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2013 ISHLT Grants & Awards Recipients

Pioneer in Transplantation Award

The Pioneer in Transplantation was awarded to Jack Copeland, MD during the Opening Plenary Session at the ISHLT Annual Meeting in Montréal. This award is bestowed every other year to an ISHLT member who is recognized for their landmark contributions as a pioneer in the field of heart and/or lung transplantation. Dr. Copeland presented a lecture entitled, "Cardiac Replacement, A Journey Outside the Box."


The ISHLT awarded a Research Fellowship Grant to each of the following four individuals:

Raymond Givens, MD, PhD
Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Project Title: MicroRNA Profiling in Patients with Orthotopic Heart Transplant Rejection

Nikolaos Diakos, MD
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Project Title: Humans as a model organism to study metabolic changes in heart failure and myocardial recovery

Ivana Ferrer, PhD
Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA
Project Title: Characterizing the Impact of Chronic Cytomegalovirus Infection on Transplantation Tolerance

Pablo Sanchez, MD, PhD
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, USA
Project Title: Increasing the number and outcomes of lung transplants by using mesenchymal stem cells

The ISHLT awarded the Branislav Radovancevic Memorial Fellowship Grant to the following individual:

Leonardo Salazar, MD
Stollery Children's Hospital and the University of Alberta
Project Title: Relation of physical activity measured through triaxial accelerometry and Brain natriuretic peptide in children with heart failure, heart transplant and on ventricular assist devices

The ISHLT awarded the Transplant Registry Early Career Award to the following three individuals:

Eugene DePasquale, MD
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Project Title: Influence of Chronic Kidney Disease Stage on Patient Selection for Heart and Heart-Kidney Transplantation

Aaron Healy, MD
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Project Title: Predictors of Post-Transplant Outcomes in Patients Bridged to Transplantation with Continuous-Flow Left Ventricular Assist Devices – an Analysis of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Transplant Registry

Chesney Castleberry, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Project Title: mTOR Inhibitors in Pediatric Heart Transplantation: Do the potential benefits outweigh the risks, clues from the ISHLT Registry

The ISHLT awarded the Nursing, Health Sciences & Allied Health Research Grant to the following two individuals:

Jo Wray, PhD
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom
Project Title: An exploratory study of the psychological impact of a ventricular assist device for children and their families

Supported by funding from CSL Behring:
Jane Haines, DNP, RN, CMSRN
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Project Title: A randomized controlled trial to assess the effect of mindfulness-based stress reduction on stress and anxiety in caregivers of lung transplant patients

Abstract Awards

The Philip K. Caves Award was awarded to the following individual:

Alexey Dashkevich
University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Abstract Title: Intracoronary Treatment with VEGF-C/D Inhibitor Enhances Cardiac Allograft Survival and Prevents Chronic Rejection by Regulating Lymphatic Endothelial Cell Activation

The Branislav Radovancevic Memorial Best MCS Abstract (funded by a grant from Thoratec) was awarded to the following individual:

Claire Watkins, MD
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, USA
Abstract Title: Evaluation of the Infant Jarvik Ventricular Assist Device in a Chronic Juvenile Sheep Model

The Nursing, Health Sciences & Allied Health Excellence in Research Award was awarded to the following individual:

Jane Haines, DNP, RN, CMSRN
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Abstract Title: Stress and Anxiety in Caregivers of Lung Transplant Patients: Effect of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

The Junior Faculty and Trainee Council awarded the Best Case Presentation during the session, Clinical Case Dilemmas in Thoracic Transplantation, to the following individual:

Mustafa Ahmed, MD and Bhalaghuru Chokkalingam Mani (fellow)
Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Case Presentation: Infectious Disease: Rapid Respiratory Failure After Heart Transplant

International Traveling Scholarships

The ISHLT awarded 13 traveling scholarships in 2012 to the following individuals:

Ramin E. Beygui, MD
Kevin C. Carney, MSN
Alexandre Souza Cauduro, MD
Esme Dijke, PhD
Rochelle M. Gellatly, BScPharm, ACPR, PharmD
Daniel R. Goldstein, MD
Manon Huibers, MSc
Marco Masetti, MD
Ana Belen Mendez, MD
Laveena Munshi, MD, FRCPC
David Schibilsky, MD
Aleem Siddique, MBBS
Amparo Solé, MD, PhD

Leach-Abramson-Imhoff Links Travel Awards

The Links Travel Award Committee awarded travel scholarships to the following outstanding writers and contributors to the Links Newsletter:

Writer of the Year, $2,500
- Michele Estabrook, St. Louis, MO, USA

First Runners-up, $1,000
- Melanie Everitt, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
- Christina Migliore, Newark, NJ, USA

Honorable Mention, $500
- Veronica Franco, Columbus, OH, USA
- Manreet Kanwar, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
- Luciano Potena, Bologna, Italy
- Mace Schuurmans, Zurich, Switzerland
- Jeff Teuteberg, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Congratulations to all of this year's award recipients!