Brett Ley and Ross Okimoto received DOM Patient Cohort Grants

Each year, the Department of Medicine offers grants of up to $100,000 to initiate new patient cohorts or expand the use of existing cohorts into new areas. The goal is to develop cohorts that are widely used by both clinical and bench investigators and have high potential for sustained future funding. 

The 2018 awardees are:

Brett LeyBrett Ley, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy, received a DOM Patient Cohort Grant to develop and expand patient cohorts for clinical and bench investigators. Brett’s study, “CURE CHP: Cohort of the Under-Researched and Enigmatic Chronic Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis,” will aim to identify distinct endotypes of CHP—a progressive fibrotic lung disease—that have distinct clinical courses and responses to immunosuppressive therapy

Ross OkimotoRoss Okimoto, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology and Oncology, also received a DOM Patient Cohort Grant. The goal of Ross’s project, “Systematic Clinical and Molecular Annotation of Fusion-Positive Sarcomas” is to improve our understanding of transcription factor fusion biology and the molecular programs they control.