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VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System


VAAAHS Research Scientist Awarded

Honor Americas Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being

Dr. Christine Basmajian receives the AII Early Career Achievement Award

Monday, April 18, 2016

ANN ARBOR – Dr. Christine Basmajian, a Research Scientist at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) and an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, has been selected by The American Thoracic Society (ATS) Assembly on Allergy, Immunology and Inflammation (AII) to receive the Early Career Achievement Award – recognized as a “rising star” with exemplary achievements in a scientific area of the Assembly, Dr. Basmajian clearly demonstrates promise for a future of sustained productivity.

Dr. Basmajian’s laboratory, specializing in animal modeling and translational research, studies the role of the immune system in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), one of the VA’s most problematic chronic diseases. COPD affects approximately 15 percent of VA health care users and causes significant morbidity and mortality with no known therapies to address the disease. 

As a result of her work in the lab, Dr. Basmajian has published numerous immunologic studies that use human lung specimens to address key questions about COPD pathogenesis. Her career in COPD research has been fostered by the VA, first with a Career Development Award in 2009 and later with a VA Merit Review Award in 2012. 

She also received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which recognized her work in COPD. The PECASE Award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States upon outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers. 

Dr. Basmajian is set to receive her latest award at the AII Membership Meeting which will be held in San Francisco on May 16, 2016. 

What are Assemblies?

The American Thoracic Society has 14 assemblies that are subdivisions of the Society composed of members with like interests within the broad fields of respiratory, critical care and sleep medicine. The purpose of an assembly is to improve the collection, interpretation and dissemination of information; improve communication among members; and participate in the planning of the International Conference. Assemblies area also responsible for creating and updating ATS official documents and ATS patient information series fact sheets. [Taken from the ATS website:]


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