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American Lung Association Funds $6.49 Million in Lung Health Research

(November 16, 2015)

It's been said that "the best way to predict the future is to invent it." To do that, the American Lung Association is investing in research by the most inventive and inquisitive medical minds to make a world free of lung disease a reality for future generations.

Our recently released Research Awards Nationwide 2015-2016 report highlights our Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) network and the 69 innovative research projects we support through the Awards and Grants Program.

Lung Association research award recipients include Dr. Johnathan Whetstine, 2014 Lung Cancer Discovery Awardt recipient and Dr. Sweta Mishra, 2015 Senior Research Training Fellowship recipient, who are doing important work on drug-resistant lung cancer research. Watch below as they talk about their projects.

And, Dr. Peggy Lai, supported by a Biomedical Research Grant, who is investigating bacteria and its impact on indoor air quality. Learn how Dr. Lai's studies have led her to chicken coops in rural Uganda.

In 2015-2016, the Lung Association will fund a total of $6.49 million in grants, including more than $3.8 million for our career ladder program, as well as funding for the Airways Clinical Research Centers, our clinical network. When you can't breathe, nothing else matters. More than 33 million Americans live with a lung disease like asthma, COPD, or lung cancer, and we know that scientific research is the front-line weapon in eliminating the terrible toll of lung disease on our families and loved ones," said Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association. "We are proud to fund $6.49 million in research this year, investing in a healthier future for Americans who are impacted by and at risk of lung disease, whether asthma, lung cancer, COPD or pulmonary fibrosis."

The American Lung Association Nationwide Research Program funds the very best research with the goal of uncovering effective prevention and treatments strategies as well as cures for lung disease.
This year, in connection with our LUNG FORCE initiative—which seeks to raise awareness, provide patient support and much needed funds to help defeat lung cancer in women—the Lung Association  significantly increased it's funding for lung cancer research, allocating more than $2 million specifically for lung cancer, out of our total $6.49 million in grants for 2015-2016.

The Lung Association has also expanded the ACRC network to include research not only on asthma, but also COPD. The network will continue to directly impact patient care for asthma in diverse populations, but will now be able to conduct large, clinical trials to provide vital information about caring for people who have asthma and now, trials examining COPD as well.

Learn more about researchers across the country who are making an impact on lung health by visiting Research Awards Nationwide 2015-2016.

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