University of Iowa Researcher Awarded Grant to Study COVID-19

Joins cohort of researchers receiving $12.6 million in lung health grants

Sean Fain, PhD, from the University of Iowa, was awarded a $100,000 grant from the American Lung Association to study COVID-19 and chronic lung disease. He joins a cohort of researchers receiving a total of $12.6 million in over 100 grants in increased research funding from the organization, including seven new COVID-19 research grants. 

“Many of us know someone, be it a family member, coworker or friend who is suffering from ‘long COVID’ symptoms,” said Micki Sandquist, executive director at the Lung Association. “As a society, we need research like Dr. Fain’s to help all the ‘long-haulers’ in our lives heal from the damaging effects of this lung disease.”

For the Lung Association’s 2021-2022 research grant cycle, Fain received the COVID-19 and Emerging Respiratory Viruses Research Award. This award includes $100,000 per year for up to two years, totaling $200,000. Titled “Understanding ‘Long Haul’ COVID-19,” his project aims to study blood vessel injury in COVID-19 patients and gain insight on improving treatment for lung inflammation. 

Research projects funded by the Lung Association are carefully selected through a rigorous review committee and represent the investigation of a wide range of complex issues to help reduce the burden of lung disease. 

Meet the full Lung Association research team, including current awardees and their full abstracts at

For more information, contact:

Dana Kauffman
[email protected]

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