American Lung Association Awards More Than $5 Million for Lung Disease Research

Washington, D.C. (July 16, 2012)

As part of the American Lung Association’s continuing efforts to find cures for all lung diseases, the organization will be funding more than $5 million for research on several lung diseases—from lung cancer to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—beginning in July 2012.

“There are a number of important studies that embody the American Lung Association’s mission of improving lung health and preventing lung disease in our nation,” said Dr. Norman H. Edelman, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association. “Our support of this research is an investment in a healthier future for Americans who are impacted by and at risk of lung disease.”

Through its Awards and Grants Program, the Lung Association will fund 68 grants totaling $3 million. The Awards and Grants Program supports primarily 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. Studies currently being funded by this program include one explaining how environmental exposures such as diesel fuel, urban dust particles and cigarette smoke aggravates airway disease, and another validating a biomarker to determine who will respond/fail to lung cancer treatment.

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 American Lung Association will provide $2.6 million in base support to the ACRC Network, which consists of 18 sites and a Data Coordinating Center, and partner with both industry and government to conduct large clinical trials that will have a direct impact on patient care and asthma treatment. Studies currently being conducted by the network include determining the optimal strategy to reduce the level of asthma therapy, as well as, test the novel idea that a proven therapy for obstructive sleep apnea can ameliorate asthma symptoms at night and improve asthma control.

The American Lung Association will release information on its entire 2012-2013 Research Portfolio this October through its Research Awards Nationwide publication.

Applications for the 2013-2014 American Lung Association Awards and Grants Program are now being accepted. To learn more, visit www.lungusa.org/finding-cures/grant-opportunities/. The application deadline is November 8, 2012.

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