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The American Lung Association Funds New Asthma Research at Oregon Health Science University

(May 31, 2018) - PORTLAND, Ore.

For more information please contact:

Holly Harvey
[email protected]
(206) 512-3292

As Asthma Awareness Month in May wraps up for another year, the American Lung Association is pleased to announce it has funded a $100,000 research grant to Dr. Matthew Drake of Oregon Health Science University.

This funding from the Lung Association will provide important new information in how airway nerves control cough and bronchoconstriction, a hallmark of asthmatic lung inflammation. In people with asthma, these nerves can be more sensitive to triggers, causing increased symptoms.

“The American Lung Association believes in the promise of research,” said Bev Stewart, Senior Vice President of the American Lung Association, Mountain Pacific Region. “Uncontrolled asthma continues to disrupt the lives of our family and friends, sometimes ourselves. Finding new and better ways to prevent asthma symptoms and attacks will help everyone breathe a little easier.”

New data shows a higher density of specific nerves in lung biopsies from asthmatic patients. Dr. Drake and researchers will use 3-D imaging techniques to quantify airway sensory nerves and inflammation in lung biopsies from patients with and without asthma. The findings will help provide new insight into to asthma treatments.

“This type of funding is critical,” says Dr. Drake, who is an assistant professor of pulmonary medicine with a special focus on asthma and critical care. “It allows us to explore the possibilities of new treatments and better outcomes for our patients.” 

Dr. Drake’s current research focuses on asthma and mechanisms of airway hyper-reactivity, which is the tendency for airways to contract abnormally to a stimulus. The grant from the American Lung Association will fund two years of research to test for a more individualized asthma treatment option.

For more information about this new research, contact Holly Harvey at [email protected] or 206-512-3292, or visit Oregon Health Science University’s Asthma Lab website.


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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