Lung Association Announces Research Awards

(October 14, 2010)

Ralph Waldo Emerson once observed, "Science does not know its debt to imagination." And so it is with medical research.  Most of us see the world as it is.  But the researcher sees the world as it could be – a world where children don't suffer from asthma, where lung cancer doesn't cut lives tragically short and where lung disease is a distant memory.  That's why the American Lung Association funds medical research – to turn their imagination into reality.

The American Lung Association has released its annual report on its nationwide research awards which lists the many research scientists receiving support from the Lung Association to further the study of lung disease, from lung cancer to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

"Conducting research is a fundamental part of the Lung Association's strategy in its mission to improve lung health and prevent lung disease," Norman H. Edelman, M.D., American Lung Association Chief Medical Officer. "These grants play a critical role in attracting and retaining talented scientists who are invested in improving the lung health of more than 37 million people living with chronic lung diseases."

The American Lung Association will fund over $5 million in lung disease research in 2010-2011. Through its Awards and Grants Program, the Lung Association is funding 55 grants in the amount of $2.4 million that support research such as the study of novel approaches to motivate families to adopt home smoking bans and to stop airway wall thickening to improve COPD survival.

The American Lung Association's also helps fulfill the promise of research through its Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Network, America's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma treatment research. The ACRC Network, which consists of 18 sites and a Data Coordinating Center, is receiving $2.6 million to conduct large clinical trials that will have a direct impact on patient care and asthma treatment. The latest study being conducted by the network is examining the relationship between soy consumption and asthma symptoms. The ACRC program has been successful in generating millions of additional dollars in external support from government agencies and corporate partners.

This year, the Lung Association has the opportunity to fund quality research with its alliance partners: AAAAI, Alpha-1 Foundation, Chest Foundation, LUNGevity Foundation, and NTM Info & Research.

If you would like to see how the Lung Association continues to support research for better lung health, the Research Awards Nationwide 2010-2011 report is available and searchable on the American Lung Association website.

Note to potential applicants:
Eligible pre-doctoral students, fellows and junior faculty associated with not-for-profit U.S. institutions interested in applying for next year's awards (2011-2012) are invited to submit applications until October 21, 2010. For more information, please refer to www.lung.org/research.