District Researcher Awarded $75,000 American Lung Association Grant to Study Pediatric Allergic Asthma

Lung health research is more important than ever. Never have we faced so many challenges to our lung health, including COVID-19, vaping and smoke from increased wildfires. Today, the American Lung Association announced that Adora Lin, MD., PhD., an allergist and researcher at Children’s National Hospital, was awarded the $75,000 American Lung Association/American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) Allergic Respiratory Diseases Award for her project, “Investigation of the role of B cells in Pediatric Allergic Asthma.”

Through basic biologic mechanisms, Dr. Lin’s project will look at how B cells are involved in the development of allergic asthma in children and aims to improve treatments and the lives of millions of people living with asthma.

“Here in the District, we face lung health challenges every day with 89,000 children and adults living with chronic lung disease,” said Deborah Brown, Chief Mission Officer at the Lung Association. “We are excited for Dr. Lin to join the American Lung Association Research Team to help improve lung health here in the District and across the nation.” 

In the 2022-2023 grants cycle, the Lung Association is funding $13.2 million for more than 130 lung health research grants. For this round of funding, the organization placed a greater focus on strategic partnerships with key organizations like American Thoracic Society and CHEST, and grants that focus on equity like the Harold Amos Scholar.

“It is wonderful to be recognized by the leading lung health organization,” said Dr. Lin. “This acknowledgment will allow our team to conduct further research and develop innovative solutions to combat allergic lung diseases. I am honored to receive this award from the American Lung Association and the AAAAI.” Research projects funded by the Lung Association are carefully selected through rigorous scientific review and awardees represent the investigation of a wide range of complex issues. Awards were given in eight different categories; ALA/AAAAI Allergic Respiratory Diseases Award, ALA/ATS/CHEST Foundation Respiratory Health Equity Research Award, Catalyst Award, COVID-19 Respiratory Virus Research Award, Dalsemer Award, Innovation Award, Lung Cancer Discovery Award, and Public Policy Research Award. 

The Lung Association’s Nationwide Research Program includes the Awards and Grants Program, and also our Airways Clinical Research Network, the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma and COPD treatment research.

For more information about the new grant awardees and the entire American Lung Association Research Team, visit Lung.org/research-team.

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