University of Chicago (NU Consortium)

University of Chicago Asthma and COPD Center
5841 South Maryland Avenue, MC 6076
Chicago, Illinois 60637

If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial or learning more about the clinical trials at this center, please contact:

Virginia Zagaja
Lead Coordinator
(773) 702-4012

The Illinois Consortium consists of experienced investigators and coordinators who have worked together for up to 17 years and represent the major airways disease clinical research programs in Chicago. The physician leadership includes Lewis J. Smith, MD, professor of medicine (Northwestern), who has extensive experience in asthma, COPD and bronchiectasis research, Ravi Kalhan, MD, associate professor of medicine (Northwestern), who has expertise in respiratory epidemiology and determining the best care for COPD and asthma patients, James Moy, MD, associate professor of Immunology-Microbiology (Rush), who has extensive clinical trial experience in pediatric and adult asthma and COPD, Ted Naureckas, MD, Professor of Medicine (University of Chicago), who directs the Pulmonary Function Laboratory and Adult Cystic Fibrosis and Asthma and COPD programs, and Jerry Krishnan, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Public Health (University of Illinois at Chicago), who has extensive clinical research experience in asthma, COPD and other airway disorders, plus expertise in clinical effectiveness research. The Illinois Consortium is also supported by an outstanding group of coordinators, led by lead coordinator, Jenny Hixon. She has served in this role for the ACRC for more than ten years. She works closely with the coordinators at the other sites, training and mentoring new coordinators as they replace existing ones. Since the year 2000, IC investigators have successfully completed more than 100 clinical trials including 14 ACRC trials.

The facilities available for research vary among IC sites, but all have dedicated areas for research, which include interview and examination rooms, waiting areas, and specimen processing facilities. All sites have Koko (Software version 4.1) and Medgraphics spirometers with which they have extensive experience, having used them in ACRC and other clinical research studies and clinical trials, dosimeters to assess airway reactivity, and pulmonary function equipment to measure lung volumes and diffusing capacity. All sites also have experience and the appropriate expertise, equipment and other resources to measure eNO, obtain, process and analyze blood, sputum, exhaled breath condensate and urine, do allergy skin testing, perform chest x-rays and chest CT scans, and do flow cytometry of biological fluid.

Principal Investigator

Edward Naureckas, MD

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Page last updated: February 8, 2021

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