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Finding Cures and Treatments: More Than $6.49 Million in Research Funding

(July 30, 2015)


Funding research to find cures and better treatments to support lung health is a cornerstone of the American Lung Association's mission and impact. Over the years, our research has led to breakthroughs like discovering the cause of infant respiratory distress syndrome and identifying the gene that causes cystic fibrosis. That's why we will fund more than $6.49 million in research grants in 2015-2016. Part of that—$3.89 million—will be invested in newly awarded research on lung disease through our nationwide research awards.

The American Lung Association Awards and Grants Program provides researchers with the funds they need to initiate and grow their lung disease careers.  Funding researchers early in their career helps to gain a long-term commitment to lung disease research.

"Making investments in this research is key to ensuring that research efforts on lung disease maintain momentum," said American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer. "We are proud to invest $6.49 million in research this year, which will move us toward achieving our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease."

We are currently funding a total of 69 research projects at 47 institutions throughout 28 states. Newly funded research projects cover a broad spectrum of the lung health frontier, including personalized medicine to treat lung cancer, exploring the role of genetics in the predisposition for COPD, studying the link between asthma and influenza, and much more.

"We are extremely proud of our research program, which not only funds important research, but also allows us to identify and support junior investigators and trainees who are interested in lung health research," said Wimmer.

In addition to our annual Awards and Grants program, we also conduct our own patient-centered research to investigate improved treatments for asthma and COPD through our Airways Clinical Research Centers Network (ACRC). The ACRC is the largest not-for-profit research network dedicated to asthma and COPD. Between ACRC and the Awards and Grants Program, the Lung Association has invested a total of $20.8 million from 2012 to 2016 in promising research on lung disease.

Call for submissions
The Lung Association is always looking for promising researchers to support. Applications for the 2016-2017 American Lung Association Awards and Grants Program will be available in August.

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