TSF awards new grants to support research and education programs in cardiothoracic surgery

TSF awards new grants to support research and education programs in cardiothoracic surgery

Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor) Feb 16 2020 The Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF)-;the charitable arm of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)- has awarded 29 new grants totaling $1,047,500 in support of research and education programs in cardiothoracic surgery. These grants will help advance treatment options for patients with heart and lung diseases and offer much-needed assistance to underserved patients in developing countries, including Armenia, Honduras, India, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, and Sub Saharan Africa. In June, the Foundation plans to distribute educational and travel scholarship awards for cardiothoracic surgeons, making its 2020 award total $1,127,500. Choosing the grant recipients was a tough decision; many worthy funding applications were received, and the selected 29 rose to the top. The results from these projects will help us understand more about the biology and treatment of heart and lung diseases. The contributions of these award recipients to cardiothoracic surgery and our patients will be significant." Joseph E. Bavaria, MD, TSF President The TSF Board of Directors voted unanimously to support the following projects for 2020: Research Feredun S. Azari, MD, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, "Tumor-Associated Neutrophils (TANs) – A Key Player in the Tumor Microenvironment?", TSF Resident Research Fellowship Award, $60,000 Renee M. Cholyway, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University, "Mitochondrial Transfusion to Recover Function in Donor After Circulatory Death Hearts", Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA) Resident Research Award, $48,000 Keith A. Dufendach, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, "Weakly Supervised Machine Learning for Automated Transthoracic Echocardiogram Interpretation", TSF Resident Research Fellowship Award, $60,000 David Kalfa, MD, PhDThe Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York"Development of an Innovative Biomimetic Patch to Improve the Durability of Valve Repairs"TSF Research Award, $80,000 Ian A. Makey, MD, Mayo Clinic, "Atrial Trans-Septal ECMO Cannulation", TSF Research Award, $40,000 Cynthia L. Miller, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, "Induction of Heart Allograft Tolerance in Cynomolgus Macaques via En Bloc Thymus Transplantation", Nina Starr Braunwald Research Fellowship Award, $60,000 Navyatha Mohan, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, "Leveraging Machine Learning Algorithms to Develop Risk Models in Cardiac Surgery", Nina Starr Braunwald Research Fellowship Award, $30,000 Albert C. Pai, MD, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, "Effects of Severe Lung Injury from Airway Stem Cell Implantation", TSF Resident Research Fellowship Award, $30,000 Parth M. Patel, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital/Emory University, "Achieving Tolerance in NHP Heart Transplant Recipients with Donor Exosomes", TSF Resident Research Fellowship Award, $30,000 Adam C. Soloff, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, "Enhancing the Functionality of T cells for Next Generation Adoptive Cell Transfer Therapy for Advanced Lung Cancer", American Lung Association/TSF Lung Cancer Research Award, $80,000 Related Stories



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