BEAR Cage Finalists Compete for $5,000

In hopes of winning a grand prize of $5,000, three early career professionals will “pitch” their innovative research proposals to a panel of translational science experts in front of a live audience during the ATS BEAR Cage competition from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, May 21, in the Center for Career Development in the Sail Pavilion at the San Diego Convention Center.

The expert panel from the third annual BEAR Cage competition in 2017 listens to a presentation.

This is the fourth annual Building Education to Advance Research (BEAR) Cage competition, which follows a Shark Tank-style  presentation. The expert panel, with audience participation, will appraise each research proposal to determine a winner among the three finalists. The top winner will claim the grand prize of $5,000 and two runners up will each win $2,500.

The BEAR Cage was developed to promote productive discussion of novel translational research ideas in the setting of a fun, yet competitive, forum promoting opportunities for collaboration, mentorship, and growth. It is hosted by the ATS Drug Device Discovery and Development Committee, which chooses the top three finalists each year to present their research at the conference.

The three finalists and their proposals are:

“Precision Genomics: Early Detection of Antibody-mediated Rejection to Improve Survival”
Sean Agbor-Enoh, MD, PhD
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

 “Identifying Novel Disease-Modifying Drugs for the Treatment of Chronic
Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)”
Carlos Barrero, MD
Temple University

 “NEMESIS (NEutrophil MEchanical StabilISation): A Novel Extracorporeal Technology to Modulate and Monitor Pathological Inflammatory Responses of Neutrophils (PMN) in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)”
Jatinder K. Juss, MD, PhD, FRCPC
St. Michael’s Hospital

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