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ME Alumnus wins Early Career Investigator Award

ME Alumnus wins Early Career Investigator Award

Dr. Esra Roan

UC ME Alumnus, Dr. Esra Roan, has received an Early Career Investigator Award from The American Thoracic Society Foundation to help promote her research into new medical therapies for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

Dr. Roan completed her PhD in 2007 under Dr. Kumar Vemaganti and has gone on to the University of Memphis where she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Congratulations to Dr. Roan for this significant achievement and to Dr. Vemaganti for his mentorship and support.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ATS Foundation Awards Esra Roan, PhD $40,000 in Bridge Funding

University of Cincinnati alumna Esra Roan, PhD (2007 PhD, Mechanical Engineering), has received an Early Career Investigator Award from the American Thoracic Society Foundation to aid her investigation into new medical therapies for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

ARDS is a severe and life threatening syndrome in the lungs that is characterized by inflammation, hypoxia, and multiple organ failure. The condition has a 40-60% death rate if left
untreated.

Dr. Roan, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Memphis in Tennessee, will use the $40,000 grant and her engineering background to improve understanding of the biophysical forces that contribute to ARDS, which is a major first step in identifying effective new treatments. She hopes that her research will inform new physiologic or pharmacologic strategies directed towards protecting the lung lining and promoting its repair at the onset of ARDS, which may prevent the syndrome from becoming life-threatening.

Dr. Roan is one of the recipients of the ATS Foundation’s Early Career Investigator Awards. The awards were initiated to counter the effects of federal government budget cuts on the next generation of scientists in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. As a result of sequestration the National Institutes of Health can fund only six percent of research applications it receives.

The ATS Foundation has granted $280,000 in research awards to support early career investigators like Dr. Roan whose work is deemed highly meritorious by the NIH but is unfunded. The goal of the award is to enable these young researchers to continue their initial research so that they may reapply with an even stronger application to NIH or other funders.

“The award of this grant will have an enormous impact on the early stages of my career in pulmonary research. Specifically, this funding will allow me to continue research and to obtain the preliminary results needed towards future applications at a time when funding rates remain low,” Dr. Roan confirms. 

The ATS Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization established in 2004 to raise funds for the ATS Foundation Research Program. The Research Program provides awards to young investigators striving to discover cures and treatments for a range of pulmonary diseases, critical care illnesses, and sleep disorders.

For more information about the ATS Foundation awards and grants, and to explore partnership opportunities to support research, please contact Alyssa Chase, senior manager of the ATS Research Program, at achase@throacic.org or 212-315-8696. Visit us at foundation.thoracic.org.