The Foundation recognizes excellence in research by new and/or young investigators who present outstanding abstracts on Sjögren’s research at professional meetings.

The SSF Outstanding Abstract Award is designed to reward exceptional research efforts and encourage investigators to continue their focus on Sjögren’s throughout their career.  

2017 Award Recipients

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Katrine Brække Norheim, MD, PhD  
Clinical Immunology Department, Stavenger University Hospital, Stavenger, Norway
Abstract: Genetic Determinants of Fatigue in Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome - A Genome Wide Association Study. Download Abstract

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Jessica Tarn, PhD   
Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom
Abstract:  The Effect of Non-Invasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation on Fatigue and Immune Responses in Patients with Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome. Download Abstract

2016 Award Recipients

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Nadia Howard-Tripp, MA, MBSS
Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom
Abstract: Rethinking Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome: Stratification by Clinical Phenotypes to Improve Understanding of Disease Pathogenesis, Trial Design, Clinical Management and Prospective Health Gains? Download Abstract  

Honorable Mention
Syed Muhammad Shakaib Quadri, MD
Oklahoma Health Science Center and Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Abstract: The Unusual Cross-Reactivity of Anti Muscarinic Receptor 3 Monoclonal Antibodies Derived from Salivary Glands of Sjögren’s Syndrome Patients to Ro Peptides. Download Abstract

2015 Award Recipient

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Erlin A. Haacke, MD
University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), Groningen, Netherlands
Abstract: Salivary Gland FcRL4+ B-Cells Are a Potential Source of Progenitor Cells for MALT Lymphoma in Primary Sjögren's Download Abstract

2014 Award Recipients

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Maria B Lauvsnes, MD, PhD
Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger, Norway
Abstract: Hippocampal Atrophy Is Associated with Anti-NR2 Antibodies in Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Primary Sjögren's Syndrome. Download Abstract

Honorable Mention
Jessica Tarn
Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Abstract: Whole Blood microRNA Signature for Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome-Related Lymphoma. Download Abstract 

2013 Award Recipients

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Gaétane Nocturne, MD
Paris-Sud University, Paris, France
Abstract: The NKp30/B7H6 Axis Contributes to Pathogenesis in Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome. Download Abstract

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2012 Award Recipients

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Hongen Yin, MD, PhD
NIH/NIDCR
Abstract: Overexpression of BMP6 Is Associated with Loss of Salivary Gland Activity in Sjögren's Syndrome Patients and Mice. Download Abstract

Honorable Mention
Chang-Fu Kuo, MD
University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Abstract: Sibling Relative Risk and Heritability of Sjögren’s Syndrome: A Nationwide Population Study in Taiwan. Download Abstract

2011 Award Recipient

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Joanne H. Reed, PhD
New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York
Abstract: A Point Mutation in the SSA/Ro60 Autoantigen Which Prevents Y RNA Binding Attenuates a Requisite Signal for Cell Surface Expression and TLR-Dependent Inflammation Syndrome. Download Abstract

2010 Award Recipients

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Kaleb M. Pauley, PhD
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Abstract: Receptor-Mediated Small Interfering RNA Delivery in Sjogren's Syndrome. Download Abstract

Honorable Mention
Nienke Roescher, MD, MSc
Academic Medical Center-University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Abstract: Local TACI-lg Gene Therapy of the Salivary Gland of NOD Mice Reduces Auto-Immune Inflammation by Affecting the B Cell Compartment. Download Abstract

Honorable Mention
Jacques-Olivier Pers, DDS, PhD
Brest University, Brest, France
Abstract: Δ4BAFF, an Alternate-Splice Isoform That Acts as a Transcription Factor To Enhance BAFF Production in Primary Sjögren's Syndrome. Download Abstract

Association for Research in Vision and Opthhalmology
Raheleh Rahimi Darabad, MD
Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
Abstract: Sex and Androgen Affects on Gene Expression in Autoimmune Lacrimal Glands. Download Abstract 

2009 Award Recipients

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Seshagiri Rao Nandula, PhD
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Abstract: Activation of Innate Immunity Leads to Accelerated Development of Sjogren's Syndrome-Like Disorder in NZB/W F1 Mice. Download Abstract

Association for Research in Vision and Opthhalmology
James Mun, PhD-candidate
School of Optometry, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California
Abstract: Pre-exposure of Corneal Epithelial Cells to Human Tear Fluid Induces Protective Activity Against P. aeruginosa Virulence Mechanism. Download Abstract

2008 Award Recipients

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Angela Bikker, MSc
University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
Abstract: Increased IL-7 expression correlates with immunopathology in exocrine glands of patients with SS and drives Th-1 associated immune responses. Download Abstract

Honorable Mention
Gunnel Nordmark, MD, PhD
Medical Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
With colleagues from Malmö. Linköping, Stockholm, and Lund in Sweden and two institutes in Bergen, Norway
Abstract: Additive effects of major risk alleles of IRF6 and Stat 4 in primary Sjögren’s syndrome. Download Abstract

Association for Research in Vision and Opthhalmology
Shivaram Selvam, PhD-candidate
Ocular Surface Center, Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California
Abstract: Impact of chronic stimulation with carbachol, histamine and serotonin on ion transport in a novel, chloride-secreting rabbit lacrimal acinar cell monolayer model. Download Abstract

2007 Award Recipients

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Maria I. Christodoulou, BSc, PhD-Candidate and  Efstathia K. Kapsogeorgou, PhD
Department of Pathophysiology, School of Medicine, National University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Abstract: FOXP3+ T Regulatory Cells (Tregs) in the Autoimmune Lesions of Sjögren’s Syndrome (SS): Correlation with the Number of the Infiltrating Dendritic Cells and Macrophages. Download Abstract

Honorable Mention
Marc Ittah, PhD
INSERM U802, Université Paris Sud, Rhumatologie Hopital de Bicêtre, Paris, France
Abstract: Induce High Expression of BAFF mRNA and Protein by Salivary Epithelial Cells Through TLR3 / Type 1-Interferon -Dependant and -Independent Pathways. Download Abstract

Honorable Mention
Linn Strandberg, PhD, and Aurelie Ambrosi, MSc
Rheumatology Unit, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Abstract: Interferon-Alpha Induces Up-Regulation and Nuclear Translocation of the Ro52 Autoantigen. Download Abstract

Association for Research in Vision and Opthhalmology
Shaohui Liu, MD, PhD
Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School
Abstract: Aromatase Influence on Gene Expression in the Meibomian Gland

2006 Award Recipients

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Eshrat Emamian, DDS
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Abstract: Comparison of Gene Expression Profiles Between Patients with Sjögren's Syndrome and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Download Abstract

Association for Research in Vision and Opthhalmology
Louis Tong, MBBS, FRCS, DM
Ocular Surface Center, Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Abstract: Transglutaminase-2 Mediates p65 Translocation from Cytoplasm to Nucleus in the UVB-activated NF-kappaB Pathway. Download Abstract


2005

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Jacques-Eric Gottenberg, MD, PhD , France
Innate Immunity and Interferon Signaling Pathways: A Pivotal Pathogenic Role in Epithelial Cells of Salivary Glands and Ocular Surface in Primary Sjögren's Syndrome

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Ashish K. Sharma , University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Tumor Necrosis Factor-Induced Apoptosis in Corneal Epithelial Cells Is Attenuated by Novel Lacrimal Glycoprotein, Lacritin


2004

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Biji Kurien, PhD, Oklahoma Research Medical Foundation (ORMF)
Adoptive Transfer of Lymphocytes from Mice with Sjögren’s-Like Syndrome Transfers Disease into Naïve Mice

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Lihui Luo, MD , Baylor College of Medicine, Dallas, TX
Hyperosmolarity Induces Apoptosis through a cytochrome c-mediated death pathway and MAPK activation in human corneal epithelial cells


2003

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Marc R. Kok, MD , National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
"Local Adeno-Associated Virus Mediated IL-10 Gene Transfer has Disease Modifying Effects in a Murine Model of Sjögren's Syndrome"

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Lihui Luo, MD , Baylor College of Medicine, Dallas, TX
"Experimental dry eye induces expression of inflammatory cytokines (IL-1Beta and TNF-Alpha), MMP-9 and activated MAPK by the corneal epithelium"


2002

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Frédéric Lavie, MD , Bicetre Hospital, INSERM EMI 0109, Paris-Sud University, France
RANK and RANKL Expression in Salivary Glands from Patients with Primary Sjögren's Syndrome

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Helline B. Paz MD , Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Mucin Packaging in the Conjunctival Goblet Cells of Vitamin D Receptor Ablated Mice


2001

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Dr. Nicole Amft , University of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Constitutive Chemokine and Chemokine Receptor Expression Contributes to the Pattern of Inflammatory Cell Infiltrates in Sjögren's Syndrome

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Staci C. Walton , University of Virginia
Functional Analysis of Lacritin: Secretion Modulations, Cell Proliferation, Calcium Signaling, and Tyrosine Phosphorylation.


2000

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Yoko Ogawa, MD , Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
Ultrastructural and immunohistochemic studies of lacrimal gland in patients with chronic graft-versus host disease


1999

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Jennifer Cermak, PhD , Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, MA
The role of androgens in dry eye


1999

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Sally Waterman, PhD , University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Autoantibodies against muscarinic receptors in bot primary and secondary Sjögren's syndrome alter marine bladder contractility and are associated with autonomic symptoms


1998

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Yolanda Diebold, PhD , Institute of Ophthalmology, Valladolid University, Valladolid, Spain
A confocal study of lectin binding sites in cultured conjunctival epithelium


1998

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Maureen Rischmueller, MD , The Queens Elizabeth Hospital, South Australia
Salivary gland apoptosis in primary Sjögren's syndrome: A controlled study


1997

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Mary Polihronis, PhD , National University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Modes of epithelial cell death and repair in Sjögren's syndrome


1996 Second International Conference on the Lacrimal Gland, Tear Film and Dry Eye Syndromes: Basic Science and Clinical Relevance
Ikuko Toda , Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, MA
Gender and androgen-related impact on the expression of proto-oncogenes and apoptotic factors in lacrimal and salivary glands of mouse models for Sjögren's syndrome

1996

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Mariana J. Kaplan, MD , University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Is the liver a common extraglandular target in primary Sjögren's syndrome?


1996 Conference on Salivary Gland Biogenesis and Function
Thomas R. Esch, PhD
Autoantibodies in salivary hypofunction in the NOD mouse

1995

American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Douglas A. Jabs, MD , Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Immunopathogenesis of lacrimal gland inflammation in MRL/Mplprllpr mice