American Lung Association Releases Report of Scientists Receiving $5 Million for Lung Disease Research

(October 12, 2010)

The American Lung Association National Research Program released its “Research Awards Nationwide 2010-2011”. This report provides information on current 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).

“The Lung Association's National Research Program supports basic and applied research, including socio-behavioral research related to lung health. Conducting research is a fundamental part of the organization’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 Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Network is the nation’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.

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.

Research Awards Nationwide 2010-2011 is available and searchable on the American Lung Association web site www.lung.org/research.

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.

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