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ISHLT Special Awards and Grant Awards

This article features the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement, Distinguished Educator, and Grant awards which will be presented at the ISHLT 34th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions to be held from April 10-13, 2014 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, California, USA.


terence englishThe Lifetime Achievement award is bestowed every other year to an ISHLT member who is recognized for their outstanding achievements and tireless dedication in the field of heart and lung transplantation.

The 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Sir Terence English, KBE, FRCS (Oxford, United Kingdom). A lecture will be given by Dr. English in the Opening Plenary Session of the 2014 ISHLT Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions.


The 2014 Distinguished Educator Award will be presented to James K. Kirklin, MD (University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL, USA) during the Opening Plenary Session of the 2014 ISHLT Annual Meeting, in recognition of his outstanding educational leadership and achievements on behalf of the Society.


Norman E. Shumway Career Development Award: ($160,000)

2014 Recipient: Keshava Rajagopal, MD, PhD
University of Maryland School of Medicine/Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland
Project: "Impact of mechanical loading on cardiac stem cell function in heart failure"

The Norman E Shumway Career Development award is aimed to support the rising stars of basic, clinical or translational research at a critical time in their independent research career. The awardee will have already established a track record in the field of heart or lung transplantation, the failing heart or lungs or mechanical circulatory support and will aim to further develop their career in one of these areas.

Brano Memorial Fellowship Grant: $75,000 (funded by a grant from Thoratec)

2014 Recipient: Masahiro Ono, MD, PhD
Texas Heart Institute, Houston, Texas
Project: "Individual blood pressure optimization based on cerebral blood flow autoregulation monitoring after implantation of continuous-flow left ventricular assist device"

The purpose of the Branislav Radovancevic Memorial Fellowship Grant award is to encourage scholarly clinical work in mechanical circulatory support worldwide, to facilitate scientific exchange regarding MCS, and to provide advanced scholarly clinical training in mechanical circulatory support and total artificial heart therapy. Dr. Radovancevic, a long-time member of ISHLT, was devoted to the encouragement of scientific collaboration among physicians and scientists engaged in mechanical circulatory support. This award is intended to encourage others to continue his efforts. Funding for this award is provided by Thoratec in memory of ISHLT member Branislav (Brano) Radovancevic.

Research Fellowship Grant Award: $40,000

2014 Recipients (3):

Charles Evans, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
Project: "The effect of mesenchymal stem cells in delayed donor criteria lung transplantation"

Christine Lin, MD
University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado
Project: "The Role of NK cells in antibody-mediated rejection and chronic allograft dysfunction"

Stijn Verleden, PhD
KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Project: "Unraveling the pathophysiology of restrictive allograft syndrome after lung transplantation"

Nursing, Health Sciences and Allied Health Research Grant Award: $12,000

2014 Recipient: Lea Ann Matura, PhD, RN
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Project: "Slow-paced respiration therapy for treatment of a symptom cluster in pulmonary arterial hypertension"

The purpose of the Nursing, Health Sciences and Allied Health Research Grant award is to encourage qualified nurses, social scientists and other health care professionals to conduct research related to the areas of end-stage heart and lung disease and transplantation. This award is designated for non-physician allied health professionals.

Transplant Registry Early Career Award: up to $5,000

2014 Recipients (4):

Marian Urban, MD
Institute for Clinical & Experimental Medicine, Prague, Czech Republic
Project: "The Differences in the impact of donor-related variables on post heart transplantation outcomes in mechanically bridged recipients versus recipients without prior mechanical support-an analysis from the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Registry"

Miranda Paraskeva, MBBS
Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Project: "Outcomes of adolescent recipients following Lung transplantation"

Hrishikesh Kulkarni, MD
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
Project: "Incidence and predictors of bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome-free survival in lung transplant recipients"

Agieszka Ciarka, MD, PhD
KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Project: "Impact of age on prognosis of heart transplant patients bridged with left ventricular assist device"

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