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Krishna Singh, MD, (left) and Tarun Chakravarty, MD

Chakravarty, Singh Receive Clinical Fellows Award

Tarun Chakravarty, MD, and Krishna Singh, MD, have received the 2013 Clinical Fellows Award for Excellence in Research at Cedars-Sinai. Each award carries a $3,000 cash prize.

The two investigators were honored May 16 at a presentation in Harvey Morse Auditorium. The award encourages clinical or laboratory-based translational research performed by clinical fellows during their fellowships at Cedars-Sinai. The annual award was first presented last year.

Chakravarty’s winning submission was "Stratification of Outcomes After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement According to Inoperability by Technical or Clinical Criteria: Results from the Randomized Controlled PARTNER Trial." His mentors were Rajendra (Raj) Makkar, MD, director of the Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, and Hasan Jilaihawi, MD.

Singh’s winning submission was "MicroRNA Expression Profiles in First Trimester Placents of Pregnancies Destined to Develop Severe Preeclampsia." Her mentors were Siegfried Rotmensch, MD, director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; John Williams III, MD, director of Reproductive Genetics in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Vincent Funari, PhD, director of the Genomics Core at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Genetics Institute.

The Burns and Allen Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai sponsored the award ceremony and luncheon.

The IRB numbers covering the human subjects for research referenced in this article are 12966, 25567 and 06806.

Geiderman to Lead Ethics Committee 
of Emergency Physicians Group

Joel M. Geiderman, MD, co-chair of the Cedars-Sinai Emergency Department, has been named 2013-14 chair of the Ethics Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Founded in 1968, ACEP represents more than 32,000 emergency physicians, residents and medical students.

It is the leading advocate for emergency physicians and their patients.

Heather Jones, MD

Joshua Pevnick, MD, MSHS

Jones, Pevnick Win Translational Scholar Awards

Two clinician-scientists have received this year's CTSI KL2 Translational Scholar Awards. The annual awards, from the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute, are part of a program to develop future leaders in clinical research.

The recipients are Heather Jones, MD, assistant professor of medicine, a member of the Arditi Laboratory in the Cedars-Sinai Infectious and Immunological Diseases Research Center and medical director of the Critical Care Intensivist Service in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; and Joshua Pevnick, MD, MSHS, an assistant professor of medicine and hospitalist in the Cedars-Sinai Inpatient Specialty Program.

Awardees receive three years of support for mentored, multidisciplinary, patient-oriented research and training.

Jones' winning submission was "Role of IL-1β and the NLRP3 Inflammasome in the Development of Hypoxemia in Acute Lung Injury."

Pevnick's winning submission was "Improving Accuracy of Medication Histories Obtained at Hospital Admission."

The KL2 Translational Scholar Awards are open to junior faculty, including clinical instructors and assistant professors, from CTSI partner institutions. Candidates must possess doctoral-level research or professional degrees and have the potential to lead multidisciplinary teams.

For more information on the KL2 Translational Scholar Awards Program, please click here.

The IRB number for human subjects referenced in this article is 00029201.

Lehman Receives Excellence in Education Award from Geffen School

Deborah Lehman, MD, associate director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, is a recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Education Award conferred by the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

She was honored at the school’s recent Hippocratic Oath Ceremony.

The award was established in 1991 to recognize outstanding dedication, innovation and sustained excellence in education.

Paul W. Noble, MD, holds his Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishments at the American Thoracic Society International Conference in Philadelphia. At right is Nicholas S. Hill, MD, past president of the American Thoracic Society.

Noble Wins Award From International Thoracic Society

Paul W. Noble, MD, chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Medicine and director of Women's Guild Lung Institute at Cedars-Sinai, has received the Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishments from the American Thoracic Society.

The award, presented May 20 at the 2013 American Thoracic Society International Conference in Philadelphia, honors "outstanding scientific contributions in basic or clinical research to the understanding, prevention and treatment of lung disease," according to the society.

A world leader in pulmonary medicine, Noble was appointed chair of the Department of Medicine last year. His areas of expertise include chronic lung inflammation and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. His research work, which has received major support from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, has focused on cellular and molecular mechanisms in these disorders.

Noble has been at the forefront of clinical trials aimed at developing potential treatments for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. His work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Nature Medicine and other top peer-reviewed journals. At the May 20 conference, he presented his latest research, "More than Glue: Matrix Regulation of Lung Inflammation and Fibrosis."