VATS Patients

This grant is supported by Daiichi Sankyo.

Kathleen Ramos, MD, MS
University of Washington – Seattle, Washington
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Cystic Fibrosis
Grant Title: Lung Transplantation in Cystic Fibrosis: Variability in Lung Allocation Score (LAS) and Case-Mix of Lung Disease Diagnoses Across Lung Transplant Centers in the United States

This grant is supported by Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated.

Drew Harris, MD
Yale University – New Haven, Connecticut
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Asthma
Grant Title: Utilizing Medical-Legal Partnership to Promote Asthma Health Equity

This grant is supported in full by the CHEST Foundation.

2017 Community Service Grantees

Rosa Arriaga, PhD
Georgia Institute of Technology – Atlanta, Georgia
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Grant Title: iOS Games for Asthma Education

Negin Hajizadeh, MD, MPH
Feinstein Research Institute at Northwell Health – Manhasett, New York
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Grant Title: Controlling Asthma in NYC Hispanic Communities Through Educational Workshops and the Development of Community Asthma Trainers

Adam Silverman, MD
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center – Hartford, Connecticut
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Grant Title: Haitian Pediatric Critical Care Collaborative Training Course

These grants are supported in full by the CHEST Foundation.


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