2022-2023 Awards & Grants Funding Cycle Begins

Newly Funded Research Adds to Scope of Lung Health Contributions

A centerpiece of American Lung Association’s research funding is our Awards & Grants Program, which supports the best and brightest scientists who are helping create a world free from lung disease. For more than a century, our Awards & Grants Program has advanced medical and scientific research to improve the quality of life for lung disease patients and their families.

A new funding cycle means new opportunities for scientific progress! To learn more about our key awards and grants funding, visit: Lung.org/awards

Spotlight on Awardees

With 48 projects receiving funding as part of this latest cycle, we are currently funding 96 awards. Here are a few highlights of the newly funded. Check back in October for our full list of 2022-2023 awardees!

Moumita Ghosh is shown from the shoulder up. She is wearing a blue and red plaid shirt with a gold necklace. She has shoulder-length dark hair and is smiling.

Moumita Ghosh, PhD
University of Colorado (Denver, Colorado)
Deconstructing and Reconstructing the Impact of the Immune Microenvironment
Lung Cancer Discovery Award

Can we detect lung cancer earlier? By studying the outside layer of cells in lung tissue, this project is looking at how changes in these cells may signal the development of lung cancer.

Sixto Leal is shown from the shoulders up, he is wearing a white lab coat, blue tie and glasses.

Sixto Leal, MD, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, Alabama)
The Impact of SARS-CoV-2 Immune Dysregulation on Antifungal Immunity
COVID-19 Respiratory Virus Research Award

This project will find out why some COVID-19 patients develop an additional infection with Pulmonary Aspergillosis. It hopes to protect the most susceptible patients and help prevent an added burden.

Adora Lin is shown from the shoulder up. She is smiling into the camera and wearing a dark blue top and glasses.

Adora Lin, MD, PhD
Children’s National Medical Center & Children’s Research Institute, (Washington, D.C.)
Investigation of the Role of B Cells in Pediatric Allergic Asthma
ALA-AAAAI Allergic Respiratory Disease Award

Are the immune cells in children with allergic asthma different than those without? Determining this mechanistic difference in antibody production will help improve treatments in the future for those who have asthma.

Sladjana Prisic is shown from the shoulder up. She is smiling into the camera and wearing a printed green shirt. She has long dark hair.

Sladjana Prisic, PhD
University of Hawaii (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Dissecting How Macrophages Respond to Zinc Limited Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
Innovation Award

This study aims to understand low zinc is found in infected tissues and how it triggers physiological changes in the bacterium causing tuberculosis, which may lead to more effective treatments.

Trent Tipple is shown form the shoulder up, he is wearing a white lab coat and blue shirt with a patterned tie. He has short dark hair and a dark beard.

Trent Tipple, MD
Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
Selenium-dependent Mechanisms in Neonatal Lung Development and Hyperoxic Responses
Innovation Award

This project is studying lung development issues in premature babies, specifically focusing on the role of the nutritional element, selenium. The findings will help us better understand Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD), the leading cause of lung problems in premature babies.

Tianshi David Wu is shown from the shoulder up. He is wearing a lab coat, a blue tie and glasses.

Tianshi David Wu, MD
Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas)
Insulin as a Modifiable Risk Factor for Worsened Asthma and Airways Hyperresponsiveness
ACRC Early Career Investigator

Is there a relationship between insulin levels and asthma outcomes? This study aims to understand if insulin levels are a risk factor in asthmatics, which could potentially lead to new treatments for not well-controlled asthma.

Page last updated: August 11, 2022

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