PULMONARY FIBROSIS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2014 RESEARCH FUND TO CURE PULMONARY FIBROSIS AWARD RECIPIENTS

Aug 15, 2014, 10:31 AM
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Awards help foster innovation and collaboration

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) is pleased to announce recipients of the 2014 Established Investigator and Young Investigator Awards.

A key part of the PFF’s mission is to fund research that will enhance pulmonary fibrosis (PF) patient care and identify potential treatment for the disease. The Research Fund to Cure Pulmonary Fibrosis was created to fund innovative grants for projects that may improve the understanding of PF.

The Research Fund to Cure Pulmonary Fibrosis supports two funds that are awarded each year: the Albert Rose Established Investigator Award and the I.M. Rosenzwieg Junior Investigator Award. Launched in 2012, these awards support projects that work toward a better understanding of PF and encourage collaboration between industry and academic researchers. Each grant underwent a peer review process that was administered by the PFF’s Research Advisory Committee. Each award recipient will receive a $50,000 grant that is distributed over two years. These awards are made possible by private gifts to the PFF and generous sponsorships, indicated below.

Albert Rose Established Investigator Award
The Albert Rose Established Investigator Award is named for PFF co-founder Albert Rose and provides support to established investigators to develop new projects that explore innovative areas of research. This year’s award recipients and titles of their research proposals are:
 
Stijn De Langhe, PhD
National Jewish Health
Title: Role of Wnt and FGF signaling in alveolar epithelial regeneration after bleomycin injury

Brian Zabel, PhD              
Palo Alto Institute for Research and Education, Inc.
Title: Role of Chemerin and its Receptors in TGF-beta-induced Experimental Pulmonary Fibrosis
Funded by Boehinger Ingelheim

I.M. Rosenzweig Junior Investigator Award
The I.M. Rosenzweig Junior Investigator Award is named for PFF co-founder Mike Rosenzweig and provides support to researchers in the early stages of their academic careers that may maintain and enhance their interest in PF. This year’s award recipients and titles of their research proposals are:

Jung-Whan (Jay) Kim, DVM, PhD
University of Texas at Dallas
Title: Evaluation of Hypoxia-inducible Factor-1 (HIF-1) Signaling as Anti-fibrosis Therapy

Elizabeth Redente, PhD
National Jewish Health
Title: Mechanisms of TNF-alpha Mediated Resolution of Pulmonary Fibrosis
Funded by InterMune, Inc.

Chiko Shimbori, PhD
McMaster University
Title: The Role of Mast Cells in Pathophysiology of Pulmonary Fibrosis
Funded by InterMune, Inc.

The PFF seeks an increase in funding opportunities for PF research through additional strategic partnerships with key industry leaders, governmental agencies and other foundations as well as through the generosity of individuals. It is anticipated that the initial investment by the PFF will spur growth in research funding in the field.

In addition, the PFF Patient Registry and PFF Care Center Network (CCN) are two recently launched programs that will provide a unique infrastructure to expand research initiatives.

“The CCN is a group of centers that are working together to provide a standardized and comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the care of patients with fibrotic lung disease,” said Steering Committee Chairman, PFF Care Center Network and PFF Patient Registry, Kevin R. Flaherty, MD, MS.  The collaboration of these nine sites will advance research and help determine best practices. The PFF Registry is collecting information from these nine pilot sites in order to better understand and study PF. The Registry gathers information from a larger and more diverse group of patients and caregivers to be examined.

Learn more about the PFF Research Fund to Cure Pulmonary Fibrosis and this year’s award recipients.

Learn more about the PFF Patient Registry and PFF Care Center Network.

For more information or questions, contact the PFF Patient Communication Center at 844.TALKPFF (844.825.5733) or pcc@pulmonaryfibrosis.org.
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