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Grant Award Recipients


ASPO Career Development $40,000
Nikhila Raol, MD, Emory University
Screening for vocal fold motion impairment in infants after heart surgery

ASPO $20,000
Ksenia Aaron, MD, Los Angeles, CA
Inner ear gene therapy for genetic hearing loss

ASPO $20,000
David Smith, MD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Development of a Non-invasive Genomic Test to Identify Pediatric OSA


ASPO Career Development $40,000
David Zopf, MD, University of Michigan
Patient specific 3D printed scaffolds for pediatric ear tissue engineering

ASPO $20,000
David Lee, MD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Genetic susceptibility of RRP to adjuvant therapy

ASPO $20,000
Taha Jan, MD, Stanford University
Single cell RNA-seq analysis of inner ear progenitor cells


ASPO Career Development $20,000
Emily Boss, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins
Nothing about me without me:  Shared decision-making for tonsillectomy in children

ASPO $19,976
John D. Prosser, MD, Georgia Regents University
Characterizing xenograft models of recurrent respiratory papillomatosis

ASPO $10,000
Rosa Lipin, MD, Emory University
Palate bone formation and the role of the hypoxia pathway


ASPO Career Development $40,000
Dylan Chan, MD, UCSF
AAV-mediated genetic rescue of Cx26-associated hearing loss

ASPO $20,000
Victoria Lee, MD, University of Washington
Objective imaging measures to guide Robin Sequence airway management,

ASPO $20,000
David Smith, MD, PhD University of Cincinnati
Inflammation and cardiovascular disease in pediatric OSA

ASPO Dustin Micah Harper RRP Research Grant $10,000
Ryan Branski, PhD, NYU
Oral papilloma virus colonization and clearance in patients with RRP


ASPO Career Development $40,000
Emily Boss, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins
Shared decision-making and outcomes in pediatric SDB

ASPO $20,000
Robert Morrison, MD
Computer-Aided Designed 3D-Printed Bioscaffold For Auricular Reconstruction

ASPO $20,000
Graham Strub, MD, PhD
MicroRNA-mediated regression of infantile hemangioma by propanolol

ASPO Dustin Micah Harper RRP Research Grant $10,000
Simon Best, MD
The PD-1 and PD-L1 Pathway in Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis 


ASPO $20,000
Jordan Virbalas
Evaluation of the CYP2D6 gene in a diverse urban population 

ASPO $20,000
Erin Kirkham
Assessment and Validation of Lymphatic Malformation Functional Assessment


None funded


ASPO $20,000
Joseph Haddad, Jr., MD
Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
Identification of Genes Associated with Familial Non-syndromic Cleft Lip/Palate

ASPO $20,000
Marci Lesperance, MD, MS
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Development of a Cost Effective Algorithm for Evaluation of Genetic Hearing Loss


ASPO $20,000
Albert Park, MD
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Vaccination Strategy for Congenital CMV Sensorineural Hearing Loss

ASPO $20,000
Jennifer Mulligan, PhD
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Contribution of Vitamin D Deficiency to Immune Dysfunction in Children with CRS


ASPO $15,000
Garani Nadaraja, MD
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Mechanisms of Aminoglycoside Upake in Murine Hair Cells

ASPO $15,000
Johannes Grimmer, MD
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Determining if Mutation in Region 7q32 is the Genetic Cause of PHACES Syndrome

Daiichi $5,000
Scott Brietzke, MD
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, North Potomac, MD
Objective Analysis of Pediatric Snoring Before and After Adenotonsillectomy


ASPO $10,000
Randall Harris, PhD
Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC
Genetics of Moraxella Catarrhalis Resistance to Human Antimicrobial Peptides

ASPO $10,000
Philip Zald, MD
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Innate Immune Response Gene Polymorphisms in Otitis Media

ASPO $10,000
Scott Stephan, MD
The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Repair of Facial Critical Size Defect Using Injectable Tissue Engineered Bone

Daiichi $5,000
Shelby Leuin, MD
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
In Vivo Optical Microscopy of the Pediatric Vocal Fold


ASPO $15,000
Sung K. Moon, MD, PhD
House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Role of Spiral Ligament Fibrocyte in Otitis Media-Induced Inner Ear Inflammation

ASPO $15,000
David Hartemink, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, Wi
Gene Expression in the Middle Ear Epithelium o f the Chincilla

DAIICHI $5,000
Samuel Ostrower, MD
Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Genetic Changes in the Pharyngeal Mucosa of Children Exposed to Secondhand Smoke


CORE $15,000
Minali Amin, MD
Children’s Hospital of Boston
The Effects of Gastro-Esophageal Acid Suppression on Post Tonsillectomy Pain

CORE $7,500
Henry C. Ou, MD
University of Washington
Development of a Standardized Scale for Ototoxicity

ASPO $7,500
Jason Mangiardi, MD
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Comparison of Polysomnography Outcomes for Microdebrider Assisted Partial Intracapsular Tonsillectomy Versus Total Tonsillectomy

DAIICHI $5,000
Greg Licameli, MD
Children’s Hospital of Boston
Establishing and Normalizing Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (VEMPs) in the Pediatric Population


ASPO $10,000
Minka Latrice Schofield, MD
Columbus Children’s Research Institute
Development of a Rat Model of Lymphatic Malformations

CORE $5,000
Thuy Phung, MD, PhD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Role of mTOR in the Pathogenesis of Infant Hemangioma

DAIICHI $5,000
Albert H. Park, MD
University of Utah
Development of Biofilm Resistant Ventilation Tubes

Rebecca S. Stone, MD
Boston Medical Center Corporation
OSD inFTT: Prevalence and Growth Effects of Tonsillectomy