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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 2018, we will commit $4.06 million in funding for the 2018 Research and Career Development Awards — the highest level of funding in the history of AASLD and AASLD Foundation. 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

Thirty-six 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 2018 awards funding possible.

2018 Research Awards

Pinnacle Research Award in Liver Disease

 

Jian Chen, MD, PhD

     Akihiro Asai, MD, PhD
     Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
     Project Title: Modeling patient-specific genetic cholestasis with induced human hepatocytes
     Mentor: Jorge Bezerra, MD, FAASLD

 

Xiaodong Ge, MD, PHD

     Bingning Dong, PhD
     Baylor College of Medicine
     Project Title: Targeting Liver Cancer Lipid Metabolism by CAR Inverse Agonist
     Mentor: David D. Moore, PhD

 

Chiung-kuei Huang, PhD

     Russell Goodman, MD, DPhil
     Massachusetts General Hospital
     Project Title: a-Hydroxybutyrate Links Hepatic Insulin Resistance and Steatosis to the Heptic
      NADH/NAD+ Ratio

     Mentor: Vamsi K. Mootha, MD

 

Khalidur Rahman, MS, PhD

     Cristina Llorente, PhD
     University of California, San Diego
     Project Title: Intestinal stem-cell proliferation and differentiation in alcoholic liver disease
     Mentor: Bernd Schnabl, MD

 

Weici Zhang, PhD

     Mitchell R. McGill, PhD
     University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
     Project Title: Phosphatidic acid in liver regeneration after acetaminophen hepatotoxicity
     Mentor: Brian N. Finck, PhD

 

The 2018 AASLD Foundation Pinnacle Research Awards are made possible through independent grants and unrestricted donations from AASLD, AbbVie, Allergan, Gilead Sciences, and donors to the AASLD Foundation.

 

Alan Hofmann Clinical and Translational Research Award in Liver Diseases

 

Veeral H. Ajmera, MD, MAS

     Monica A. Konerman, MD, MSc
     Regents of the University of Michigan
     Project Title: Optimizing Lifestyle Interventions as Curative Therapy for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
     Mentor: Anna S. Lok, MD, FAASLD

 

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, Translational, and Outcomes Research Awards in Liver Disease

 

Archita P. Desai, MD

     Jennifer A. Flemming, MD, MAS
     Queen’s University
     Project Title: Epidemiology, Natural History, and Healthcare of Young Adults with Cirrhosis (ENHAnCe):
     A Population-based Study

     Mentor: Christopher Booth, MD

 

Robert J. Wong, MD, MS

     Tatyana Kushner, MD, MSCE
     Mount Sinai Medical Center
     Project Title: Effectiveness of a clinical decision support tool to improve obstetrician adherence to care
     guidelines for pregnant women with chronic hepatitis B

     Mentor: Meena B. Bansal, MD

 

Robert J. Wong, MD, MS

     Tracey G. Simon, MD
     Massachusetts General Hospital
     Project Title: Molecular Prognostic Indicators of Cirrhosis in Early-Stage Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis
     Mentor: Raymond T. Chung, MD, FAASLD

 

 

The 2018 Clinical, Translational and Outcomes Research Awards in Liver Diseases are made possible through independent grants and unrestricted donations from AASLD, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Intercept Pharmaceuticals and donors to the AASLD Foundation.

 

Clinical, Translational, and Outcomes Research Award in Liver Transplantation
In memory of the University of Michigan Transplant Team

 

Archita P. Desai, MD

     Julius M. Wilder, MD, PhD
     Duke University School of Medicine
     Project Title: The Impact of Race, Ethnicity, and Socioeconomic Status on Listing for Liver Transplant
     after Referral

     Mentor: Andrew Muir, MD, FAASLD

 

The 2018 Clinical, Translational, and Outcomes Research Award in Liver Transplantation is made possible through an independent grant from Astellas Scientific & Medical Affairs and donors to AASLD Foundation.

 

Bridge Award

 

     Yi Guo, PhD
     Mayo Clinic Rochester
     Project Title: Mechanism of Novel GPCR Regulating Hepatocyte Liptoxicity in Nonalcoholic Fatty
     Liver Disease
     Mentor: Gregory J. Gores, MD, FAASLD

 

Danielle Detelich, MD

     Cynthia A. Moylan, MD, MHS
     Duke University
     Project Title: Genetic and Epigenetic Markers of Progressive Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
     Mentor: Anna Mae Diehl, MD, FAASLD

 

The 2018 Bridge Awards are made possible by donors to the AASLD Foundation.

 

Autoimmune Hepatitis Pilot Research Award

 

Danielle Detelich, MD

     Maria Serena Longhi, MD, PhD
     Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
     Project Title: Regulation of aryl hydrocarbon receptor signaling in autoimmune hepatitis
     Mentor: Simon Robson, MD, PhD, FRCP, FAASLD

 

This 2018 Pilot Research Award is made possible through the AASLD Foundation Autoimmune Hepatitis Research Fund established by a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

 

Pilot Research Award

 

Timucin Taner, MD, PhD

     Alexander J. Bondoc, MD
     Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
     Project Title: Development of glypican 3-based therapy of pediatric liver cancer
     Mentor: Nikolai Temchenko, PhD

 

 

     Andres Duarte-Rojo, MD, MS, DSc
     University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
     Project Title: Usefulness of controlled attenuation parameter and liver stiffness for the identification
     and risk-assessment of extended criteria deceased liver donors

     Mentor: W. Ray Kim, MD, MBA, FAASLD

 

 

     Jun Hee Lee, PhD
     Regents of the University of Michigan
     Project Title: Unraveling genetic, environmental and cell-to-cell variations in fatty liver transcriptome

 

 

     Arpan Mohanty, MBBS
     Boston Medical Center
     Project Title: Spectroscopic interrogation of Upper Gastrointestinal Mucosa: A Less Intrusive Measure
     of Hepatic Venous Pressure Gradient

 

The 2018 Pilot Research Awards in Liver Diseases are made possible through independent grants and unrestricted donations from Pfizer and donors to the AASLD Foundation.

 

Afdhal / McHutchison LIFER Award

 

     Kuo Du, PhD
     Duke University
     Project Title: Pathophysiological Role of Glutaminolysis in Human NAFLD Progression
     Mentor: Anna Mae Diehl, MD, FAASLD

 

 

The 2018 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.

 

Clinical and Translational Research Fellowship in Liver Disease

 

     Serkan Belkaya, PhD
     The Rockefeller University
     Project Title: Human genetic basis of fulminant viral hepatitis
     Mentor: Jean-Laurent Casanova, MD PhD

 

 

     Alberto Zanetto, MD
     Yale University
     Project Title: Role of endogenous heparinoids on the hemostatic balance in cirrhotic patients with
     acute kidney injury

     Mentor: Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao, MD, FAASLD

 

The 2018 Clinical and Translational Research Fellowships are made possible by donors to the AASLD Foundation.

 

Autoimmune Liver Diseases Pilot Research Award

 

     Ethan Weinberg, MD, MS
     The University of Pennsylvania
     Project Title: A Single-Center, Open Label, Cross-Over Study on the Effects of Ursodeoxycholic
     Acid (UDCA) in Patients with Hepatic Sarcoidosis

     Mentor: K. Rajender Reddy, MD, FAASLD

 

The 2018 Autoimmune Liver Diseases Pilot Research Award is made possible through a generous contribution given to establish this award and through unrestricted donations from AASLD Foundation donors.

 

2018 Career Development Awards

Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowship

 

Emily D. Bethea, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Project Title: Preemptive pan-genotypic direct-acting antiviral therapy
in donor HCV-positive to recipient HCV-negative liver transplant

Mentor: Raymond T. Chung, MD, FAASLD

 

Noelle Ebel, MD

Zachary P. Fricker, MD, MS
University of Pennsylvania
Project Title: Effect of rifaximin on survival and decompensation among patients with cirrhosis
Mentor: David E. Kaplan, MD, MSc, FAASLD

 

Simon Lam, MD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Project Title: Matrix Metalloproteinase 7 as a Novel Biomarker for Bile
Duct Injury in Pediatric Autoimmune Liver Disease

Mentor: Alexander G. Miethke, MD

 

Amrita Narang, MD
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Project Title: Screening for biliary atresia using stool color cards – a public health initiative
Mentor: Rohit Kohli, MBBS, MS, FAASLD

 

Arpan Patel, MD
Mount Sinai Hospital
Project Title: Improving Advance Care Planning in
Patients With End-Stage Liver Disease

Mentor: Thomas D. Schiano, MD, FAASLD

 

Russell Rosenblatt, MD, MS
New York Presbyterian Hospital
Project Title: The effect of intravenous albumin on cirrhotic patients with Clostridium difficile infection
Mentor: Robert S. Brown, Jr., MD, MPH, FAASLD

 

Suzanne R. Sharpton, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco
Project Title: An Integrated Analysis of the Human Gut
Metabolome and Metagenome in Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Mentor: Norah Terrault, MD, MPH, FAASLD

 

Amoah Yeboah-Korang, MD, MPH
Regents of the University of Michigan
Project Title: Identification of Drug-Induced Liver Injury from the Electronic Medical
Record using Natural Language Processing and ICD-10 Codes

Mentor: Robert J. Fontana, MD, FAASLD

The 2018 Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowships are made possible through independent grants from AASLD, Gilead, Merck, and donors to the AASLD Foundation.

 

NP/PA Clinical Hepatology Fellowship

Aryana C. Chan, BA, BS, RN, MS, AGPCNP-BC
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Mentor: Douglas T. Dieterich, MD, FAASLD

Anthony Derencius, MPAS, PA-C
Texas Liver Institute
Mentor: Nicole M. Loo, MD

Elisa Dupuis, MSN/MPH, CRNP
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Mentor: Ahmet Gurakar, MD, FAASLD

Emily Eckert Harmata, MSN, FNP-C
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Mentor: Roman Perri, MD

Elizabeth Lee, MN, NP, CGN(C)
Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, University Health Network
Mentor: Hemant A. Shah, MD

Christina Pham, MSN, ARNP
Virginia Mason Medical Center Digestive Disease Institute
Mentor: Alexander Kuo, MD, FAASLD

Allysa D. Saggese, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC
Weill Cornell Medical Center
Mentor: Robert S. Brown, Jr., MD, MPH, FAASLD

The 2018 NP/PA Clinical Hepatology Fellowships are made possible through independent grants from AASLD, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and donors to the AASLD Foundation.


Archive of Past Award Recipients