American Lung Association Supports $5 Million in Lung Disease Research

(September 28, 2009)

Funding research to find cures and better treatments is a critical part of the American Lung Association’s lifesaving mission. This year’s report “Research Awards Nationwide 2009-2010,” details how our National Research Program has granted $5 million of much-needed support to further the study of lung disease, such as asthma, COPD and lung cancer.

Supporting the best and brightest
“This year, we continue our Scholar Program, which highlights scientists that are considered to be among the best and the brightest investigators with great potential to impact the study of lung disease,” says 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 33 million people living with chronic lung diseases.”

Critical research
The American Lung Association National Research Program supports basic, applied and socio-behavioral research related to lung health. This year, we are funding a wide range of projects that could impact the lives of millions, including:

  • The Lung Association’s Asthma Clinical Research Centers Network study of how Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) influences asthma in kids
  • Genetic factors that play a role in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • The relationship between COPD and lung cancer

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

Call for submissions
The Lung Association is always looking for promising researchers to support. Eligible pre-doctoral students, fellows and junior faculty associated with not-for-profit U.S. institutions interested in applying for next year’s awards (2010-2011) are invited to submit applications until October 21, 2009. For more information, please refer to www.lung.org/research.