Office of Professional Education

National Jewish Health Announces Research Award Winners at the 2021 Respiratory Disease Young Investigators' Forum

National Jewish Health welcomed scientists from across the country to the 17th Annual Respiratory Disease Young Investigators’ Forum held virtually on October 14-16, 2021. 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, 30 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. Jennifer Taylor-Cousar, M.D., M.S.C.S., A.T.S.F., created a fun and positive environment. 

Awards in Basic Science Research

  • First Place –  Disqualified

  • Second Place – Georgios Triantafyllou, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Mitochondria Targeted Reactive Oxygen Species Scavenging With MitoTEMPO Improves Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hypertension In a Novel Rat Model of Combined Pre- and Post-Capillary Pulmonary Hypertension

  • Third Place – David Ziehr, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Inhibition of Lactate Export Via Monocarboxylate Transporter 4 Prevents Myofibroblast Differentiation and Ameliorates Pulmonary Fibrosis

 

Awards in Clinical Research

  • First Place – Matthew Moll, MD, MPH, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Development of a Blood-Based Transcriptional Risk Score for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

  • Second Place – Esther de Boer, MD, PhD, University of Colorado, Mitochondrial Dysfunction Associated With Post-Covid-19 Syndrome

  • Third Place – Aaron Baugh, MD, University of California San Francisco, Worse Sleep Quality & Social Adversity are Associated with Increased COPD Exacerbation Risk 

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

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

Jennifer Taylor-Cousar, MD, MSCS, ATSF 
President-elect, Medical Staff, 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

 

Expert Faculty and Research Advisors

Neil Aggarwal, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Critical Care Research, Division of Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine, University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus, Denver, CO

Mario Castro, MD, MPH
Division Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research, Director, Frontiers Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Kansas, Director, Rainbow Clinical Trials Science Unit, The University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS

Harold R. Collard, MD
Associate Vice Chancellor of Clinical Research, Professor in Residence in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Director of the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

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

Jane E. Gross, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Medicine, Divisions of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine and Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO

Ravi Kalhan, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine, Director, Asthma and COPD Program, Associate Chief – Clinical & Translational Research, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Co-Director, Center for Education and Career Development, Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute, Chicago, IL

Elizabeth Matsui, MD, MHS
Professor, Department of Population Health and Department of Pediatrics, Associate Chair of Research, Department of Population Health, Associate Director, Health Transformation Research Institute, University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, Austin, TX

Susanna A. McColley, MD
Scientific Director, Interdisciplinary Research Partnerships, Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute, Associate Director for Child Health and Director, TL1 Program, Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Editor-in-Chief, Pediatric Pulmonology, Attending Physician, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Victor E. Ortega, MD, PhD, ATSF
Senior Associate Consultant, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Phoenix, AZ

Deepika Polineni, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

 

Presenting Faculty

Brian Ahn, MD
University of Colorado Denver
Denver, CO

Cathryn Lee, MD
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL


Aaron Baugh, MD
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
 

Justin Lui, MD
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, MA

Charles Bengtson, MD, MS
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS
 

David MacDonald, MD
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Marlene Cano, MD, PhD
Washington University
St. Louis, MO
 

Aravind Menon, MD
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA

Joe W. Chiles III, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
 

Matthew Moll, MD, MPH
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA

Esther de Boer, MD, PhD
University of Colorado Denver
Denver, CO
 

Peter Moore, MD
University of Colorado Denver
Denver, CO

Auyon Ghosh, MD, MPH
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA
 

Eli Rhoads, MD
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE

Khushboo Goel, MD
University of Colorado Denver
Denver, CO
 

Umar Salimi, MD
Yale University
Haven, CT

Sue Gu, MD
University of Colorado Denver
Denver, CO
 

Joseph Simonson, MD
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Uniondale, NY

Arnav Gupta, MD
University of Colorado Denver
Denver, CO

Gail Stanley, MD
Yale University
Haven, CT
 

Manuel Izquierdo, DO
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC

Peter Szachowicz, MD
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
 

Shannon Kay, MD
Yale University
Haven, CT

Georgios Triantafyllou, MD
University of Pittsburgh Medical School
Pittsburgh, PA


Jennifer Keen, MD
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
 

Aaron Vose, MD
Duke University
Durham, NC

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

David Ziehr, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Michael Lam, MD, PhD
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA
 

Richard Zou, MD
University of Pittsburgh Medical School
Pittsburgh, PA