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Thanks to the generosity of our donors, AASLD Foundation is pleased to announce our investment in hepatology’s future continues to grow. In 2017, we will commit $3.348 million in funding for the 2017 Research and Career Development Awards. These awards:

  • Secure education training for those caring for patients with liver disease
  • Provide critical funding for new and innovative liver research
  • Encourage young investigators new to the field
  • Increase access to trained hepatology providers for patients with liver disease

Twenty-five future leaders in hepatology were selected to receive awards this year based on their professional potential, experience and the 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.

We are grateful to AASLD and the hundreds of AASLD members, industry and private supporters, and people concerned about liver disease, who partnered with us to make this 2017 awards funding possible.

2017 Research Awards

Pinnacle Research Award in Liver Disease

 

Jian Chen, MD, PhD

     Jian Chen, MD, PhD
     The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
     Project Title: Deregulated PRAJA1-TGF-ß Signaling in Liver Cancer Stem Cells
     Mentor: Harrys A. Torres, MD

 

Xiaodong Ge, MD, PHD

     Xiaodong Ge, MD, PHD
     The University of Illinois at Chicago
     Project Title: Pathogenic role of hepatocyte-derived high-mobility group box-1 isoforms as
     potential therapeutic targets to prevent and/or resolve liver fibrosis

     Mentor: Natalia Nieto, PhD

 

Chiung-kuei Huang, PhD

     Chiung-kuei Huang, PhD
     Alpert Medical School-Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital
     Project Title: A 2-oxoglutarate-dependent enzyme, aspartate beta-hydroxylase in cholangiocarcinoma
     progression

     Mentor: Jack Wands, MD, FAASLD

 

Khalidur Rahman, MS, PhD

     Nidhi Sahni, PhD
     The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
     Project Title: Role of altered enhancer-mediated signaling in liver carcinogenesis
     Mentor: Snorri S. Thorgeirsson, MD, PhD

 

Weici Zhang, PhD

     Weici Zhang, PhD
     University of California, Davis
     Project Title: Repertoire Analysis of Human AMA in Primary Biliary Cholangitis
     Mentor: M. Eric Gershwin, MD, FAASLD

 

Zhenyu Zhong, PhD

     Zhenyu Zhong, PhD
     University of California, San Diego
     Project Title: Mitochondrial Control of Alcohol-induced Liver Inflammation and Disease
     Mentor: Michael Karin, PhD

 

The 2017 AASLD Foundation Pinnacle Research Awards are made possible through independent grants and unrestricted donations from AASLD, AbbVie, Allergan, Genentech, Gilead Sciences, Intercept Pharmaceuticals and donors to the AASLD Foundation.

 

Alan Hofmann Clinical and Translational Research Award in Liver Diseases

 

Veeral H. Ajmera, MD, MAS

     Veeral H. Ajmera, MD, MAS
     University of California, San Diego
     Project Title: Defining Distinct Risk Phenotypes Among Persons with NAFLD
     Mentor: Rohit Loomba, MD

 

The 2017 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 Foundation.

 

Clinical and Translational Research Award in Liver Diseases

 

Archita P. Desai, MD

     Archita P. Desai, MD
     University of Arizona
     Project Title: The Intersection of Precision Medicine and Population Health to Improve Health Equity
     in Liver Disease

     Mentor: Michael B. Fallon, MD, FAASLD

 

Robert J. Wong, MD, MS

     Robert J. Wong, MD, MS
     Alameda Health System - Highland Hospital
     Project Title: Impact of Provider-Centered and Patient-Centered Targeted Educational Interventions to
     Improve Hepatitis B Virus Management and Hepatocellular Carcinoma Screening Among At-Risk
     Underserved Populations

     Mentor: Mandana Khalili, MD

 

The 2017 Clinical and Translational Research Awards in Liver Diseases are made possible through independent grants and unrestricted donations from AASLD, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and donors to the AASLD Foundation.

 

Career Development Award in Liver Transplantation
In Memory of the University of Michigan Transplant Team

 

Timucin Taner, MD, PhD

     Timucin Taner, MD, PhD
     Mayo Clinic Rochester
     Project Title: Liver Transplantation: Impact on Host Alloimmune Responses and the Role
     of Liver Mesenchymal Stem Cells

     Mentor: Gregory J. Gores, MD, FAASLD

 

The 2017 Career Development Award in Liver Transplantation is made possible through an independent grant from Astellas Scientific & Medical Affairs and donors to AASLD Foundation.

 

Afdhal/McHutchison LIFER Award

 

Ruisi Wang, PhD

     Ruisi Wang, PhD
     The Rockefeller University
     Project Title: Novel stem cell approaches to explore stellate cell biology
     Mentor: Charles M. Rice, PhD

 

 

The 2017 Afdhal/McHutchison LIFER Award is made possible through an independent grant from the Liver Institute and Foundation for Education and Research (LIFER) and donors to the AASLD Foundation.

 

AASLD Foundation/Alpha-1 Foundation Clinical and Translational Research Fellowship

 

Danielle Detelich, MD

     Danielle Detelich, MD
     Massachusetts General Hospital
     Project Title: Alpha-1 Antitrypsin for Prevention of Hepatic Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury
     During Normothermic Machine Perfusion

     Mentor: James Markmann, MD, PhD

 

The 2017 AASLD Foundation/Alpha-1 Foundation Clinical and Translational Research Fellowship is made possible through an independent grant from the Alpha-1 Foundation and donors to the AASLD Foundation.

 

Autoimmune Liver Diseases Pilot Research Awards

 

Pascal Lapierre, PhD

     Pascal Lapierre, PhD
     Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal
     Project Title: Biomarkers of autoimmune hepatitis activity during pregnancy
     Mentor: Marc Bilodeau, MD

 

Michele M. Tana, MD, MHS

     Michele M. Tana, MD, MHS
     University of California, San Francisco
     Project Title: Transcriptome Analysis of Patients with Autoimmune Hepatitis Using
     Next Generation Sequencing

     Mentor: TBA

 

The 2017 Autoimmune Liver Diseases Pilot Research Awards are made possible through a generous contribution given to establish this new award in 2017 and through unrestricted donations from AASLD Foundation donors.

 

2017 Career Development Awards

Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowship

 

Therese Bittermann, MD, MSCE

Therese Bittermann, MD, MSCE
University of Pennsylvania
Mentor: Maarouf A. Hoteit, MD

 

Noelle Ebel, MD

Noelle Ebel, MD
University of California, San Francisco
Mentor: Philip Rosenthal, MD, FAASLD

 

Christina C. Lindenmeyer, MD

Christina C. Lindenmeyer, MD
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Mentor: Arthur J. McCullough, MD, FAASLD

 

Yuval A. Patel, MD

Yuval A. Patel, MD
Duke University Health System
Mentor: Carl L. Berg, MD, FAASLD

 

Anna L. Peters, MD, PhD

Anna L. Peters, MD, PhD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Mentor: Jorge Bezerra, MD, FAASLD

The 2017 Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowships are made possible through independent grants from AASLD, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies, Merck, and donors to the AASLD Foundation.

 

NP/PA Clinical Hepatology Fellowship

Brittany Brecklin, MSN, NP-C, RNFA

Brittany Brecklin, MSN, NP-C, RNFA
St. Louis Children's Hospital
Mentor: Yumirle P. Turmelle, MD, MPH

Macy Godman, PA-C

Macy Godman, PA-C
University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center
Mentor: Alla Grigorian, MD

Charlene Julien, MSPS, MSN, FNP-C

Charlene Julien, MSPS, MSN, FNP-C
Boston University/Boston Medical Center
Mentor: David P. Nunes, MD

James M. Loutzenhiser, PA-C, MS, MMSc

James M. Loutzenhiser, PA-C, MS, MMSc
Piedmont Transplant Institute
Mentor: Raymond A. Rubin, MD, FAASLD

Joshua Pingleton, MSN, NP-C

Joshua Pingleton, MSN, NP-C
The University of Kansas Health Systems
Mentor: Ryan Taylor, MD

Christina Stylianou, AC-PNP

Christina Stylianou, AC-PNP
Children's Health (Children's Medical Center Dallas)
Mentor: Amal A. Aqul, MD

The 2017 NP/PA Clinical Hepatology Fellowships are made possible through independent grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies, Merck, and donors to the AASLD Foundation.