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The AASLD Foundation has committed $2.565 million in funding for the 2016 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 future leaders in hepatology were selected to receive awards this year based on their professional potential, experience and 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.

2016 Pinnacle Research Award in Liver Disease

Haley Nicholls, PhD

     Hayley Nicholls, PhD
     Weill Cornell Medicine
     Research Project: Leveraging Gut Microbial Adaptation to Thermal and Nutritional-Stress in the
     Management of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

 

Ricard Masia, MD, PhD

     Ricard Masia, MD, PhD
     Massachusetts General Hospital
     Research Project: Role of altered cytosolic NADH/NAD+ ratio and SIRT1 signaling in fatty liver disease

 

 

Nataliya Razumilava, MD

     Nataliya Razumilava, MD
     University of Michigan
     Research Project: Hedgehog Signaling Facilitates Metaplastic Transformation of the Biliary Tract

 

 

Irina Tikhanovich, PhD

     Irina Tikhanovich, PhD
     University of Kansas Medical Center
     Research Project: The role of Protein Arginine Methyltransferase 1 in Innate Immunity

 

 

The 2016 AASLD Foundation Pinnacle Research Awards are made possible through independent grants from AASLD, AbbVie, Gilead Sciences and donors to the AASLD Foundation.

 

2016 Career Development Award in Liver Transplantation

In Memory of the University of Michigan Transplant Team

Paulo Martins, MD, PhD

     Paulo Martins, MD, PhD
     University of Massachusetts Medical School
     Research Project: Optimization of Ischemic Liver Grafts with siRNA Gene Silencing Therapeutics During
     Machine Preservation

 

The 2016 Career Development Award in Liver Transplantation is made possible through an independent grant from Astellas Scientific & Medical Affairs and donors to the AASLD Foundation.

2016 Alan Hofmann Clinical and Translational Research Award in Liver Diseases

Z. Gordon Jiang, MD, PhD

     Z. Gordon Jiang, MD, PhD
     Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
     Research Project: Purinergic signaling in the fibrosis of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

 

 

The 2016 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.

 

2016 Clinical and Translational Research Award in Liver Diseases

Ryan Hlady, PhD

     Ryan Hlady, PhD
     Mayo Clinic Rochester
    Research Project: Deciphering the epigenome in hepatocellular carcinoma

 

 

Jessica Mellinger, MD

     Jessica Mellinger, MD, MSc
     University of Michigan
     Research Project: Improving Outcomes for Patients with Alcoholic Liver Disease

 

 

The 2016 Clinical and Translational Research Awards in Liver Diseases are made possible through independent grants from AASLD, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck and donors to the AASLD Foundation.

 

2016 AASLD/LIFER Clinical and Translational Research Fellowship in Liver Diseases Award

Juan Pablo Arab, MD

     Juan Pablo Arab, MD
     Mayo Clinic Rochester
     Research Project: Liver injury in alcoholic liver disease: exploring new modulators and biomarkers

 

 

The 2016 AASLD/LIFER Clinical and Translational Research Fellowship is made possible through independent grants from the Liver Institute and Foundation for Education and Research (LIFER), AASLD, and donors to the AASLD Foundation.

 

2016 Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowship

 

Veeral Ajmera, MD,

Veeral Ajmera, MD, MSc
University of California, San Francisco

 

Amon Asgharpour, MD

Amon Asgharpour, MD
VCU Medical Center

 

David Fetting, MD

David Fettig, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

Daniel Motola, MD, PhD

Arpan Mohanty, MBBS
Massachusetts General Hospital

 

Jonathan Stine, MD, MsC

Jonathan Stine, MD, MSc
University of Virginia

 

Amy Taylor, MD

Amy Taylor, MD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

The 2016 Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowships are made possible through independent grants from AASLD, Genentech, Gilead Sciences, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies, Merck, and donors to the AASLD Foundation.

 

2016 NP/PA Clinical Hepatology Fellowship

Lavinia Goldstein, PA

Lavinia Goldstein, PA
University of Miami

Crystal Halloran, PA-C

Crystal Halloran, PA-C
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Shannon Tucker, PA-C

Shannon Tucker, PA-C
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Karine LAuzon Gravel, CNS

Karine Lauzon Gravel, CNS
CHU Sainte-Justine

Czarina Sanchez, MSN, APRN, NP-C

Shane Keen, PA-C
University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center

The 2016 NP/PA Clinical Hepatology Fellowships are made possible through independent grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies, Merck, and donors to the AASLD Foundation.