HOUSTON, December 12, 2022 – The American Pediatric Society (APS) and the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) are pleased to announce that Kurt H. Albertine, PhD, is the recipient of the 2023 Mary Ellen Avery Neonatal Research Award. This award honors a pediatric researcher who has made significant contributions to neonatal health through basic or translational research.
Dr. Albertine is Edward B. Clark IV Professor of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Neurobiology, and Anatomy in Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Albertine’s notable contributions to the field of neonatal medicine include his Basic and Translational Research Program in Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD), which is conducted within his Lamb Intensive Care Unit (LICU). His imaginative approach led to innovative methods to extend his premature lamb model beyond the original lung context into different organ systems and to long-term results, using former premature lambs. Dr. Albertine’s LICU and premature lamb models have provided an unparalleled local, national and international training ground for young scientists making an impact at all levels of the academic pipeline.
In 2013, APS and SPR established and endowed the Mary Ellen Avery Award. This award honors Dr. Avery’s outstanding life achievements and fundamental contributions to neonatal health through his discovery of respiratory distress syndrome, his research and academic leadership, and his outstanding service to pediatrics and neonatology.
“The American Pediatric Society is delighted to recognize Dr. Albertine as the recipient of the 2023 Mary Ellen Avery Award for her outstanding contributions to research and education in the field of neonatal medicine,” said Lisa Robinson, MD, FRCP (C), FASN, president of the American Pediatric Society. “His comprehensive approaches used innovative models of ventilation-induced lung injury in preterm born sheep to understand the immediate and long-term effects on the molecular and physiological regulation of lung architecture and function. Its extraordinary translational research program spans the gamut from bedside to bench to bedside and has served as a unique platform to inspire and develop the next generation of pediatric researchers and practitioners.
“The Pediatric Research Society is honored to have Dr. Albertine as a long-standing and active member. He has played a valuable role as a leader in our Young Investigator Mentorship Program and our Journeys Program, a collaboration with the American Pediatric Society. His innovative and impactful research in neonatal cardiopulmonary disease and his commitment to training the next generation of scientists make him well worthy of this prestigious award,” said SPR President Kate Ackerman, MD, MBA.
Beyond Dr. Albertine’s scientific achievements, he has played a vital role in bridging the gap between basic science and clinical care. The way he communicates his findings to translational and clinical scientists has taught the academic and clinical communities to think more deeply about the strategies underlying the management of cardiopulmonary disease. Dr. Albertine’s legacy also includes his training and mentorship of the next generation of basic scientists and pediatrician researchers. To date, he has directly trained more than 280 young scientists.
Dr. Albertine received his Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in pulmonary physiology at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Albertine has over 170 peer-reviewed articles and has been continuously funded by the NIH for four decades.
For more information on Dr. Albertine and the Mary Ellen Avery Award, please visit the APS website.
About the American Pediatric Society
The American Pediatric Society (APS) is a non-profit organization founded in 1888 as the first pediatric society in North America. The mission of APS is to engage distinguished leaders in child health representing the full diversity of the field to shape the future of academic pediatrics. The more than 1,800 members of APS are recognized leaders with extraordinary achievements who work together to shape the future of academic pediatrics. For more information, please visit aps1888.org, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Pediatric Research Society
The Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) encourages and supports pediatric research efforts by creating a network of diverse researchers to improve children’s health. Collaboration among SPR members is creating meaningful progress for the future of children’s health. For more information, please visit www.societyforpediatricresearch.org, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Lisa Thompson Association Director
American Pediatric Society
Senior Director of the Association
Society for Pediatric Research
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