Outstanding Paper by an Associate Member Award

The outstanding paper by an Associate Member was established in 2016.  The prize will be awarded to three Associate Members (one in each track) for the most outstanding published paper within each track during the last year as determined by the PRS Council.  Each award recipient will be provided with free registration for the next PRS Annual Meeting.


  • You must be a first or last author on the manuscript
  • The manuscript must have been published in the current year or previous year
  • Accepted, but not yet published papers will NOT qualify.

Current Award Recipients

2022        Eileen Chang, PhD

Chang EI, Hetrick B, Wesolowski SR, McCurdy CE, Rozance PJ, Brown LD. A Two-Week Insulin Infusion in Intrauterine Growth Restricted Fetal Sheep at 75% Gestation Increases Skeletal Myoblast Replication but Did Not Restore Muscle Mass or Increase Fiber Number. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2021 Nov 30;12:785242. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2021.785242. eCollection 2021.PMID: 34917036

2022       Ariel Salas, MD                     

Salas AA, Jerome M, Finck A, Razzaghy J, Chandler-Laney P, Carlo WA. Body composition of extremely preterm infants fed protein-enriched, fortified milk: a randomized trial. Pediatr Res. 2022 Apr;91(5):1231-1237. doi: 10.1038/s41390-021-01628-x. Epub 2021 Jun 28.PMID: 34183770  

2022       Vivek Shukla, MD

Shukla VV, Bann CM, Ramani M, Ambalavanan N, Peralta-Carcelen M, Hintz SR, Higgins RD, Natarajan G, Laptook AR, Shankaran S, Carlo WA. Predictive Ability of 10-Minute Apgar Scores for Mortality and Neurodevelopmental Disability. Pediatrics. 2022 Apr 1;149(4):e2021054992. doi: 10.1542/peds.2021-054992.PMID: 35296895

Previous Award Recipients            

2021        Elizabeth Enninga, PhD         Basic Track

Enninga EAL, Raber P, Quinton RA, Ruano R, Ikumi N, Gray CM, Johnson EL, Chakraborty R, Kerr SE. Maternal T Cells in the Human Placental Villi Support an Allograft Response during Noninfectious Villitis. J Immunol. 2020 Jun 1;204(11):2931-2939. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.1901297. Epub 2020 Apr 22. PMID: 32321754; PMCID: PMC7307888.

2021        Beth Pineles, MD, PhD            OB/GYN Track

Pineles B, Mani A, Sura L, Rossignol C, Albayram M, Weiss MD, Goetzl L. Neuronal exosome proteins: novel biomarkers for predicting neonatal response to therapeutic hypothermia. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2021 May 21:fetalneonatal-2020-321096. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2020-321096. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34021027.

2021      Sarah Cilvik, MD PhD                Pediatric Track

Cilvik SN, Wesolowski SR, Anthony RV, Brown LD, Rozance PJ. Late gestation fetal hyperglucagonaemia impairs placental function and results in diminished fetal protein accretion and decreased fetal growth. J Physiol. 2021 Jul;599(13):3403-3427. doi: 10.1113/JP281288. Epub 2021 May 10. PMID: 33878802; PMCID: PMC8249343.

2019        Chi Zhou,  PhD                          Basic Track

Chi Zhou, Qin Yan, Qing-Yun Zou, Xin-Qi Zhong, Chanel T. Tyler, Ronald R. Magness, Ian M. Bird, Jing Zheng. Sexual Dimorphisms of Preeclampsia-Dysregulated Transcriptomic Profiles and Cell Function in Fetal Endothelial Cells. Hypertension. 2019 Jul;74(1):154-163. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.118.12569. Epub 2019 Jun 3. PMID: 31154903; PMCID: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31154903/ PMC6561818.

2019        Jacquelin Parchem, MD           OB/GYN Track

Parchem JG, Kanasaki K, Kanasaki M, Sugimoto H, Xie L, Hamano Y, Lee SB, Gattone VH, Parry S, Strauss JF, Garovic VD, McElrath TF, Lu KH, Sibai BM, LeBleu VS, Carmeliet P, Kalluri R. Loss of placental growth factor ameliorates maternal hypertension and preeclampsia in mice. J Clin Invest. 2018 Nov 1;128(11):5008-5017. doi: 10.1172/JCI99026. Epub 2018 Oct 8. PMID: 30179860; PMCID: PMC6205389. https://mayoclinic.pure.elsevier.com/en/publications/loss-of-placental-growth-factor-ameliorates-maternal-hypertension

2019         Amy Hair                                  Pediatric Track

Ford SL, Lohmann P, Preidis GA, Gordon PS, O’Donnell A, Hagan J, Venkatachalam A, Balderas M, Luna RA, Hair AB. Improved feeding tolerance and growth are linked to increased gut microbial community diversity in very-low-birth-weight infants fed mother’s own milk compared with donor breast milk. Am J Clin Nutr. 2019 Apr 1;109(4):1088-1097. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqz006. PMID: 30982856; PMCID: PMC6462428. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30982856/

2018         Elaine Shelton, PhD                Basic Track

Shelton EL, Waleh N, Plosa EJ, Benjamin JT, Milne, GL, Hopper CW, Ehinger N, Poole S, Brown N, Seidner S, McCurnin D, Reese J, Clyman RI. Effects of antenatal betamethasone on preterm human and mouse ductus arteriosus: comparison with baboon data. Pediatric Research. 2018 July6. doi: 10.1038/s41390-018-0006-z.   https://www.nature.com/articles/s41390-018-0006-z   PMID: 29976969

2018        Karen Gibbins, MD                 OB/Gyn Track

Gibbins KJ, Gibson-Corley KN, Brown AS, Wieben M, Law RC, Fung CM. Effects of excess thromboxane A2 on placental development and nutrient transporters in a Mus muscles model of fetal growth restriction. Bill Retrod.2018 May 1; 98(5):695-704. dos: 10.1093/biolre/ioy006        https://academic.oup.com/biolreprod/article/98/5/695/4813325    PMID: 29351577

2018        David McCulley, MD                 Pediatric Track

McCulley DJ, Wienhold MD, Hines EA, Hacker TA, Rogers A, Pewowaruk RJ, Zewdu R, Chesler NC, Selleri L, Sun X. PBX transcription factors drive pulmonary vascular adaptation to birth. Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2018 Feb 1;128(2):655-667. doi: 10.1172/JCI93395. https://www.jci.org/articles/view/93395    PMID: 29251627.

2017        Abbie Johnson, PhD                 Basic Track

Johnson AC- Nagle KJ- Tremble SM- Cipolla MJ.  The Contribution of Normal Pregnancy to Eclampsia.  Published in PLoS ONE July 28 2015; 10(7): e0133953.  10.1371/journal.pone.0133953    PMID: 26218425

2017        Robert Dietz, MD                     Pediatric Track

RM Dietz – G Deng – JE Orfila – X Hui – RJ Traystman – PS Herson.  Therapeutic hypothermia protects against ischemia-induced impairment of synaptic plasticity following juvenile cardiac arrest in sex-dependent manner. 0306-4522/c 2016 IBRO. Published by Elsevier Ltd.    Neuroscience 2016-06 – 14 – Volume 325 – Pages 132-141 – Copyright 2016 IBRO                     10.1016/j.neuroscience.2016.03.052   PMID: 27033251

2017        Erin Zinkhan, MD                     Pediatric Track

R. Blair Dodson – Thomas A. Miller – Kyle Powers – Yueqin Yang – Baifeng Yu – Kurt H. Alberting – Erin K. Zinkhan.  Intrauterine growth restriction influences vascular remodeling and stiffening in the Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology 412 (2015) 73-84.weanling rat more than sex or diet.  Am J Physio Hearth Circ Physiol 312: H250-H264 – 2017.  First published November 23 2016; doi: 10.1152/ajppheart.00610.2016.    10.1152/ajpheart.00610.2016PMID:  27881387

 2016        Derek Boeldt, PhD                  Basic Track

Derek S. Boeldt – Mary A.  Grummer – FuXian Yi – Ronald R. Magness – Ian M. Bird  Phosphorylation of Ser-279/282 and Tyr-265 positions on Cx43 as possible mediators of VEGF-165 inhibition of pregnancy-adapted Ca2+ burst function in ovine uterine artery endothelial cells.   Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology – Vol. 412 – 5 September 2015 – pages 73-84         10.1016/j.mce.2015.05.030     PMID:    26033246

2016         James Wynn, MD                    Pediatric Track

James Lawrence Wynn – Chris S. Wilson – Jacket Hawiger – Philip O. Scumpia – Andrew F Marshall – Jin-Hua Liu – Irina Zharkikh – Hector R. Wong – Patrick Lahni – John J. Benjamin – Erin J. Plosa – Jorn-Hendrik Weitkamp – Edward R. Sherwood – Lyle L. Moldawer –  Ricardo Ungaro – Henry V. Baker – M. Cecilia Lopez- Steven J. McElroy – Natacha Colliou – Mansour Mohamadzaheh – and Daniel Jensen Moore.  Targeting IL–17A attenuates neonatal sepsis mortality induced by IL-18.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 May 10;113(19):E2627-35.)   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27114524 PMID:  27114524

2016        Nicole Marshall, MD, MCR     OB/Gyn Track

Marshall NE – Murphy EJ – King JC – Haas EK – Lim JY – Wiedrick J – Thornburg KL – Purnell JQ.  Comparison of multiple methods to measure maternal fat mass in late gestation.  Am J Clin Nutr 2016 Apr. 103(4): 1055-63. doi 10.3945/ajcn.115.113464. Epub 2016 Feb 17.  10.3945/ajcn.115.113464  PMID:  2688714