Two Colorado Universities to Research COVID-19 with Funding from Lung Association

University of Colorado, National Jewish Health join Lung Association research team

With more than eight million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and an ongoing surge this fall, the American Lung Association is funding promising research through its COVID-19 Action Initiative to accelerate the search for COVID-19 solutions. Joining the American Lung Association’s research team are Kurt Randall Stenmark, M.D. from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and Irina Petrache, M.D. from the National Jewish Health. 

Dr. Stenmark and Dr. Petrache join 10 other awardees for the inaugural COVID-19 and Respiratory Virus Research Award, who are funded at $100,000 a year for two years. This award explores important avenues to find better treatments to reduce the burden we have experienced due this virus.

“For more than a century, the American Lung Association has served as the nation’s champion of lung health, and today we’re pleased to fund promising COVID-19 research from the nation’s leading scientific minds,” said Ellen Penrod, Executive Director of the Lung Association in Colorado. 

“We’re pleased to have both Dr. Stenmark and Dr. Petrache join our research team through the COVID-19 Action Initiative to seek bold new approaches to treatment in our shared goal to save more lives.”

These new research efforts are made possible through the American Lung Association’s COVID-19 Action Initiative, a $25 million investment in research, education, advocacy and coalition building over the next three years with an aim to end COVID-19 and defend against future respiratory viruses. The COVID-19 Action Initiative will be used to provide free lung health education to those in need, protect public health by advocating for COVID-19 and flu vaccines in underserved communities of color and prevent future outbreaks by investing in respiratory virus research. 

Since the launch of the COVID-19 Action Initiative, the organization announced a new research award and placed an urgent call for applications for the most promising research studies on COVID-19, and immediately expanded an existing research clinical trial to include COVID-19 research. The American Lung Association’s Airways Clinical Research Centers network (ACRC) is the nation’s largest network of nonprofit clinical trials focusing on asthma and COPD, and now – COVID-19. 

“By funding the most promising research and leveraging our existing ACRC network, we were able to nimbly implement new and promising research to support the lung health of Americans during this pandemic,” said Penrod.

For more information, contact:

James A. Martinez
(312) 445-2501
[email protected]

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