Research provides hope for millions of people living with asthma, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, and other lung diseases. Here's one research project we're sponsoring right here in Colorado:


National Jewish Health, Denver, CO
Biomedical Research Grant

Protein Could Boost Immune System Against Cigarette Smoke
Cigarette smoke is known to impair the immune system, reducing the body’s defense against bacterial infections. A novel protein known as the Fatty Acid Binding Protein 5 (FABP5), has been identified as having a central role in modulating natural immunity. The concentration of this protein is reduced by cigarette smoke exposure. The researchers will examine the potential involvement of FABP5 in the reduction of lung immune response resulting from cigarette smoke exposure in white blood cells called monocytes. Dr. Gally and team expect that the addition of FABP5 will protect monocytes against bacterial infection when exposed to cigarette smoke.

Asthma Clinical Research Network The American Lung Association is proud to have created a network of centers focused directly on asthma and the care and progression of asthma patients. With 20 centers nationwide, including one at National Jewish in Denver, we are making an impact right in our own backyard!

DeSouza Research Award is made possible courtesy of a restricted bequest left by Mr. James L. DeSouza of Phoenix, Arizona. It focuses on tuberculosis and related lung disease research.

See the research that the Lung Association is funding on a national level.