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Summer / Fall 2023

Dr. Andruska wins PHA Innovation Research Award

Congratulations to Adam Andruska, MD, Instructor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, for winning the PHA Innovation Research Award!

His research centers on how T-cell vascular signaling may serve as a therapeutic target in PAH.  Reviewers lauded Adam for 'outstanding science and (a) beautifully presented proposal'. Adam's science is guided by mentor Edda Spiekerkoetter, MD Wall Center Faculty and Associate Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, with support from collaborators with Mark Krasnow, MD, PhD, Wall Center Executive Director and Endowed Chair, The Paul and Mildred Berg Professorship in Biochemistry, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Maya Kumar, PhD Assistant Professor (Research), Pediatrics - Pulmonary Medicine. Adam receives this grant on the heels of already winning the Parker B. Francis Award last year.

Thank you for making the 23rd Annual Race Against PH 5K a huge success. This event would not be possible without your support. We exceeded our goal and raised almost $43,000! In honor of Pulmonary Hypertension Month, donations will be accepted through the end of November. We look forward to seeing you in 2024!

Video by Harry Gregory  |  Photos

November is pulmonary hypertension month! Join us in raising funds for research in the hopes of one day finding a cure. Donations will be accepted throughout the month of November.

AY 2022-2023 Years of Service Awards

The Wall Center’s success is directly attributed to the support and contributions of its team members. This year we recognize and congratulate the following people for their service: 

5 years: Deborah Aarhus, EdD, MS; Andrew Sweatt, MD, Sima Vazquez, 

15 years: Xinguo Jiang, MD, PhD; Peter Kao, MD; Mark Nicolls, MD

20 years: Juliana Liu, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, Marlene Rabinovitch, MD; Michal Roof, PhD; Edda Spiekerkoetter, MD

Juliana Liu, RN, MSN, ANP-BC

Marlene Rabinovitch, MD

Michal Roof, PhD

Edda Spiekerkoetter, MD and Deborah Aarhus, EdD, MS

Wall Center-Latin America (LATAM) Initiative

The Wall Center at Stanford was privileged to host four experts in pulmonary vascular medicine from LATAM. The Wall Center-LATAM initiative aims to create a partnership to promote PH education, research, and patient advocacy. This is part of our commitment to PH global health.  

During this visit, LATAM colleagues strategized the development of Wall Center-LATAM initiatives, starting this year and into the future. These initiatives include adult (led by Vinicio de Jesus Perez, MD, Associate Professor in Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine) and pediatric PH (led by Rachel Hopper, MD, Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatric Cardiology)  and will set the stage for synergistic collaborations.

Congratulations, Dr. Spiekerkoetter!

Congratulations to Dr. Edda Spiekerkoetter, Associate Professor in Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine and her scientific colleagues for their recent awards! Dr. Spiekerkoetter was recently awarded a $2.8M NIH/NHBLI grant focused on the understanding and targeting molecular and cellular events responsible for pulmonary arteriovenous malformation development, growth and regression. Co-Investigators are members of the interdisciplinary Stanford Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) Center of Excellence that was founded in 2019 with Serena Tan, MD (Assistant Professor, Pathology), Joyce Teng, MD (Professor, Pediatric Dermatology), Jayakar Nayak, MD, PhD (Associate Professor Otolaryngology), Peter Hwang, MD (Professor and Chief of Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery).

Wall Center at Stanford  Latin America (LATAM) Initiative

Led by Drs. Vinicio de Jesus Perez, Associate Professor in Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine and Rachel Hopper, MD, Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatric Cardiology, please join us for PH Grand Rounds featuring the Wall Center at Stanford-Latin America (LATAM) Initiative on September 18 and 19, 2023 (in-person or zoom).

September 18: Pediatric Focus PH Grand Rounds

  • Speakers: 
  • Gabriel F. Díaz G., MD Pediatric Cardiologist Titular Professor, Department of Pediatrics Universidad Nacional de Colombia Fundación Santafé de Bogotá
  • Humberto García Aguilar MSc, FACCP Head of the Pediatric Cardiology Service; Hospital Angeles Lomas, Mexico City  and Centro Medico Nacional 20 de Noviembre

September 19: Adult Focus PH Grand Rounds

  • Speakers:
  • Mauricio Orozco-Levi, MD, PhD, MSc Head, Respiratory Department Fundacion Cardiovascular de Colombia  Hospital Internacional de Colombia
  • Rogerio Souza, MD, PhD Professor of Medicine Pulmonary Division - Heart Institute University of Sao Paulo Medical School, Brazil


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2023 Race Against PH 5K - Sunday, November 5, 2023

Race Against PH 5K is back for 2023! Join us as we resume our efforts to raise awareness and funds for the fight against pulmonary hypertension (PH), a debilitating disease which affects the heart and lungs of children and adults.    The Race Against PH is one of Stanford's longest running 5K events. The Race Against PH raises funds for the Vera Moulton Wall Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease and the Ewing Family Fund for PH Research at Stanford. 

Join us November 5, 2023 at Stanford's Koret Plaza, as we celebrate patients living with PH and honor those who have lost their battle.

March 2023

Congratulations to Katharina Schimmel, PhD for receiving the Parker B Francis Fellowship Award 2023 for her project entitled: Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformations in Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT).

Her aims are to determine the role of somatic mutations as well as second pathogenic rare germline variants of HHT and non-HHT genes that increase the risk of AVM development in the lung and brain. In addition to her primary mentor Dr. Edda Spiekerkoetter, she has assembled a strong team of additional co-mentors and collaborators: 

Co-Mentors: Alokkumar Jha, PhD (Weill Cornell University) and Mark Nicolls, MD at Stanford University. Collaborators: Evan Brittain, MD (Vanderbilt University), Karin Tran-Lundmark, MD, PhD (Lund University, Sweden), Gary Steinberg, MD, PhD (Stanford University).

Katharina Schimmel also received the Career Development Award 2023 from the American Heart Association.

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