Vivek Balasubramaniam, MD, Awarded a 2017 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award

Vivek Balasubramaniam, MD
Balasubramaniam, MD

Congratulations to Vivek Balasubramaniam, MD, who received one of twelve grants awarded nationally by The Hartwell Foundation in their 2017 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award competition. Along with three years and $300,000 of support, Dr. Balasubramaniam receives recognition as a Hartwell Investigator. His grant, entitled "Application of Cellular-Derived Therapies for the Regeneration of Lung Structure and Function," will determine the specific components and mechanisms of innovative use of extracellular vesicles (EVs) in the treatment of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) in an animal model, using novel imaging and tracking techniques to understand therapeutic targets of these EVs. The hope for premature infants that suffer from BPD is that investigators gain a better understanding of how EVs work and can develop new innovative therapies to cure lung diseases of prematurity. The link to the full story on The Hartwell Foundation's web site can be found here: or at