Dr. Alex Gifford Selected for 2016 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation PACE Award
Dartmouth Lung Biology Center researcher Dr. Alex Gifford has been chosen to participate in the Program for Adult Care Excellence (PACE) by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The PACE initiative is designed to expand the scope of adult care programs and increase the number of adult caregivers who understand the health problems and needs of this population. The award will enable Dr. Gifford to continue his career development as a clinician-scientist in the Dartmouth community over the next three years. Dr. Gifford joins Dr. Alix Ashare, Director of the New Hampshire Cystic Fibrosis Center and Dartmouth Lung Biology Center researcher, as a local recipient of the PACE Award.
Dr. Deborah Hogan Selected as 2016 COBRE Independence Award Recipient
Dartmouth Lung Biology Center researcher Dr. Deborah Hogan has been selected as the 2016 COBRE Independence Award recipient by the National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research (NISBRE) Awards Committee. Professor Hogan has been recognized for her research, teaching, service, and mentorship excellence at Dartmouth. The COBRE Independence Award was established in 2006 to honor Dr. Thomas Maciag, an internationally recognized cell and vascular biologist. It honors individuals who exemplify his ideals of research excellence and commitment to mentoring, and who have established independence through a COBRE program. Dr. Hogan will be recognized as the 2016 COBRE Mentoring Awardee at the 2016 NISBRE June 26-28 meeting and will give an oral presentation. Click here for Geisel Insider story on Dr. Hogan's receipt of the award and her accomplishments.
Great Strides Walk Raises Over $12,700 for CF Research
Together, friends and family of Cystic Fibrosis patients, CF researchers, and DHMC staff raised over $12,700 for the Hanover 2016 Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis event. The walk was kicked off by a beautiful speech by Meghan, who reminded us why our fundraising and support is important and how research funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation positively impacted her life. Walkers enjoyed refreshments generously donated by Lou's, Dazzle Cupcakes, and Moe's. All funds donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation support research for drug development and a cure to this devastating disease. We look forward to seeing everyone at next year's Great Strides event!
Literature Review Published by Dr. Juliette Madan
Dr. Juliette Madan, Division of Pediatrics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, has published a literature review, "Neonatal gastrointestinal and respiratory microbiome in cystic fibrosis: potential interactions and implications for systemic health". Click here for link to the article. The review also was highlighted on the MDLinx website.
6th Annual Cystic Fibrosis Retreat Held at Dartmouth
The 6th annual Dartmouth Cystic Fibrosis Retreat was held on March 22 at the Hanover Inn in Hanover, NH. More than 100 people attended. The goal of the retreat is to bring together basic- and physician-scientists with clinicians and with members of pharma and biotech to talk about all aspects of science and care related to CF. This is a regional meeting drawing investigators from across New England. The Dartmouth CF retreat was generously sponsored by Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
Lung Biology Center 2016 Pilot Awards
The Dartmouth Lung Biology Center requests applications for Pilot Project Program (P^3) Awards. We seek to fund basic, translational, and clinical research that will advance the understanding and treatment of lung disease, strengthen interdisciplinary faculty interactions, and leverage extramural funding opportunities. Deadline: April 8, 2016. For details, please see the RFA 2016 announcement.
$15 Million Gift to the Dartmouth Cystic Fibrosis Research Program
A generous donor has given $15 million to the Dartmouth CF Research Program to increase Dartmouth's expertise in systems biology, bioinformatics, and microbial pathogenesis in CF. According to Bruce A. Stanton, Ph.D., Director of the CF Research Program at Dartmouth, "This magnanimous gift to our CF Research Program will strengthen, intensify and expand our research efforts to identify personalized cures for every CF patient. The generosity of this donor will benefit generations and generations of people who live with CF every day. With this gift, Dartmouth has the opportunity to take CF research and treatment to levels undreamed of even a decade ago. Because the disease is unique for each patient, there is a growing emphasis on developing innovative, personalized treatments. Dartmouth will create a research program with the ambitious goal of developing novel therapeutics for all cystic fibrosis patients and eliminating fungal and bacterial lung infections. For more information on the gift, see coverage in Dartmouth Now and the Geisel News Center.
New Machine-Learning Technique Can be Applied to Study of Pseudomonas aeruginosa
There are now vast quantities of data that are uploaded and made available but rarely used. A collaboration between Deborah Hogan, Associate Professor in Microbiology and Immunology and Dartmouth Lung Biology Center Researcher and Casey Greene, Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a former Dartmouth Lung Biology Center Researcher, developed a method to make these data useful to researchers. Their application of this method to the study of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a major challenge for individuals with Cystic Fibrosis, has been published in the journal mSystems. For more information, see Penn Medicine News Release and the paper ADAGE-Based Integration of Publicly Available Pseudomonas aeruginosa Gene Expression Data with Denoising Autoencoders Illuminates Microbe-Host Interactions.
A Microbiome is Borne - Science Friday
"A baby in the womb is protected from most microorganisms. But when that baby enters the outside world, it's greeted by a welcoming committee of bacteria. Now, researchers are trying to sort out what effect factors like an infant's delivery method and early diet have on its community of microorganisms. Juliette Madan and Anne Hoen, two authors of a paper published recently in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, say that developing a better understanding of the infant microbiome could one day lead to healthier babies." Click here for more information on "A Microbiome is Born".