Wound Healing Foundation announces award winners for 2020


The Wound Healing Foundation held their awards ceremony at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care–Wound Healing Society (SAWC–WHS) virtual meeting (24–26 July 2020). Winners are as follows:

2020 WHF Thomas K Hunt Lecturer: Margaret A Liu
COVID-19: The Intersection of Vaccine Technology, Disease Pathophysiology, and a Global Pandemic

2020 WHF 3M Fellowship: Catherine B Anders
Idaho Veteran’s Research and Education Foundation; Longitudinal, In Situ Profiling of Wound-Associated Macrophage Phenotypes by Q-IHC

2020 WHF Medline Corius Innovation Award: Indranil Sinha
Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Application of nanosheet in culture free autologous stem cell transplantation in murine wounds

Young Investigator Awards Sponsored by WHF and WHS

  • Nominee Trevor Leonardo, MS University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL Human Tissue Repair And Regeneration – Regulatory Landscapes In Response To Injury
  • Nominee Nava Rijal, BS University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH Theoretical-Experimental Approach To Develop Electrotherapy For Diabetic Wound Healing
  • Nominee Alvaro Villarreal Ponce, PhD NYU Langone Health, New York City, NY Epidermal Nrf2 Orchestrates Tissue Regeneration Through Regulation Of Ccl2
  • Michelle Bagood, MS UC Davis, CA Cutaneous TRPV1+ Nociceptors Mediate The Inflammatory Response To Pseudomonas Aeruginosa In Infected Wounds
  • Winner Aayushi Uberoi, PhD University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Commensal Microbiota Regulates Skin Barrier Function And Repair Via Signaling Through The Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor
  • Finalist Christopher Turner, PhD University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada Granzyme B Contributes To Pressure Injury Severity In Aged Skin
  • Finalist Janos Barrera, MD Stanford University, Stanford, CA Digit Tip Regeneration Relies On Germ Layer Restricted Wnt And Hedgehog Signaling
  • Finalist Joseph Kuhn, MD NYU Langone Health, New York City, NY Human Nrf2-Active Multipotent Stromal Cell Exosomes Reverse Pathologic Diabetic Wound Healing

Junior Faculty Award Sponsored by WHF, WHS & eKare Inc
Daniel Gibson, PhD University of Florida, Gainesville, FL “A Systems Biology Approach To Improved Grouping, Timing, And Statistical Power In The WISH Study Patient Population Of Chronic Wounds”

Translational Regenerative Science Award
Sponsored by WHF, WHS & eKare Inc

  • Lisa Tucker-Kellogg, PhD Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore “Deferoxamine Improves Wound Healing In A Mouse Model Of Delayed Healing From Pressure Injury”
  • Michelle Griffin, PhD University College London, London, United Kingdom “Lipotransfer Effectively Reverses Skin Fibrosis”

Trainee Travel Awards Sponsored by WHF, WHS & eKare

  • Sara Ud-Din, BSc, MSc Quantitative Assessment Of Anatomical, Physiological And Mechanical Parameters Of Cutaneous Wound Healing And Scarring In Human Skin
  • Kanhaiya Singh, PhD Single-cell RNA-sequencing Identifies Novel Molecular Targets Of Endothelial MicroRNA-200b In Ischemic Wound
  • Meiling Melzer Beta-catenin Activation In Cardiac Fibroblasts Modulates The Immune Micro-environment To Promote Fibrosis And Heart Failure Following Chronic Injury
  • Nandini Ghosh, PhD Host Skin Lipids Enable Biofilm Pathogenicity Compromising Functional Cutaneous Wound Closure
  • Jane Kim, BS High Levels Of Os Are Critical For Bacterial Biofilm-Development In Diabetic Chronic Wounds
  • Imran Khan Host Biofilm Interaction In Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma
  • Jake Jones, BS Deep Learning For Automated Segmentation Of Skin Wounds
  • Sydney Resnik Comparative Transcriptomics Of Human Diabetic Foot Ulcers And Diabetic Mouse Wounds Reveals Limited Overlap
  • Laurice Flowers, PhD The Interaction Of Microbial Virulence With Age Alters The Keratinocyte Wound Healing And Inflammatory Response
  • Hira Butt Epigallocatechin-3-gallate Primed Human Wharton’S Jelly Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells Seeded Hydrogel Construct Improves Healing Of Thermal Burns

Industry Poster Awards Sponsored by WHF and WHS

  • Sadanori Akita, PhD Fukuoka University, Fukuoka, Japan Sponsor: Fukuoka Industrial technology Center Fatty Acid Potassium Had Beneficial Bactericidal And Biofilms Removal Effects With Reduced Cytotoxicity Of Fibroblasts & Keratinocytes
  • Vimal Jacob Smith & Nephew, Columbia, MD Structural and Functional Equivalency Between Lyopreserved & Cryopreserved Chorions with Viable Cells
  • Hilary Xu Alkahest Inc., San Carlos, CA Human Plasma Fraction Improves Diabetic Wound Healing In Mice
  • Yong Mao Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ Sponsor: Smith & Nephew, Columbia, MD Exosomes Mediate Anti-Fibrotic Effects of Placental Membranes
  • Dolly Khona Indiana University, School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN Sponsor: Vomaris Wound Care, Inc., Tempe, AZ Wireless Electroceutical Dressing Is Effective
  • Katie Mowry, PhD Organogenesis Inc, Birmingham, AL Clinical Trial Evaluating Changes In The Wound Microenvironment In Patients With Vlus Treated With A Hypothermically Stored Amniotic Membrane
  • Priya Niranjan, PhD Swiss American CDMO, Carrollton, TX Novel Role of Proteases in Wound Healing
  • Victoria Stefanelli, PhD Integra LifeSciences, Plainsboro, NJ Favorable Modulation Of Inflammation And Immunity Is Achieved With Both Single And Tri-layer Amniotic Membrane Allografts
  • Jon Senkowsky, MD Texas Health Physician’s group Sponsor: Progenitec Inc., Arlington, TX A Non-contact Device For Quick Screening Of Wound Infections In Chronic Wound Patients
  • Katie Mowry, PhD Organogenesis Inc, Birmingham, AL Effect Of Dehydrated Amnion Chorion Membranes On Mesenchymal Stem Cells In Vitro
  • Eric Roche, PhD Smith+Nephew, Fort Worth, TX Superior Debridement By A Novel Enzyme Versus Autolytic Comparators In A Porcine Wound Model With Eschar

In their press release, the Wound Healing Foundation extends their congratulations to all winners.


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