The I.M. Rosenzweig Junior Investigator Award Winners​

The I.M. Rosenzweig Junior Investigator Award was established to encourage researchers to maintain and enhance their interest in PF research during the early stages of their academic career. 

The Albert Rose Established Investigator Award Winners

Created to allow established investigators to explore novel, innovative areas of research, the Albert Rose Established Investigator Award provides critical support to the development of new projects, and enables the investigator to pursue additional funding through the National Institutes of Health or other agencies. Two $50,000 grants are awarded per annual cycle, disbursed over a two-year period.

Koji Sakamoto, MD, PhD

Apr 19, 2021, 16:24 PM
Title : Koji Sakamoto, MD, PhD
First Name : Koji
Middle Name :
Last Name : Sakamoto, MD, PhD
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University : Nagoya University, Japan
Proposal Title : “The role of LincRNA FENDRR as a novel regulator of myofibroblast differentiation in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis”
Proposal Funder : the Jenny H. Krauss and Otto F. Krauss Charitable Foundation Trust, in memory of Stephen N. Dirks
Dr. Sakamoto is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine. After several years of clinical service in one of leading center for pulmonary fibrosis patients in the country, he earned his PhD, and subsequently finished postdoctoral training at Yale University. Currently

His research interests include dissecting unveiled epigenetic mechanisms of lung fibrogenesis by implementing high-throughput analytic methodology. In particular, he has been interested in characterizing the pathogenic role of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) as epigenetic disease regulators, and seeking the potential of lncRNAs as novel therapeutic targets. Besides his research activities in fibrogenesis biology, he has also established specialized clinic for pulmonary fibrosis patients to conduct clinical studies.