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2011 American Liver Foundation Research Awards

April 2011, ALF announed the winners of its 2011 Research Awards.

2011 Research Awards Announcement

In April 2011, the American Liver Foundation announced the winners of its 2011 Research Awards Program.Sixteen scientists representing eleven medical and research institutions were awarded $1,350,000 to support their research in the areas of cystic fibrosis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, liver development, biliary atresia, cellular transplantation, liver cancer, hepatitis C, autoimmune hepatitis, liver fibrosis, liver regeneration and liver carcinogenesis.

Since the inception of its Research Awards Program, the American Liver Foundation has provided more than $24 million in funding to nearly 750 award recipients.

The American Liver Foundation is proud to support these research efforts and hopeful that they will bring us closer to finding cures for liver disease.

2011 Research Awards Program
Awards and Awardees


AASLD/ALF Liver Scholar
Donghun Shin, PhD

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Mechanisms Regulating Early Liver Development: Liver Specification and Hepatic Competence
Mentor: Satdarshan P. Singh Monga, MD

AASLD/ALF Liver Scholar
Pranavkumar Shivakumar, MPharm, PhD

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH
Activation of complement system regulates epithelial injury and obstruction in biliary atresia
Mentor: Jorge A. Bezerra, MD

AASLD/ALF Liver Scholar
Jessica Wen, MD

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Mechanisms of Liver Fibrosis in Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis
Mentor: Rebecca Wells, MD

American Liver Foundation Liver Scholar
Romina Fiorotto, PhD

Yale University
New Haven, CT
Dysregulation of TLR4-dependent epithelial innate immunity in cystic fibrosis cholangiopathy
Mentor: Mario Strazzabosco, MD, PhD

American Liver Foundation Liver Scholar
Eek Joong Park, PhD

University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Contribution of mTOR and autophagy signaling to obesity-promoted hepatocarcinogenesis
Mentor: David Brenner, MD


American Liver Foundation PSC Seed Grant
Bertus Eksteen, PhD
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Role of Glypican-6 in Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis


Charles Trey, MD Memorial Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Antonio Sorrentino, PhD

University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Discovery and pre-clinical development of microRNA therapeutics targeting liver cancer
Mentor: Andrei Goga, MD, PhD

Herman Lopata Memorial Hepatitis Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Selena Sagan PhD

Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Investigating a protective role for miR-122 in the life cycle of Hepatitis C virus
Mentor: Peter Sarnow, PhD

Hans Popper Memorial Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Tomonori Aoyama, MD, PhD

University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Regulation of liver macrophages in liver fibrogenesis
Mentor: David Brenner, MD

Sunflowers for Holli Autoimmune Hepatitis Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
David Assis, MD

Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT
The role of Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor (MIF) in Autoimmune Hepatitis
Mentor: James Boyer, MD

Alexander M. White, III Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Frank DiPaola, MD

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH
The role of peribiliary glands in development and repair of extrahepatic bile ducts
Mentor: Jorge Bezerra, MD

Roger L. Jenkins, MD Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Michel Fausther, PhD

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, AR
Dysregulation of CD73/ecto-5’-nucleotidase in liver fibrosis
Mentor: Jonathan Dranoff, MD

Irwin M. Arias, MD Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Andrew Cox, PhD

Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
Role of nitric oxide signaling in liver development and regeneration in zebrafish
Mentor: Wolfram Goessling, MD, PhD

Congressman John Joseph Moakley Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Baran Ersoy, PhD

Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA
Regulation of Hepatic Glucose Homeostasis by Phosphatidylcholine-Transfer Protein (PC-TP) and Thioesterase Superfamily Member 2 (Them2)
Mentor: David Cohen, MD, PhD

Tim Sylvia Memorial Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award
Hisashi Kosaka, MD, PhD

Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, MA
Mechanisms of Hepatic Adhesion Formation
Mentor: James Becker, MD

Thomas E. Starzl, MD Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Moritz Schmelzle, MD

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
Platelet activation triggered by CD39L1/NTPDase2 facilitates stem cell-mediated liver regeneration
Mentor: Simon Robson, MD, PhD, FRCP

Page updated: August 4th, 2011


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