Office of Professional Education

National Jewish Health announces research award winners at the 2020 Respiratory Disease Young Investigators' Forum

National Jewish Health welcomed scientists from across the country to the 16th Annual Respiratory Disease Young Investigators’ Forum held virtually on October 8-10, 2020. Junior faculty and physicians enrolled in a pediatric, pulmonary, allergy, or immunology fellowship program and conducting research on airway diseases were eligible for participation. Selected from expert faculty review of abstracts submitted earlier this year, 25 young investigators attended.

Throughout the forum, participants presented abstracts in Basic Science Research or Clinical Research to a panel of expert faculty who score presentations based on Scientific Importance, Quality of Research, Response to Questions and Overall Presentation. In addition to their presentations, the forum provided an excellent opportunity for networking with faculty experts and peers conducting research in respiratory medicine. 

“It was a great three days that I found thought-provoking and worthwhile,” one of the participants commented and also noted that even with the challenges of a virtual format, program co-chairs Barry Make, M.D., and Dr. Janet Lee, M.D., created a fun and positive environment. 

Awards in Basic Science Research

  • First Place –  Dinah Foer, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, The Glucagon-Like Peptide 1 Axis in Platelet-Mediated Airway Inflammation

  • Second Place – Aartik Sarma, MD, University of California, San Francisco, Next Generation Sequencing in Tracheal Aspirates Identifies Distinct Immune Responses in Molecular Phenotypes of the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

  • Third Place – Jennifer Krall, MD, Wake Forest University, Immune Cell Kinetics in Acute Lung Injury-Associated Skeletal Muscle Wasting and Recovery
     

Awards in Clinical Research

  • First Place – Bhavika Kaul, MD, University of California, San Francisco, Epidemiology and Risk Factors Associated with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Among U.S. Veterans

  • Second Place – Stefanie Mason, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Associations Between Muscle Mass, Exacerbations, and Mortality in Ever-Smokers

  • Third Place – Rebecca Arielle Israel, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Endobronchial Optical Coherence Tomography Accurately Diagnoses Microscopic Usual Interstitial Pneumonitis and Clinical Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
     

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.

 

Program Chairs

Janet Lee, MD 
Professor of Medicine, Professor of Environmental Occupational Health, Director, Acute Lung Injury Center of Excellence, UPMC Chair in Acute Lung Injury, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 

Barry J. Make, MD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Co-Director, COPD Program, Director, Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Respiratory Care, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO

 

Expert Faculty and Research Advisors

Neil Aggarwal, MD
Chief, Lung Biology and Disease Branch, Division of Lung Diseases, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MA

Laura E. Crotty Alexander, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, University of California at San Diego, Staff Physician, VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, CA

William Busse, MD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Allergy & Immunology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI

Marie Egan, MD
Professor of Pediatrics (Respiratory) and of Cellular And Molecular Physiology, Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center, Vice Chair for Research, Department of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Anthony N. Gerber, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Department of Biomedical Research, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO

Christopher H. Goss, MD
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Co-executive Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutics Development Network, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Maria Padilla, MD
Director, Advanced Lung Disease/Interstitial Lung Disease Program, Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Mount Sinai-National Jewish Respiratory Institute, New York, NY

Stokes Peebles, MD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Elizabeth and John Murray Chair in Medicine, Training Program Director, Allergy Immunology Fellowship Program, Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Irina Petrache, MD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Wollowick Chair in COPD Research, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO

Jennifer L. Taylor-Cousar, MD, MSCS, ATSF
Medical Director, Clinical Research Services, Co-Director, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program, Director, Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutics Development Center Adult Program, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, National Jewish Health
Denver, CO

 

Presenting Faculty

Nawar Al Nasrallah, MD
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

Parevi Majmudar, MD
Riley Hospital for Children
at Indiana University Health
Indianapolis, IN

Anuja Bandyopadhyay, MD
Riley Children’s Health,
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

Stefanie Mason, MD
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA

Daniel Belz, MD, MPH
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Jenna McNeill, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Matthew Camiolo, MD, PhD
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Kaveh Moghbeli, MD
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Dinah Foer, MD
Brigham and Women's Hospital 
Boston, MA

Christopher Lloyd Mosher, MD
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

Samir Gautam, MD, PhD
Yale University
New Haven, CT

Sweta Patel, MD
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

Rebecca Anna Gersten, MD
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Seyed Mohammad Pourshahid, MD, MPH 
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Roanoke, VA

Victoria Habet, DO
Yale University
New Haven, CT

Aartik Sarma, MD
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Rebecca Arielle Israel, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Neha Solanki, MD
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Bhavika Kaul, MD
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Laura Spece, MD, MS
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Maksim Korotun, DO
Northwell Health
New Hype Park, NY

Daniel Isaiah Sullivan, MD
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Jennifer Krall, MD
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC

Benjamin Wisniewski, MD
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Columbus, OH

Julia Maheshwari, MD
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA