Research and Grants


The Medical & Scientific Branch of the American Lung Association of the Northeast has a mission to encourage, support and sponsor lung disease research efforts focused on prevention, early detection and best practice treatment including rehabilitation.

MSB research efforts include:

  • Dissemination of information regarding available grant opportunities to health professionals throughout the Northeast.
  • Use of income generated from MSB activities such as the Pulmonary Section annual meetings to sponsor or co-sponsor local research activities through the American Lung Association awards.
  • Encouraging donations to the research funds. 
  • Provision of news and updates regarding supported projects to MSB members.

American Lung Association Research Grant Opportunities

Visit the American Lung Association’s Grant Opportunities page for full details including available grants and their full criteria, timelines and application information.

Funded Research

The American Lung Association Nationwide Research Program has released its Research Awards Nationwide 2012-2013 report that highlights research supported by the American Lung Association through its Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) and its Awards and Grants Program.

The American Lung Association Nationwide Research Program funds high quality research with the goal of uncovering effective prevention and treatment strategies as well as cures for lung disease.  The Program supports basic, applied and socio-behavioral research related to lung health and is a fundamental part of the Lung Association’s mission to improve lung health and prevent lung disease. 

The American Lung Association funds a number of research projects in the Northeast each year.   Visit the Research Awards Nationwide page to see grants awarded in 2012-2013 by state, by research topic or by grant type. 

The American Lung Association Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Network is the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma treatment research, attracting some of the best asthma investigators worldwide.   The Northern New England Consortium is based at the Vermont Lung Center at the University of Vermont.   Click here for full ACRC information including the list of centers, protocols currently recruiting and major research findings. 

The Massachusetts Pulmonary Section is pleased to be currently supporting the research of Finn Hawkins, MD, from Boston University Medical School.  Dr Hawkins is a post doctoral fellow at the Pulmonary Center at Boston University School of Medicine and the selected research project is entitled “Reconstituting Lung Epithelium with Gene-Corrected Disease-Specific iPS Cells”.  The research seeks to advance our understanding of lung progenitor cell biology and develop the approaches needed for the generation of functional transplantable lung tissue from autologous human pluripotent stem cells.  Research such as this in the field of stem cell biology is beginning to advance and refine our understanding of lung injury and repair, and new discoveries offer the hope for future clinical translation to directly improve the lives of patients. 

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Since 1904, the American Lung Association has worked to fight lung disease by helping people quit smoking, funding research, improving indoor and outdoor air quality, and educating millions about asthma. Our work is possible only through public donations. Make a donation now to help all Americans breathe easier