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ISHLT Newest Grant Award Winners Announced


Daniel R. Goldstein, MD
Andrew J. Fisher, FRCP, PhD

ISHLT Grants & Awards Committee Co-chairs
daniel.goldstein@yale.edu
a.j.fisher@ncl.ac.uk


On behalf of the ISHLT Grants & Awards Committee, we are pleased to announce the winners of the ISHLT/Bayer Pulmonary Hypertension Research Grant Award and the ISHLT/HeartWare Award for Translational Research in Mechanical Circulatory Support. From 20 applications for the ISHLT/Bayer award and 22 applications for the ISHLT/HeartWare award, one winner was selected for each award:


ISHLT/Bayer Pulmonary Hypertension Research Grant Award winner:

Benjamin Freed, MD
Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA
Director of Research: Sanjiv J. Shah, MD, FAHA, FACC
Project: "Non-invasive Detection of Right Ventricular Interstitial Fibrosis using MRI in Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension due to Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction"


ISHLT/HeartWare Award for Translational Research in Mechanical Circulatory Support winner:

Leigh Reardon, MD
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Director of Research: Jamil Aboulhosn, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Project: "Mechanical Circulatory Support for the Fontan Circulation"

The ISHLT/Bayer Pulmonary Hypertension Research Grant Award is a two-year award in the amount of $100,000 ($50,000 per year). The purpose of the Award is to further the scientific understanding of Pulmonary Hypertension, with the ultimate aim of improving patient's lives. The Award is designed to support young scientists, doing research in Pulmonary Hypertension at a critical time in their independent research careers. The goal of the study must be to investigate a relevant clinical or translational science question in PH, irrespective of the PH subtype.

The ISHLT/HeartWare Award for Translational Research in Mechanical Circulatory Support is a one-year award in the amount of $65,000. The purpose of the Award is to support research utilizing MCS that would result in an increased understanding of the biologic effects, use as sole or combined therapy, insights into patient/MCS management, innovative use/application or improved outcomes for the treatment of heart failure. The Award is aimed to support rising stars in the field of mechanical circulatory support at a critical time in their career. The Award recipient will have already established a track record in the field of mechanical circulatory support and will aim to further develop their career in this area. The intent is that the Award will be for a junior faculty position dedicated to a career in the use of MCS as a treatment option for heart failure. It is anticipated that the individual will be clinician or clinician scientist at an active VAD/transplant program with a faculty appointment in either cardiology or cardiac surgery.

The ISHLT would like to thank the following reviewers for their hard work and contribution in helping to select these two outstanding award winners.

ISHLT/HeartWare Reviewers
Mario Deng, USA (Chair)
Stuart Russell, USA
Valluvan Jeevanandam, USA
Maryl Johnson, USA
Francis Pagani, USA
Vivek Rao, Canada
Josef Stehlik, USA
Martin Strueber, Germany
Mark Slaughter, USA
Joseph Rogers, USA
Evgenij Potapov, Germany
Andreas Zuckermann, Austria

ISHLT/Bayer Reviewers
Ray Benza, USA (Chair)
Myung Park, USA
Dario Vizza, Italy
Mardi Gomberg-Maitland, USA
William Auger, USA
Steve Kawut, USA
Dana McGlothlin, USA

For more information about these and other ISHLT Grants and Awards, please visit our website at www.ishlt.org/awards. ■

Disclosure Statement: the authors have no conflicts of interest to report.




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