Diana Pang, MD, has been chosen as the winner of the Shock Society Research Investigator Award for Early Scientists. This award is a newly-created honor given by the Shock Society to an independent investigator pursuing research in the areas of trauma, shock and sepsis. Pang, a third year clinical fellow in the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship who will stay on for another year as a T32 Clinical Instructor, received an award of $22,000 for her grant proposal which aims to define signatures of damage-associated molecular pattern-related neurological dysfunction in sepsis.
The Award's Review Committee stated that Pang's proposal “has high clinical relevance since it aims to provide mechanistic insights of the neurocognitive dysfunction following sepsis. The basic science research plan appears straightforward, highly mechanistic and based on sound rationale and supportive preliminary data.” The Committee also noted how Pang has, even at an early stage of research experience, demonstrated herself as an excellent investigator, with her data having gained recognition and awards, including from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Diana’s mentor for this proposal is Raj Aneja, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Critical Care Medicine.