2015/2016 Research Grant Awards

Marit Hoeyberg Aure, PhD     
Postdoctoral fellow 
Center for Oral Biology
University of Rochester
Cell lineage analysis in lacrimal gland maintenance and repair
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Alan Nathaniel Baer, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine (Rheumatology)
John Hopkins University School of Medicine
Comprehensive analysis of antibodies in Sjögren’s using phage immunoprecipitation sequencing
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Maria C. Edman, PhD*
Research Associate
Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences 
University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy
Tear fluid and serum levels of Cathepsin S and its endogenous inhibitor Cystatin C as biomarkers for Sjögren’s 
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Markus Hardt, PhD*
Assistant Member of the Staff
Department of Applied Oral Sciences
The Forsyth Institute
Identification of proteolytic profiles diagnostic of Sjögren’s
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Petros Papagerakis, DDS, PhD
Assistant Professor of Dentistry
Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry
Clinical Significance of Circadian Rhythms Disruption in Sjögren’s Pathogenesis
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* - Signifies grants that were first awarded in 2015 and have been renewed for a second year in 2016.

 

2013/2014 Research Grant Award

Ana Paola Cotrim, DDS, PhD        
NIDCR – Molecular Physiology Branch, Sjögren’s Syndrome and Salivary Gland Translational Unit
Bethesda, Maryland
Immune-phenotyping and iPSC-related disease modeling in Sjögren's Syndrome
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Christopher Lessard, PhD

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation 
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Validation and Characterization of Long Non-coding RNAs in SS
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Klaas Max, PhD    

Rockefeller University, New York
New York, New York
Sjögren´s Antigens and Their Role in Stress Granule Formation, Apoptosis, RNA-release and Their Contribution Towards Autoimmunity
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2012 Research Grant Award 

Karsten Gronert, PhD
School of Optometry, Vision Science
Berkeley, California
Amplification of Intrinsic and Protective Ocular Surface Lipid Circuits as Novel Treatment Targets
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Maria Kukuruzinska, PhD
Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts
Functional  Role of the Hippo pathway in
Sjögren's Syndrome 
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Seshagiri Rao Nandula, PhD
School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Role of type 1 interferon signaling in the development of
Sjögren’s syndrome
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2011 Research Grant Award

Innovative Concept Grant Winner:

Michael J. Passineau, PhD
Allegheny-Singer Research Institute
West Penn Allegheny Health System
Pittsburgh, PA
Ultrasound-assisted gene transfer of IL17R:Fc to the salivary glands as a gene therapy for Sjögren's Syndrome
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Research Grant Winners:

Shen S. Hu, PhD
UCLA School of Dentistry
Los Angeles, CA
Interferon-Y induces immunoproteasome in human salivary gland cells  
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Melinda Larsen, PhD
The Research Foundation of SUNY
University at Albany,
Department of Biological Sciences
Albany, NY
Application of Multiplexing Technology to the Study of Sjögren’s Syndrome 
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Sunil Chuahan, DVM, PhD*
Schepens Eye Research Institute
Boston, Massachusetts
Mechanism and Functional Relevance of Corneal Lymphangiogenesis in Dry Eye Disease
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Lindsey Criswell, MD, MPH, Dsc*
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California
Epigenetic Profiling of Multiple Cell and Tissue Types in Sjögren’s Syndrome
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Kathy L. (Moser) Sivils, BS, PhD*
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The Genetic Basis of Human Sjögren’s Syndrome
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Cuong Nguyen, BS, PhD*
University of Florida, Gainesville
Gainesville, Florida
Suppression of TH17 cells using IL-27 gene therapy: A potential therapeutic approach for the treatment of Sjögren’s syndrome patients
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* - Signifies grants that were first awarded in 2010 and have been renewed for a second year in 2011.

2010 Research Grant Awards

Sunil Chuahan, DVM, PhD
Schepens Eye Research Institute
Boston, Massachusetts
Mechanism and Functional Relevance of Corneal Lymphangiogenesis in Dry Eye Disease
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Lindsey Criswell, MD, MPH, Dsc
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California
Epigenetic Profiling of Multiple Cell and Tissue Types in Sjögren’s Syndrome
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Helen P. Makarenkova, PhD*
Neurosciences Research Foundation
San Diego, California
Molecular mechanisms of lacrimal gland development and regeneration
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Sara Michie, MD*
Stanford University, 
Department of Pathology
Stanford, California
Lymphocyte migration to inflamed salivary glands in Sjögren’s syndrome
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Kathy L. Moser, BS, PhD
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The Genetic Basis of Human Sjögren’s Syndrome
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Cuong Nguyen, BS, PhD
University of Florida, Gainesville
Gainesville, Florida
Suppression of TH17 cells using IL-27 gene therapy: A potential therapeutic approach for the treatment of Sjögren’s syndrome patients
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Jean Oak, MD, PhD
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California
Regulatory T Cell Function in a Mouse Model of Sjögren’s Syndrome
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* - Signifies grants that were first awarded in 2009 and have been renewed for a second year in 2010.

 


 

 

2009 Research Grant Awards 

Innovative Concept Grant Winners:  

Umesh Deshmukh, PhD*
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
Adenosine receptor agonists: Novel therapeutic agents for Sjögren’s syndrome
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Patricia Mongini, PhD*
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research,
North Shore — LIJ Health System,
Manhasset, New York
B cell-expressed COX-2 and Sjögren's syndrome development
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Research Grant Winners:

Fortunato Battaglia, MD, PhD
Columbia University, 
Department of Psychiatry
New York, New York
Depression and anxiety in a mouse model of Sjögren’s syndrome
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Helen P. Makarenkova, PhD
Neurosciences Research Foundation
San Diego, California
Molecular mechanisms of lacrimal gland development and regeneration
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Sara Michie, MD
Stanford University, 
Department of Pathology
Stanford, California
Lymphocyte migration to inflamed salivary glands in Sjögren’s syndrome
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Seunghee Cha, DDS, PhD*
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Receptor-mediated siRNA delivery in Sjögren’s syndrome
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Natalia V. Giltiay, PhD*
Cleveland Clinic, 
Department of Immunology
Cleveland, Ohio
Role of Act1 in development of Sjögren’s syndrome
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* - Signifies grants that were first awarded in 2008 and have been renewed for a second year in 2009. 


  

  

2008 Research Grant Awards 

Innovative Concept Grant Winners:

Umesh Deshmukh, PhD
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
Adenosine receptor agonists: Novel therapeutic agents for Sjögren’s syndrome
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Patricia Mongini, PhD
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research,
North Shore — LIJ Health System,
Manhasset, New York
B cell-expressed COX-2 and Sjögren's syndrome development
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Research Grant Winners:

Seunghee Cha, DDS, PhD
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Receptor-mediated siRNA delivery in Sjögren’s syndrome
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Natalia V. Giltiay, PhD
Cleveland Clinic, Department of Immunology
Cleveland, Ohio
Role of Act1 in development of Sjögren’s syndrome
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Patrizio Caturegli, MD*
Johns Hopkins University,
Baltimore, Maryland
Role of IL-12 in the inducible BALT found in Sjögren's lungs
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Lynn C. Epstein, MD (PI) and
Athena Papas, DMD, PhD (Co-PI)*

Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine,
Boston, Massachusetts
Characterizations of cognitive dysfunction in Sjögren's syndrome patients
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Denise Faustman, MD, PhD*
Massachusetts General Hospital,
Harvard University,
Charlestown, Massachusetts
Examination of human spleens for a Hox11 expressing stem cell involved in salivary epithelial regeneration
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* - Signifies grants that were first awarded in 2007-08 and have been renewed for a second year in 2008-09.


2007 Research Grant Awards

Innovative Concept Grant Winner:

Patricia Mongini, PhD
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research,
North Shore — LIJ Health System,
Manhasset, New York
B cell-expressed COX-2 and Sjögren's syndrome development
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Research Grant Winners:

Olga J. Baker, DDS, PhD*
University of Missouri
Effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines on polarized salivary epithelium
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* - This grant was first awarded in 2006-07 and has been renewed for a second year in 2007-08.

Patrizio Caturegli, MD
Johns Hopkins University,
Baltimore, Maryland
Role of IL-12 in the inducible BALT found in Sjögren's lungs
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Lynn C. Epstein, MD (PI) and
Athena Papas, DMD, PhD (Co-PI)

Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine,
Boston, Massachusetts
Characterizations of cognitive dysfunction in Sjögren's syndrome patients
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Denise Faustman, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital,
Harvard University,
Charlestown, Massachusetts
Examination of human spleens for a Hox11 expressing stem cell involved in salivary epithelial regeneration
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2006 Research Grant Awards

Olga J. Baker, DDS, PhD
University of Missouri
Effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines on polarized salivary epithelium
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Yongmei Li, PhD*
University of Pennsylvania
Cellular dynamics in mouse models of Sjögren's syndrome
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* - This grant was first awarded in 2005 and has been renewed for a second year in 2006.

Cristian A. Perez, PhD
The Rockefeller University
Characterizations of brain areas innervating salivary and lacrimal glands
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Robert M. Clancy, PhD
NYU Hospital for Joints Diseases
Molecular mechanisms of cardiac injury by anti-SSA/Ro — SSB/La antibodies
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2005 Research Grant Awards

Yongmei Li, PhD
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Cellular dynamics in mouse models of Sjögren's syndrome

Cristian A. Perez, PhD
The Rockefeller University, New York, NY
Characterization of brain areas innervating salivary and lacrimal glands

Saadia Rashid, MD
Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA
Corneal immunity in ocular surface disease in Sjögren’s syndrome and its treatment by topical application of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.


2004 Research Grant Awards

Shohta Kodama, MD, PhD
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Evaluation of salivary and lacrimal gland regeneration during the reversal of autoimmunity in NOD mice

Chuanqing Ding, MD, PhD
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Lacrimal gland and nitric oxide in a rabbit model of Sjögren's syndrome
Second year grant


2003 Research Grant Awards

Chuanqing Ding, MD, PhD
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Lacrimal gland and nitric oxide in a rabbit model of Sjögren's syndrome

Seunghee Cha, DDS, PhD
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Anti-type 3 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor autoantibody-mediated alterations of cytosolic calcium concentration and Aquaporin 5 translocation in Sjögren's syndrome patients


2002 Research Grant Awards

Vidya Sankar, DMD
National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH
SSF-NIDCR Clinical Fellowship

Abha Sood, MD
Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, MA
The Relationship between Mucin Expression, Glycosylation and Ocular Surface Inflammation in Sjögren's Syndrome


2001 Research Grant Awards

Jason Brayer, PhD
La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology, San Diego, CA
Immunomodulation of T lymphocytes by anti-muscarinic antibodies associated with Sjögren's syndrome

Kirsten Limesand, PhD
University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center
Suppression of Salivary Gland Apoptosis by Akt


2000 Research Grant Award

Hiroko Yamagami, MD, PhD
Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, MA
Sjögren's Syndrome: Androgen deficiency and evaporative dry eye


1999 Research Grant Awards

Eva Rorer, MD
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Cytokine production in autoimmune dacryoadenitis

Toshiaki Maruyama, MD, PhD
Scripps Research Clinic, La Jolla, CA
Generation of recombinant anti-120K anti-fodrin antibodies from Sjögren's syndrome patients


1998 Research Grant Award

Jyrki Tornwall, DDS, MD, PhD
Scripps Research Clinic, La Jolla, CA
Pathomechanisms of the glandular atrophy in Sjögren's syndrome


1997 Research Grant Awards

Gallya Gannott, DDS
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Development of a non-invasive method for the diagnosis of Sjögren's syndrome in the minor salivary gland


1996 Research Grant Award

Ikuko Toda, MD
Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, MA
Role of epithelial cell cytokines in the androgen-induced suppression of autoimmune disease in lacrimal glands of a mouse model of Sjögren's syndrome


1995 Research Grant Awards

Jianhua Cheng, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Modulation of human Fas apoptosis gene expression in Sjögren's syndrome

Noriyoshi Ogawa, MD
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Cytokine profiles in Sjögren's syndrome and guides to new therapy


1994 Research Grant Award

Donald B. Bloch, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Characterization of a novel Sjögren's syndrome autoantigen


1993 Research Grant Awards

Peter Girow, MD
Doheney Institute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
The pathophysiology of lacrimal gland disease

Zhiyan Huang, MD
Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, MA
The role of viruses and hormones in Sjögren's syndrome and lacrimal gland disease


1992 Research Grant Award

Peter Girow, MD
Doheney Institute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
The pathophysiology of lacrimal gland disease