education & mentoring awards

Pulmonary Division Endowment Mini-grants 

Over the past few years, the Division has been given endowment funds to support various avenues of research. As these endowments generate income, we offer Fellows the opportunity to propose a project for endowment support.

By establishing a mini-grant program, the Division will acknowledge donor’s contributions, provide donor’s with tangible results from their investments, and demonstrate a commitment to honoring the donor’s intended purpose.

Two or three pilot projects (budgets of approximately $3000) will be funded for projects that can be conducted within the fellowship period. Priority will be given to applications to obtain preliminary data that will be used for subsequent extramural funding applications. The review committee is comprised of Len, Mark and Robb who will review applications and make selections.

Recipients will be expected to acknowledge the funding source in subsequent presentations and to communicate progress directly with the donor when appropriate.

Endowments have been established both for general respiratory disease research and for the following specific areas of focus:

• Asthma
• Cancer
• ILD/Pulmonary Fibrosis

Please send your proposals to Nina Beal for consideration – the application should be no more than 3 pages in length, provide an overview of the proposed work including significance to the overall research training plan, and a budget.

Applications are accepted annually during the month of February.

Questions about the process should be directed to Nina Beal ( or 685-8436)

The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine has awarded the following mini-grants to Senior Fellows in the Division with funding from:

The Clayton F. Steward Endowed Research Fund
The Gilbert C. and Eileen V. Mills Endowed Fund
The Glen Hyatt Estate Fund for IPF
The Margaret Manley Carter Endowed Fund for ALI/ARDS Research


Chi Hung, MD
FOXD1 Pericyte Transcriptional Response Injury

Sarah Jolley, MD
Perceptions of the use of Physical Activity in the Intensive Care Unit in Hospitals Caring for Mechanically Ventilated Patients across Washington State ICU Mobility across the ARDS Network: Point Prevalence Study

Elizabeth Parsons, MD
Insomnia and Functional Recovery after Acute Lung Injury

Matthew Giannandrea, PhD
Defining the Protective Role of ApoE within the Lung

Erin Kross, MD
Quality of communication by the healthcare team with family members of patients surviving ALI

Carmen Mikacenic, MD
Determination of Regulatory T Cell Phenotype in Human Acute Lung Injury

T. Eoin West, MD, MPH
Burden of Acute Lung Injury in Cambodia

Lindy S. Klaff, MD
Pulmonary fibrosis in vitamin D deficient mice: an exploratory study

Laura M. Cecere, MD
The Effect of Obesity on Outcomes among Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Michael Bundesmann, MD
New Pathways for Matrix Remodeling in Lung Injury

Sean Gill, PhD
TIMP3 is Required to Control Pulmonary Fibrosis Following Injury

Christopher Slatore, MD
Lung Cancer and Critical Care: Mortality and Costs

Sean Gill, PhD
The Protective Role of TIMP3 in Acute Lung Injury

Colin R. Cooke, MD
Using Computerized Text Recognition to Identify Chest X-ray Reports Consistent with Acute Lung Injury

William J. Ehlenbach, MD
Effect of Critical Illness on Neurocognitive Function

Gregory E. Holt, MD, PhD
DNA Based Vaccines for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Anne B. Lipke, MD
Effect of Febrile-range Hyperthermia on Epithelial Apoptosis in Acute Lung Injury

Teresa Wagner, MD
Pilot Project to Investigate the Role of Alveolar Myofibroblasts in Lung Development

T. Eoin West, MD, MPH
Failure of Pulmonary Host Defense in Tularemia

Susanna Harju, PhD
Role of E-cadherin Glycosylation in Cleavage by Matrilysin

Cynthia De Ruiter, MD
Quality of Dying and Death in Lung Transplant Patients and the Development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Family Caregivers after their Death

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