American Lung Association Invests More Than $6.38 Million in Fiscal Year 2017, Announces New Awards and Grants for Lung Disease Research | American Lung Association

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American Lung Association Invests More Than $6.38 Million in Fiscal Year 2017, Announces New Awards and Grants for Lung Disease Research

(August 23, 2016) - CHICAGO

As part of the American Lung Association's continued efforts to advance research for all lung diseases and reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and families, the organization will be funding more than $6.38 million in grants in fiscal year 2016-2017, almost $2 million of which is for newly awarded research on lung disease through the nationwide Awards and Grants Program.

"Each breath matters for us all, and especially for the more than 31 million Americans living with a lung disease, and making investments in lung disease research is key to saving lives," said American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer. "We are proud to invest over $6 million in lung disease research this year, building the momentum and funding research that can truly transform lives."

Currently, through the Awards and Grants Program, the Lung Association is funding a total of 68 research projects at 50 institutions throughout 24 states. Newly funded research includes, but is not limited to, projects aimed at:

  • Identifying signaling mechanisms driving lung cancer invasion
  • Understanding epigenetic factors influencing lung cancer and the chemotherapeutic response
  • Integrating smoking cessation interventions into lung cancer screening, which could potentially help reduce the risk of lung cancer for participants and save lives
  • Revealing the genomic determinants of death and disease progression in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Using technology: The development and pilot testing of a Pediatric Algorithmic Software Tool to Help Manage Asthma (ASTHMA)-Educator
  • Cell wall biogenesis in Mycobacterium tuberculosis: identifying cell envelope proteins and developing new potential treatment options.

In addition, the Lung Association funds the Airways Clinical Research Centers Network (ACRC), the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treatment research, attracting some of the best investigators nationwide. The patient-centered treatment takes places in the network of 17 clinical research centers throughout the country and a Data Coordinating Center managed by a team at Johns Hopkins University.

In total, through the ACRC and the Awards and Grants Program, the Lung Association has invested a total of $27 million from 2012 to 2017 in promising research on lung disease. According to Wimmer, the American Lung Association Awards and Grants Program provides investigators with the funds they need to advance research on lung disease while initiating and growing their lung disease careers.

"We are extremely proud of our research program, which funds lifesaving research and allows us to identify and support junior investigators and trainees who are interested in lung health research," said Wimmer. "By supporting these talented individuals early in their careers, we hope to ensure long-term commitments to lung disease research and to maintain a healthy supply of scientists dedicated to lung disease."

Applications for the 2017-2018 American Lung Association Awards and Grants Program will be accepted beginning in late August.

For media interested in learning more about research supported by the American Lung Association, contact Media@Lung.org or call 312-801-7628.

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About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.

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