July 02, 2012
Johns Hopkins Children’s Centerallergist Elizabeth Matsui, M.D. M.H.S., has been named top young investigator in the field of allergy and immunology by an international body of scientists on behalf of Phadia Allergy Research Forum (PhARF). The honor comes with a $50,000 award, sponsored by blood-test manufacturer Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., and goes to young scientists who have advanced the field of allergy through creative and independent research.
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center allergist Elizabeth Matsui, M.D. M.H.S., has been named top young investigator in the field of allergy and immunology by an international body of scientists on behalf of Phadia Allergy Research Forum (PhARF). The honor comes with a $50,000 award, sponsored by blood-test manufacturer Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., and goes to young scientists who have advanced the field of allergy through creative and independent research.
Matsui, who is an associate professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was honored for her work on pediatric asthma and her research on the role of mouse allergens as an important driver of asthma flare-ups, particularly among urban patients.
Matsui received the PhARF award June 17 during the European Academy of Allergy and Immunology conference held in Geneva, Switzerland. In bestowing the award, committee members commended Matsui’s combined expertise in epidemiology and clinical and basic science, which has led to novel insights into the mechanisms of inflammatory airway disease and helped allergists better evaluate and manage urban patients with asthma.
“This award couldn’t have gone to a more deserving investigator,” says Robert Wood, M.D., director of Allergy & Immunology at Hopkins Children’s Center, a mentor and collaborator of Matsui’s. “Dr. Matsui’s investigative curiosity and her clinical acumen, combined with her epidemiologic and scientific expertise, have greatly influenced the field of pediatric allergy and fueled a new understanding of modifiable risk factors for allergic asthma.”
Matsui received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Vanderbilt University and went on to complete her pediatric residency at University of California at San Francisco. After her residency, Matsui spent several years practicing general pediatrics in Seattle and Baltimore. During this time, she developed an interest in asthma and allergies and subsequently began subspecialty training in Pediatric Allergy/Immunology at Johns Hopkins. After completing her fellowship there, Matsui joined the faculty in the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology and has built a research program focused on the impact of allergen exposure on allergic disease.
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