2014 Award Recipients

Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Education and Research Organization, Inc. (ARTrustTM)


2014 ARTrust Gail G. Shapiro Clinical Faculty Award

$150,00 paid over 3 years
Michelle I. Hernandez, MD

“Measurement of Asthma Control in African American Adolescents with Asthma Using the ACT”
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

“I am truly honored to have received the ARTrust Gail G. Shapiro Clinical Faculty Award.  This prestigious award will help us determine if the Asthma Control Test is a valid instrument to assess asthma control in African American adolescents presenting to different practice settings.  With this information, we can improve the quality of asthma clinical care and clinical research for this high-risk patient population.”

2014 Hope APFED/ARTrust Pilot Grant Award

$140,000 paid over 2 years

Michiko Oyoshi, PhD, MSc

“Mechanisms of Eosinophil Recruitment to Esophagitis Driven By Cutaneous Sensitization”
Boston Children’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School

“I am truly grateful and humbled by the distinguished privilege to receive Hope APFED ARTrust Pilot Grant award. This generous support by APFED and ARTrust will be indispensable for the next few critical years of my carrier as a scientist, and will encourage me to continue pursuing my scientific goals of defining the mechanisms whereby cutaneous sensitization via disrupted skin barrier with food allergen promotes allergic inflammation of the esophagus, with even greater passion. “

2014 ARTrust Mini Grant

Allied Health

$10,000 paid over 1 year
Karen Rance, DNP RN CPNP AE-C

“Implementing a Statewide Asthma Management Plan in Indiana”
 Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition

“I am honored to receive this prestigious award on behalf of the Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition.  This grant will support the training and implementation of Indiana’s first-ever statewide asthma action plan.”

2014 ARTrust Mini Grant

Allied Health

$9,600 paid over 1 year
Maureen Damitz, AE-C

“Asthma Community Advisory Board for Chicago”
Chicago Asthma Consortium
“The Chicago Asthma Consortium is grateful to have received the ARTrust Mini Grant Award.  This award will allow us to develop the Community Advisory Board to work more closely with the asthma research community in Chicago.”

2014 ARTrust Mini Grant

Medical School Faculty

$11,727 paid over 1 year
Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, FAAAAI

 “Establishing Epigenetics Differences between Itreg and Ntreg”
Stanford University

“We are extremely grateful to ARTrust for supporting our efforts to quantify in vivo human iTregs through their epigenetic signature and explore their role in immune tolerance.”

2014 ARTrust Mini Grant

Medical School Faculty

$15,000 paid over 1 year
Jennifer Leiding, MD

“Investigation of Endothelial Dysfunction as Measured by Endothelial Adhesion Markers in Chronic Granulomatous Disease”
University of South Florida

2014 ARTrust Mini Grant

Fellow in Training

$15,000 paid over 1 year
Yamini Virkud, MD, MA

“Predictors of Adverse Events Associated with Peanut Oral Immunotherapy”
Massachusetts General Hospital

“I am honored to receive the ARTrust MiniGrant, which will allow me to investigate and hopefully improve the safety of peanut oral immunotherapy.”

2014 ARTrust Mini Grant

Fellow in Training

$15,000 paid over 1 year
David Morris, MD

“Characterization of Eosinophil Progenitors in the Peripheral Blood of Pediatric Patients with Active Eosinophilic Esophagitis”
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

“I am honored to receive the ARTrust FIT mini-grant.  This award will provide resources which will help to propel my research career to the next level.”

ARTrust/TMS Research Award in Mastocytosis and/or Mast Cell Activation Syndrome  

$60,000 paid over 1 year
Tanya Laidlaw, MD
“Characterization of a Novel Growth and Survival Factor for Human Mast Cells”
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

“Through this generous award from the ARTrust/TMS, we hope to characterize a novel growth factor for human mast cells. This information would advance mast cell biology in general and may lead to improved treatments for disorders associated with mast cell hyperplasia.”

ARTrust/Food Allergy Research & Education, Inc. Howard Gittis Memorial 3rd/4th Year Fellowship/Junior Faculty Research Award

$88,000 paid over 2 years (The award is funded by an unrestricted educational grant from the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE).
Emily McGowan, MD
“Folic Acid Supplementation: A Risk Factor for the Development of Food Allergy?”
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Past Award Recipients

AAAAI - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology