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American Lung Association Is Proud to Announce our New Research Awards

(November 6, 2014)

The American Lung Association Nationwide Research Program has released its annual Research Awards Nationwide 2014-2015 report that highlights research being supported by the Lung Association through its Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) and its Awards and Grants Program.

The Awards and Grants Program primarily supports trainees and junior investigators to ensure long-term commitments to lung disease research and to maintain an adequate supply of scientists dedicated to lung disease. 

This year the American Lung Association will be spending $9 million in lung disease research, supporting 85 novel and innovative research projects.  The carefully chosen research projects will focus on a wide range of complex issues to help combat and reduce the suffering and burden of lung disease on patients and their loved ones. 

In connection with our LUNG FORCE campaign, which seeks to spread awareness of the risks for lung cancer, the Lung Association will be supporting $1.6 million in lung cancer research.  This represents a 50 percent increase in the amount of research expenditures the Association is directing to the leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

Some of the Lung Association’s lung cancer researchers include:

Lung Cancer Discovery Award -
Kristina Crothers, MD of University of Washington is studying the best ways to communicate with high risk patients about the benefit and risks of lung cancer screening.

  • Lung Cancer Discovery Award -
    Johnathan Whetstine, PhD of Massachusetts General Hospital is examining how an enzyme, commonly found in cancer cells, impacts the effectiveness of chemotherapy against lung cancer.
  • American Lung Association, Free to Breathe and Uniting Against Lung Cancer Impact Award -
    Peter Kaiser, PhD of University of California, Irvine is attempting to develop new cancer drugs targeting p53, a protein crucial in suppressing the origination and spread of lung cancer.

The Lung Association is also pleased to announce the expansion of its Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) to include COPD research.  The American Lung Association Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Network continues to be the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma and now COPD treatment research. 

“Scientific research is clearly the front-line weapon in eliminating the terrible toll of lung disease on our families and loved ones,” said Norman H. Edelman, MD, senior scientific advisor of the American Lung Association. “Our support of this research is an investment in a healthier future for Americans who are impacted by and at risk of lung disease.”

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