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Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis and American Thoracic Society Announce Recipients of 2009-10 Research Awards
Date:2/4/2009

eks to determine the extent of EMT in bleomycin induced pulmonary fibrosis and identify the phenotypic differences between EMT derived and non-EMT derived fibroblasts, and investigate the role of EMT in the lungs. Acquiring knowledge regarding the origins of lung fibroblasts and specific phenotypic characteristics of subtypes of this cell population will improve understanding of the biology of fibrotic remodeling and hopefully will lead to development of new targeted therapies for IPF and other fibrotic lung diseases.

The ATS/CPF Partnership Grants for Pulmonary Fibrosis were established in 2006. Previous awards include:

  • $100,000, two-year award from 2007-2008 to Sonye K. Danoff, M.D., Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. "VEGF: Marker or mediator of lung injury in pulmonary fibrosis?" is testing the hypothesis that locally elevated levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in the lungs of patients with autoimmune pulmonary fibrosis contribute to disease progression.
  • $100,000, two-year award from 2008-2009 to Andrew M. Tager, M.D. of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. "Mechanisms of Fibrosis Driven by Lysophosphatidic Acid (LPA) and its Receptor LPA1" is investigating the role of Lysophosphatidic Acid (LPA) and its cognate receptor LPA1 in lung injury and fibroproliferation.

About the ATS/CPF Partnership Grant for Pulmonary Fibrosis

Established in 2006, the ATS/CPF partnership grants are selected through a rigorous peer-review application process administered by ATS. Awards are selected from a series of applications in the areas of basic, clinical, genetic, and translational research that focus on identifying new approaches to understanding or treating pulmonary fibrosis. The partnership has led to $400,000 in new grants through 2008. The initial application deadline for th
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