PHA Research Award Winners

Since 2000, PHA has contributed over $14 million in funding to PH-specific research. Over 61 investigators have been supported through 8 independently reviewed research programs, including:

Robyn Barst Pediatric PH Research and Mentoring Program
Grants from the Barst Fund provide mentorship for young clinicians and researchers in the field of pediatric PAH. Grantees engage with an experienced mentor who is able to provide oversight and training in pediatric PAH treatment, management and research. In addition to the mentor component, grantees complete a proof of concept research project.

PHA/NHLBI Mentored Clinical Scientist Award (K08)/Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23)
This partnership with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides supplementary support for junior investigators who receive an NHLBI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) or a Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) for research in pulmonary hypertension. This is an active grant program for 2014.

Fellow Career Development
Fellowship Career Development Awards are designed to support the research of MD and PhD fellows undergoing training in PAH-directed research. Fellows are supported in the latter part of their training (typically after their second training year), in order to enhance their educational experience, advance discovery and promote careers in academia. Mentored projects addressing important areas of investigation in pulmonary medicine, critical care, and sleep-related disorders are encouraged.

Proof of Concept Research Grants
This program offers support for new research projects that are in the early exploratory and developmental stages and have the potential to lead to advances in the scientific understanding of PH. Projects often result in the development of data enabling the investigator to apply for a larger, hypotheses-driven research project. This is an active grant program for 2014.

Research Fellowship in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Historically a partnership between PHA and organizations such as the Foundation of the American Thoracic Society and Pfizer, Inc., this award enables new faculty-level investigators to make the transition to established investigators. Partnerships between junior and senior investigators are strongly encouraged and awards support novel studies of the diagnosis, pathogenesis, treatment or outcomes of pulmonary hypertension. This is an active grant program for 2014.

 

PHA Researcher Spotlight

Dr. Yinzhong Zhang

In addition to his research, Dr. Zhang participates in PHA events, including PHA's 9th International PH Conference and Scientific Sessions in 2010. “I was deeply touched by the PH patients,” he says. “Their love of life drives me to work hard on my research, and I hope my results can really help them in the future.” 

Read Dr. Zhang's story

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