2013 Award Recipients

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


Allied Health

2013 ARTrust Mini Grant
$6,100 over one year
Emily C. Weiler

“Investigation of Dust Mites in Indoor Residential Environments in the Northern Rocky Mountains”
University of Montana

“Through this generous award from the ARTrust, I am able to further our knowledge of the presence of dust mites in rural Montana, and continue to help allergy and asthma sufferers throughout the region.”



2013 ARTrust Mini Grant
$10,000 over one year
Artemio M. Jongco III, MD, PhD, MPH

“Exploring Neutrophil Dysfunction in X-Linked Agammaglobulinemia”
Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York
Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

“I am honored to receive the ARTrust Mini Grant Award, which will enable me to explore neutrophil dysfunction in patients with X-linked agammaglobulinemia. This award will help me pursue and develop an independent research program as a young investigator.”

2013 ARTrust Mini Grant
$10,000 over one year
Joshua L. Kennedy, MD

“PMN-Derived Protease Metabolism of IL-33 in Response to Rhinovirus Amplifies Allergic Inflammation”
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

“I am honored to receive the ARTrust Mini-grant Award.  With this award, I hope to discover the mechanisms by which rhinovirus exacerbates asthma, particularly focused on the synergy and amplification that rhinovirus has on allergic responses in asthma.”

Medical School Faculty

2013 HOPE APFED /ARTrust™ Pilot Grant Award Medical School Faculty
$140,000 over two years
Seema Sharma Aceves, MD, PhD, FAAAAI

“Novel Epithelial Markers for Tissue Fibrosis in Pediatric Eosinophilic Esophagitis”
University of Califronia San Diego

"I am sincerely honored to have received the ART/APFED HOPE Pilot grant. This prestigious and generous award will help us to better understand if epithelial markers in pediatric eosinophilic esophagitis can predict esophageal remodeling severity. With this information, we hope to pursue novel therapeutic markers and interventions."

2013 ARTrust™ Faculty Development Award Medical School Faculty
$300,000 over three years
Patricia C. Fulkerson, MD, PhD

“Regulation of Eosinophil Progenitors by Toll-Like Receptors”
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

“I am truly honored to have received this prestigious award to further develop my research program focused on understanding the biology of the eosinophil progenitor. Our proposed studies investigate the interface between innate immune responses and eosinophil production with the aim of identifying therapeutic targets that will permit manipulation of eosinophil progenitors in the bone marrow of patients with eosinophilic disorders.”

2013 ARTrust Mini Grant
$12,000 over one year
Mark C. Glaum, MD, PhD, FAAAAI

“Molecular Quantification of Tree Pollen by qPCR”
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital

“The ARTrust Mini Grant Award will allow me to explore the reliability of using modern molecular techniques to quantify tree pollen allergen as compared to traditional pollen counting methods.”

2013 ARTrust Mini Grant
$12,000 over one year
Sarah K. Nicholas, MD

“Adoptive Transfer of Anti-Viral Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes to Improve Outcomes in Primary Immunodeficiency Patients with T and NK Cell Defects”
Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital

2013 ARTrust Mini Grant
$12,000 over one year
Sharmilee M. Nyenhuis, MD

“Polyunsaturated Lysophosphatidic Acid As a Potential Asthma Biomarker in Exhale Breath Condensates”
University of Illinois at Chicago

"I am honored to be a recipient of this prestigious award. This award will expand our knowledge of lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) in asthma and provide the basis for the development of a non-invasive biomarker and new targets for asthma therapy."

2013 ARTrust Mini Grant
$1,000 over one year
Kirk H. Waibel, MD, FAAAAI

“Immunological and Clinical Assessment of Cluster Immunotherapy During Allergen Immunotherapy Refill Dosing”
San Antonio Military Medical Center

“I would like to thank the ARTrust and the AAAAI for their generosity and support for this award. As a practicing allergist, I am excited to delve into aspects of allergen immunotherapy that will be both immunologically and clinically relevant.”

Private Practice

2013 ARTrust Mini Grant
$15,000 over one year
Miguel J. Lanz, MD FAAAAI

“The Use of Nebulized Budesonide in Eosinophilic Esophagitis to Reveal Reduction of Exhaled Nitric Oxide and Eosinophil Counts in Esophageal Biopsies”
AAADRS Clinical Research Center

“It is with distinct honor that I accept this ARTrust Mini Grant that will support my clinical investigation for a noninvasive marker to measure disease activity and remission for a distinct population of children with EoE. I eagerly anticipate in completing this real world study to further elucidate the treatment options for our patients with EoE.”


Past Award Recipients

AAAAI - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology