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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 $6.6 million in research funding

69 research projects & 18 ACRC centers

73 research projects and 18 Airways Clinical Research Centers

Funding research in 50 institutions and 24 states

Funding research in 53 institutions and 19 states

Medical research is about building bold new pathways that lead to better ways to prevent, treat and even cure lung disease. For 115 years, the American Lung Association has been a pioneer in the field of lung health research, funding innovative work that has 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. In fiscal year 2018, we increased both our total research funding dollars and the number of projects we funded, committing $6.6 million dollars to 73 projects.  We also continued to fund and manage the 18 research centers of our ACRC, which again had several studies published.

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This past year, our Research Team conducted promising research in diverse aspects of lung health, including

  • Understanding barriers for adoption of lung cancer screening guidelines in primary care
  • Behavioral treatment development for smoking cessation among COPD patients
  • Household dust and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Risk of hospital-acquired pneumonia is increased by cigarette smoke-induced impaired host defense
  • Impact of indoor environments on the viability of influenza viruses in droplets and aerosols

Our ACRC Network continued to conduct large clinical trials that will directly impact patient care for COPD and asthma, including four ACRC studies that were published in the prestigious  Journal of Asthma and The Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

More Research Impact

Building an Innovative Research Team
Building on Our Research LegacyThe American Lung Association Research Team is building on a legacy that is 115 years old and going stronger than ever, advancing medical research to reduce the burden of all lung disease on patients and their caregivers and loved ones. We fund investigators at every stage of their career through our Awards and Grants Program, from promising young candidates to seasoned researchers with a track record of success.

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Airways Clinical Reseach Centers Infographic
A Focus on Asthma and COPDAn estimated 15 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD and 26.5 million with asthma. The American Lung Association Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) is working for them! The ACRC is our nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma and COPD treatment research, conducting large clinical trials that directly impact patient care and reduce the burden for those living with COPD and asthma.

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