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Funding $6.5 Million in Lung Health Research, American Lung Association Details Promising Investments in Research Awards Nationwide Report

(October 18, 2016) - CHICAGO

For more information please contact:

Allison MacMunn
[email protected]

The American Lung Association has released the 2016-2017 Research Awards Nationwide, a report detailing lung disease research funded by the organization to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the American Lung Association is funding a total of more than $6.5 million in grants.

"Breathing is essential to life, yet more than 31 million Americans live with a chronic lung disease. Investing in scientific research is critical to identifying effective prevention and treatment strategies as well as cures for lung diseases, such as asthma, lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, COPD and more," said American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer. "By funding more than $6.5 million in promising research today, we are investing in a healthier future for Americans who are impacted by and at risk of lung disease."

This year's report includes details about the 69 novel and innovative research projects as well as the ACRC network – which includes a data coordinating center managed by a team at Johns Hopkins University and 17 clinical research centers, making it  the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treatment research.

By funding both the laboratory and patient-centered research highlighted in the 2016-2017 Research Awards Nationwide, the American Lung Association seeks to discover potential cures, effective prevention and treatment strategies and methods to improve the quality of life for those living with lung disease. Research projects funded by the Lung Association are carefully chosen through rigorous scientific review, and they represent an investigation of a wide range of complex issues to help combat and reduce the suffering and burden of lung disease.

"We are extremely proud of our research program, which not only funds important research, but also allows us to identify and support junior investigators and trainees who are interested in lung health research," said Wimmer. "By championing these talented individuals early in their careers, we hope to ensure long-term commitments to lung disease research and to maintain a healthy supply of scientists dedicated to lung disease."

In order to extend the impact of the American Lung Association Research Team, the Lung Association engages in collaborative efforts with other organizations to fund more research, including the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, American Thoracic Society, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, LUNGevity Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer.

"Funding medical research is at the core of the American Lung Association's mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease," Wimmer said. "For more than 100 years, our research has built healthier futures by funding the most innovative and inquisitive scientific minds, offering support to allow them to grow and advance in the field of lung health research."

More on these awards is published in the annual Research Awards Nationwide 2016-2017 report, interactive and available on, along with more information about the ACRC.

For media interested in speaking with an expert about lung health and the research the Lung Association funds, contact Allison MacMunn at [email protected] or 312-801-7628.


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 coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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