Nuala J. Meyer, MD, MS (MSTR)

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Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Medicine

Contact information
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street
5039 Gates Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-662-7049
Fax: 215-614-0869
B.S. (Biology)
Yale University, 1996.
M.D. (Medicine)
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, 2000.
M.S. (Translational Research)
University of Pennsylvania, 2011.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Critical Care Medicine
Acute respiratory distress syndrome
Septic shock
Pulmonary medicine

Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Meyer’s research uses genetic and molecular risk factors for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and organ dysfunction during sepsis to better understand the pathophysiology of these conditions and to seek novel treatments. The goal of her work is to develop personalized therapy for sepsis and ARDS. Her research program includes:

1) A large observational cohort of critically ill subjects with sepsis including COVID-19 pneumonia phenotyped for infection subtype, comorbidities, survival, ARDS, acute kidney injury (AKI), and cognitive impairment
2) Discovery and validation of genetic and molecular risk factors for sepsis-associated organ dysfunction
3) Clinical trials for ARDS and sepsis [Active: iSPY COVID; COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma; Cyclosporine A for COVID-19]

Selected Publications

Meyer Nuala J, Reilly John P, Anderson Brian J, Palakshappa Jessica A, Jones Tiffanie K, Dunn Thomas G, Shashaty Michael G S, Feng Rui, Christie Jason D, Opal Steven M: Mortality Benefit of Recombinant Human Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist for Sepsis Varies by Initial Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Plasma Concentration. Critical care medicine 46(1): 21-28, Jan 2018.

Reilly John P, Wang Fan, Jones Tiffanie K, Palakshappa Jessica A, Anderson Brian J, Shashaty Michael G S, Dunn Thomas G, Johansson Erik D, Riley Thomas R, Lim Brian, Abbott Jason, Ittner Caroline A G, Cantu Edward, Lin Xihong, Mikacenic Carmen, Wurfel Mark M, Christiani David C, Calfee Carolyn S, Matthay Michael A, Christie Jason D, Feng Rui, Meyer Nuala J: Plasma angiopoietin-2 as a potential causal marker in sepsis-associated ARDS development: evidence from Mendelian randomization and mediation analysis. Intensive care medicine 44(11): 1849-1858, Nov 2018.

Meyer Nuala J, Reilly John P, Feng Rui, Christie Jason D, Hazen Stanley L, Albert Carolyn J, Franke Jacob D, Hartman Celine L, McHowat Jane, Ford David A: Myeloperoxidase-derived 2-chlorofatty acids contribute to human sepsis mortality via acute respiratory distress syndrome. JCI insight 2(23): e96432, Dec 2017.

Hippensteel Joseph A, Anderson Brian J, Orfila James E, McMurtry Sarah A, Dietz Robert M, Su Guowei, Ford Joshay A, Oshima Kaori, Yang Yimu, Zhang Fuming, Han Xiaorui, Yu Yanlei, Liu Jian, Linhardt Robert J, Meyer Nuala J, Herson Paco S, Schmidt Eric P: Circulating heparan sulfate fragments mediate septic cognitive dysfunction. The Journal of clinical investigation 129(4): 1779-1784, Apr 2019.

Palakshappa Jessica A, Reilly John P, Schweickert William D, Anderson Brian J, Khoury Viviane, Shashaty Michael G, Fitzgerald David, Forker Caitlin, Butler Kelly, Ittner Caroline A, Feng Rui, Files D Clark, Bonk Michael P, Christie Jason D, Meyer Nuala J: Quantitative peripheral muscle ultrasound in sepsis: Muscle area superior to thickness. Journal of critical care 47: 324-330, Oct 2018.

Meyer Nuala J, Calfee Carolyn S: Novel translational approaches to the search for precision therapies for acute respiratory distress syndrome. The Lancet. Respiratory medicine 5(6): 512-523, Jun 2017.

Reilly John P, Christie Jason D, Meyer Nuala J: Fifty Years of Research in ARDS. Genomic Contributions and Opportunities. American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine 196(9): 1113-1121, Nov 2017.

Palakshappa Jessica A, Meyer Nuala J: Which Patients with ARDS Benefit from Lung Biopsy? Chest 148(4): 1073-1082, Oct 2015.

Angela J. Rogers and Nuala J. Meyer : Genomic Contributions to Precision Medicine in Critical Illness: sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome Precision Therapy in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. Jose L. Gomez, Blanca E, Himes, Naftali Kaminski (eds.). Springer International Publishing AG Page: in press, 2019.

Wang F, Meyer NJ, Walley KR, Russell JA, Feng R: Causal Genetic Inference Using Haplotypes as Instrumental Variables. Genet Epidemiol 40(1): 34-44, Jan 2016.

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Last updated: 10/07/2020
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