Barst Fund Award Winners

Grants from the Barst Fund provide support for one-year mentorship awards for young physician-researchers in the field of pediatric pulmonary hypertension (PH). Grantees will be expected to engage with an experienced mentor who is able to provide oversight and training in pediatric PH treatment, management and research. In addition, grantees will complete a proof of concept research project. These novel projects, combined with experienced mentor/mentee collaboration, are expected to significantly advance the young researcher’s knowledge, and ultimately, the field of pediatric PH.

Since 2013, PHA has supported ten pediatric PH researchers with Barst grants, and we hope to continue to further our understanding of pediatric PH by continuing to support such novel efforts in the field.

2018

Michael L. O’Byrne, M.D., MSCE, MD “Multidimensional evaluation of health-related quality of life in pediatric pulmonary hypertension”
London A. Lotarski Pediatric PH Research & Mentoring Grant

Dec. 1, 2018 – Nov. 30, 2019
Assistant Professor – CE (Pediatrics)
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
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2016

Meghan Bernier, MD Meghan Bernier, MDLOX-1: A Therapeutic Target for Pulmonary Hypertension in Lung Endothelium”

Christen White Cranford Pediatric PH Research and Mentoring Grant

Dec. 1, 2016 – Nov. 30, 2016
T32 Research Fellow
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
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Rachel Hopper, MD Rachel Hopper, MD “Comprehensive Analysis of Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia”

Dec. 1, 2016 – Nov. 30, 2016
Attending Physician
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
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Sheila Krishnan, DO Sheila Krishnan, DO “Hypoxia-dependent Epigenetic Modifications in the Pulmonary Vasculature”

Cordelia’s Pediatric PH Research and Mentoring Grant

Dec. 1, 2016 – Nov. 30, 2016
Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellow
Indiana University
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2015

David Brian Frank, MD, PhD David Brian Frank, MD, PhD“Wnt signaling progenitor cells in late lung development, regeneration, and repair”

The Matthew and Michael Wojciechowski Pediatric PH Research & Mentoring Grant

Dec. 1, 2015 – Nov. 30, 2016
Instructor/T32 Grant Trainee, Cardiology
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania
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Vitaly Oleg Kheyfets, PhD Vitaly Oleg Kheyfets, PhD“The Cause and Effect of Decreased Wall Shear Stress in Pediatric Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension”

Cordelia’s Pediatric PH Research and Mentoring Grant

Dec. 1, 2015 – Nov. 30, 2016
Assistant Research Professor, Medicine
University of Colorado Denver|Anschutz Medical Campus
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Kara Nicole Goss, MD Kara Nicole Goss, MD“Right ventricular-pulmonary vascular interactions following postnatal hyperoxia exposure”

The Joel Belt Pediatric PH Research and Mentoring Grant

Dec. 1, 2015 – Nov. 30, 2016
Assistant Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care
University of Wisconsin
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2014

Rebecca Johnson Kameny, MD Rebecca Johnson Kameny, MD“Right Ventricular Performance in Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension and Congenital Heart Disease”

Cordelia’s Pediatric PH Research and Mentoring Grant

Dec. 1, 2014- Nov. 30, 2015
University of California, San Francisco
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2013

Melanie Nies, MD Melanie Nies, MD“Pulmonary Hypertension Biomarkers”

The Matthew and Michael Wojciechowski Pediatric PH Research and Mentoring Grant

Dec. 1, 2013- Nov. 30, 2014
Johns Hopkins University
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Mehdi Fini, MD Mehdi Fini, MD“Role of Xanthine Oxidoreductase-Uric Acid Axis in Hypoxia Induced Pulmonary Hypertension”

Cordelia’s Pediatric PH Research and Mentoring Grant

Dec. 1, 2013- Nov. 30, 2014
University of Colorado Denver
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