Office of Professional Education

National Jewish Health Announces Research Award Winners at Respiratory Disease Young Investigators' Forum

National Jewish Health welcomed scientists from across the country to the Thirteenth Annual Respiratory Disease Young Investigators’ Forum in Denver, Colorado on October 12-15, 2017. Junior faculty and physicians enrolled in a pediatric, pulmonary, allergy, or immunology fellowship program and conducting research on airway diseases were eligible for participation. Following expert faculty review of abstracts submitted earlier this year, 28 Fellows attended the forum.

Throughout the forum, participants presented abstracts in Basic Science Research or Clinical Research to a panel of expert faculty judges. In addition to their presentations, the forum provided an excellent opportunity for Fellows to network with faculty experts and peers conducting research in respiratory medicine. At the conclusion of the forum, the top three presenters in each category were awarded a grant to support their research. The award winners were announced during a banquet Saturday evening.

Awards in Basic Science Research

  • First Place – Michelle A. Yu, MD, PhD, University of California, San Francisco, Platelet-Specific CFTR Dysfunction Increases Lung Inflammation and injury through TRCP6

  • Second Place – Mohammed Berrou, MD, University of South Alabama School of Medicine, The Indirect Cytotoxic Effects of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Infection on Microvascular and Pulmonary Artery Endothelial Cells

  • Third Place – Brenda J. Marsh, MD, PhD, Oregon Health and Science University, TRPA1 as a Novel Bronchodilator


Awards in Clinical Research

  • First Place – Jeong H. Yun, MD, MPH, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Eosinophilic COPD is associated with increased exacerbations and unique blood transcriptomic signatures

  • Second Place – Chase S. Hall, MD, Washington University School of Medicine, Regional Ventilation Changes in Severe Asthma after Bronchial Thermoplasty

  • Third Place (tie) – Ashraf Fawzy, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University, COPD Morbidity is Associated with Platelet Count and Aspirin Use: the SPIROMICS and COPDGene Cohorts

  • Third Place (tie) – Sarina K. Sahetya, MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Survival from Severe ARDS Managed Without Extracorporeal Life Support


Committed to growing young scientists to become leaders in the research and treatment of respiratory diseases, National Jewish Health was excited to host the forum that was managed by the Office of Professional Education. The activity was supported by an educational grant from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP.

The forum was chaired by Monica Kraft, MD, Department of Medicine Chair at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson, and co-chaired by Irina Petrache, MD, Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at National Jewish Health. Also in attendance from National Jewish Health was Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Gregory Downey, MD, who served as one of nine expert faculty panelists, and William Janssen, MD, and Barry Make, MD, who served as advisors and mentors to the investigators prior to their presentations.


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