2020 Achievement Awards and Research Grant Recipients

Monday, June 1, 2020

The American Society of Transplantation (AST) announced the recipients of its 2020 Achievement Awards at the recent American Transplant Congress (ATC), which was held virtually on May 30 – June 1. The recipients were awarded for their achievements and contributions to the AST and the field of transplantation.

The AST also recognized its 2020 research grant recipients.

AST Achievement Awards

Senior Achievement Award

Jon A. Kobashigawa, MD

Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute

Mentoring Award

Christin Rogers Marks, PharmD BCPS FAST FCCP

Massachusetts General Hospital

Clinician of Distinction Award

Charlie Thomas, LCSW ACSW FNKF

Banner University Medical Center Phoenix

Basic Science Established Investigator Award

David M. Rothstein, MD

Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute

Clinical Science Established Investigator Award

Sandy Feng, MD PhD

University of California, San Francisco

Basic Science Investigator Award

Giuseppe Orlando, MD PhD

Marie Curie Fellow Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Clinical Science Investigator Award

Jayme E. Locke, MD MPH

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Basic Science Career Development Award

Madhav C. Menon, MBBS MD FACP

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Clinical Science Career Development Award

Marina Serper, MD MS

University of Pennsylvania

Research Grants 

2020 AST/Gift of Life Faculty Development Clinical Science Research Grant

Identifying System-Level Barriers to Living Donor Kidney Transplantation: A Comparative Case Analysis

Dr. Shaifali Sandal, MD, McGill University

Sponsored by Gift of Life

2020 AST/Bristol Myers Squibb Faculty Development Basic Science Research Grant

The Regulatory Role of Plasma Cells (as IL-10+ PCregs) is Counterbalanced by a NOVEL Inflammatory Role (as IL-17+ PCeff)

Dr. Qing Ding, MD PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb

2020 AST/Mallinckrodt Faculty Development Clinical Science Research Grant

Visceral Adipose Tissue and Frailty in Advanced Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Dr. Michaela Anderson, MD MS, Columbia University

Sponsored by Mallinckrodt

2020 AST/Robert P. and Mariana R. Scripps Family Foundation in memory of Adam R. Scripps

Fellowship Clinical Science Research Grant Association of Calcineurin Inhibitors with Chronic Kidney Disease after Non-Renal Solid Organ Transplantation in Children

Dr. Ana Catalina Alvarez Elias, MD, MSc, The Hospital for Sick Children

Sponsored by Robert P. and Mariana R. Scripps Family Foundation

2020 AST/CSL Behring Fellowship Basic Science Research Grant

Role of Eosinophils in Tissue Repair after Hepatic ischemia Reperfusion Injury

Dr. Yang Yang, Ph.D., McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center

Sponsored by CSL Behring

2020 AST Fellowship Basic Science Research Grant

Novel Role of Qa-1, a Murine Homolog of HLA-E, in Controlling Follicular Helper T Cells during Alloimmune Response

Dr. John Choi, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Sponsored by AST Research Network 

2019 AST Fellowship Basic Science Research Grant

Role of IdeS in Depletion of Igg to Reduce Antibody Mediated Graft Damage in Non-Human Primate Liver Xenotransplantation

Dr. Taylor Coe, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital

Sponsored by AST Research Network