Research Project: Residential Radon, Socioeconomic Opportunity, and Respiratory Outcomes in Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
interstitial lung disease
Children born prematurely with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), or chronic lung disease of prematurity, have among the highest rates of asthma and are at high risk of impaired lung function at school age. Yet, risk factors for these outcomes are poorly understood. We will identify the role of residential radon, an environmental contaminant recently associated with asthma and airway inflammation in children, and socioeconomic opportunity in the development of asthma and lung function impairment in children with BPD. The research will utilize state-of-the-art geospatial tools to identify risk by neighborhood among a cohort of well-characterized school-age children with BPD. Results from this study will create a foundation for environmental, community- and policy-level interventions to improve lung health in children at high risk for poor respiratory health.