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The AASLD Foundation has committed $2.403 million in funding for the 2015 Research & Career Development Awards. This level of funding represents the largest single commitment in support of liver research and advanced hepatology training by any professional organization.

These 21 future leaders in hepatology were selected to receive awards based on their professional potential, experience and commitment of their faculty mentors, quality of the proposed research project or clinical program, and the clinical and/or academic environment of their institution. Applications are reviewed by a selected group of academic and clinical specialists, physicians, and associate practitioners in the fields of hepatology and transplant hepatology.

Pinnacle Research Award in Liver Disease

Zongdi Feng, PhD

     Zongdi Feng, PhD
     Nationwide Children’s Hospital
     Research Project: Mechanism of Immune Control of Hepatitis E Virus Infection

 

Amaia Lujambio, PhD

     Amaia Lujambio, PhD
     Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
     Research Project: RNAi screen for combination therapy discovery in liver cancer

 

Yan Wang, PhD

     Yan Wang, PhD
     Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
     Research Project: A new drug for antitrypsin deficiency from computational pharmacological screening

 

The 2015 AASLDF Pinnacle Research Awards are made possible through independent grants from Genentech, Gilead Sciences, the Alpha-1 Foundation, and donors to The AASLD Liver Research Fund.

 

Career Development Award in Liver Transplantation

In Memory of the University of Michigan Transplant Team

Adam Griesemer, MD

     Adam Griesemer, MD
     Columbia University
     Research Project: Inhibition/Depletion of Memory T cells to Induce Liver Transplant Tolerance

 

The 2015 Career Development Award in Liver Transplantation is made possible through an independent grant from Astellas Scientific & Medical Affairs and donors to The AASLD Liver Research Fund.

 

Alan Hofmann Clinical and Translational Research Award in Liver Diseases

Augusto Villanueva, MD, PhD
     Augusto Villanueva, MD, PhD
     Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
     Research Project: Minimally invasive biomarkers in outcome prediction and assessment of molecular diversity in liver cancer

 

The 2015 Alan Hofmann Clinical and Translational Research Award in Liver Diseases is made possible through an independent grant from Intercept Pharmaceuticals and donors to The AASLD Liver Research Fund.

 

Jan Albrecht Clinical and Translational Research Award in Liver Diseases

Sanjiv Harpavat, MD, PhD

     Sanjiv Harpavat, MD, PhD
     Baylor College of Medicine
    Research Project: Assessment of a Novel Newborn Screening Tool for Biliary Atresia

 

The 2015 Jan Albrecht Clinical and Translational Research Award in Liver Diseases is made possible through an independent grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb and donors to The AASLD Liver Research Fund.

 

Sheila Sherlock Clinical and Translational Research Award in Liver Diseases

Silvia Vilarinho, MD, PhD
     Silvia Vilarinho, MD, PhD
     Yale University School of Medicine
     Research Project: Delineating Genetic Underpinnings of Biliary Atresia

 

The 2015 Sheila Sherlock Clinical and Translational Research Award in Liver Diseases is made possible through an independent grant from Genentech and donors to The AASLD Liver Research Fund.

 

AASLD/LIFER Clinical and Translational Research Fellowship in Liver Diseases Award


Jacinta Holmes, MBBS

     Jacinta Holmes, MBBS

     Massachusetts General Hospital
     Research Project: Therapeutics Discovery Program to Uncover Novel Strategies for Hepatocellular Carcinoma Prevention
 

The 2015 AASLD/LIFER Clinical and Translational Research Fellowship is made possible through independent grants from the Liver Institute and Foundation for Education and Research (LIFER), AASLD, and donors to The AASLD Liver Research Fund.

 

Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowship

 

Akihiro Asai, MD, PhD

Akihiro Asai, MD, PhD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

 

Monica Konerman, MD, MSc

Monica Konerman, MD, MSc
University of Michigan Health System

 

Michael Kriss, MD

Michael Kriss, MD
University of Colorado Denver

 

Daniel Motola, MD, PhD

Daniel Motola, MD, PhD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

 

Varun Saxena, MD, MS

Varun Saxena, MD, MS
University of California, San Francisco

 

Douglas Simonetto, MD

Douglas Simonetto, MD
Mayo Clinic Rochester

 

Orinth Waisbourd-Zinman, MD

Orith Waisbourd-Zinman, MD
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

 

 

 

The 2015 Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowships are made possible through independent grants from Genentech, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies, Merck, and donors to The AASLD Liver Research Fund.

 

NP/PA Clinical Hepatology Fellowship

Dawn Drazek, MSN, CRNP, CCTC, AGPCNP-BC

Dawn Drazek, MSN, CRNP, CCTC, AGPCNP-BC
Carolinas Medical Center Liver Transplant Program

Michael Hodo, DNP, AGACNP-BC

Michael Hodo, DNP, AGACNP-BC
Georgia Regents University

Nicole O'Bleness Gray, CNP

Nicole O'Bleness Gray, CNP
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Karie Robinson, RN, APRN

Karie Robinson, RN, APRN
Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Czarina Sanchez, MSN, APRN, NP-C

Czarina Sanchez, MSN, APRN, NP-C
University of Kansas Medical Center

Nicole Triggs, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, CPN

Nicole Triggs, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, CPN
Texas Children’s Hospital

The 2015 NP/PA Clinical Hepatology Fellowships are made possible through independent grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Genentech, Gilead Sciences, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies, Merck, and donors to The AASLD Liver Research Fund.