American Lung Association Awards Grant to New York City Researcher Studying Interstitial Lung Disease

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 in New York announced that Dr. Kerri Aronson from Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University was awarded the Catalyst Award to study Interstitial Lung Disease.  

“New York State has more than 2,305,000 people in our state are living with chronic lung disease,” said Erica Masin, Executive Director at the Lung Association in Metro-New York. “We are excited for Dr. Aronson to join the American Lung Association Research Team to help improve lung health here in New York City and across the nation.” 

Dr. Aronson’s research program focuses on developing and testing novel interventions to improve patient centered outcomes for those living with Interstitial Lung Disease. She is using stakeholder engagement to develop an intervention targeting improvement in health-related quality of life and disease-related knowledge for people living with hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

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.

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

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Solomon
(516) 680-8927
[email protected]

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