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American Lung Association Invests More Than $6 Million in Lung Health Research

(August 17, 2016)

As part of our continued efforts to advance research for all lung diseases and reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and families, the American Lung Association announced that we will be funding more than $6.38 million in grants in fiscal year 2016-2017, almost $2 million of which is for newly awarded research on lung disease.

Currently, through the Awards and Grants Program, the Lung Association supports a total of 68 research projects at 50 institutions throughout 24 states. Newly funded research includes, but is not limited to, projects aimed at:

  • Identifying cellular processes that trigger lung cancer metastasis
  • Understanding how genes and the environment affect an individual's response to chemotherapy
  • Developing successful models for integrating quit smoking interventions into lung cancer screening
  • Revealing the role genes play in disease progression among patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Using technology to manage disease: the development and pilot testing of a software tool to manage pediatric asthma
  • How understanding the biology of the cell wall in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (the TB germ) might inform new potential treatment options

For the most part, the Awards and Grants Program funds researchers at important crossroads of their careers, typically those still in training or just gaining independence as faculty at institutions. Through this career ladder funding structure, we are building and expanding the community of researchers dedicated to lung health and committed to lung disease research. This funding structure ensures that there will be scientists and medical experts working to advance lung disease research progress for years to come.

In addition to the Awards and Grants Program, the Lung Association funds the Airways Clinical Research Centers Network (ACRC), the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma and COPD treatment research, attracting some of the best investigators nationwide. The patient-centered treatment takes place in the network of 17 clinical research centers throughout the country and a Data Coordinating Center managed by a team at Johns Hopkins University. In total, through the ACRC and the Awards and Grants Program, the Lung Association has invested a total of $27 million from 2012 to 2017 in promising research on lung disease.

If you are a lung disease researcher, pulmonologist or medical investigator, applications for the 2017-2018 Awards and Grants Program will be accepted beginning in late August 2016.  Learn more about applying online for these funding opportunities.

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