American Lung Association Awards $5 Million for Lung Disease Research

WASHINGTON, DC (August 4, 2010)

As part of the American Lung Association's continuing efforts to find cures for all lung diseases, the organization will be funding $5 million on research spanning various lung health fields, from lung cancer to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 

 Through its Awards and Grants Program, the Lung Association will fund 55 grants in the amount of $2.4 million.  Research being funded through this program includes the study of novel approaches to motivate families to adopt home smoking bans and to stop airway wall thickening to improve COPD survival.

"The goal of the American Lung Association's Awards and Grants Program is to fund research that has a positive impact on the lung health of patients and their families who suffer with lung diseases, including asthma, COPD and lung cancer," said Susan Rappaport, Vice President of Research and Program Services for the American Lung Association. "The majority of the awards support trainees and junior investigators to ensure long-term commitments to lung disease research and to maintain an adequate supply of scientists dedicated to lung disease."

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.

The American Lung Association will release information on its entire 2010-2011 Research Portfolio this October through its Research Awards Nationwide publication. 

The American Lung Association is also requesting applications for the 2011-2012 grant cycle. To learn more, visit www.lung.org/finding-cures/grant-opportunities/.  The application deadline is October 21, 2010. 

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About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases.  For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: www.Lung.org.