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Annual Report

2017 Annual Report - Research
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Fulfilling the Promise of Research

Over $6.5 million in research

Over $6.5 million in research funding

69 research projects & 18 ACRC centers

69 research projects and 18 Airways Clinical Research Centers

Funding research in 50 institutions and 24 states

Funding research in 50 institutions and 24 states

Medical research is the promise of better treatments, and ultimately, cures that will lead to a world free of lung disease. At the American Lung Association, we work to fulfill this promise every day, in ways that have a direct, life-changing impact on patients. Our research program includes our Awards and Grants Program and our Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) network, the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma and COPD). Our commitment to research in fiscal year 2017 was more than $6.5 million.

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This past year, our Awards and Grants program funded 69 research projects at 50 institutions throughout 24 states. Our American Lung Association Research Team was engaged in several new and promising areas of study, including:

  • Identifying signaling mechanisms driving lung cancer invasion
  • Understanding heritable factors influencing lung cancer and the response to chemotherapy
  • Integrating smoking cessation interventions into lung cancer screening, which could reduce the risk of lung cancer for participants
  • Revealing the genetic factors of disease progression and death in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Identifying cell envelope proteins and developing new potential treatments for Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Our ACRC Network continued investigations that have a concrete, near-term impact on patients’ lives, including a study published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, finding no evidence to support positive pressure (CPAP) as effective for reducing airways reactivity in people with well-controlled asthma. We continue to search for methods that improve asthma control for patients.

More Research Impact

Building an Innovative Research Team
Building an Innovative Research TeamFor more than a century, the American Lung Association has worked to advance medical research for all lung diseases and reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and families. Through our Awards and Grants Program we fund investigators at every stage of their career, with a particular focus on junior investigators, with the goal of starting them on a successful career dedicated to lung health research.

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Airways Clinical Reseach Centers Infographic
Dedicated to Asthma and COPD PatientsThe American Lung Association Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) network is a key component of our Research Team and is the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma and COPD treatment research. The ACRC network conducts large clinical trials that directly impact patient care for those living with COPD and asthma.

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