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Asthma Research Center

Center for Asthma Research


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About Our Center

The Center's disease focus is on asthma and allergic diseases, which are among the most common chronic diseases of both children and adults.  We firmly believe that the long-term solution to the asthma epidemic is primary and secondary disease prevention.  Thus, the major scientific programs of the Center for Asthma Research are to identify causal risk factors for asthma, understand their mechanism of action, and develop and test primary and secondary prevention strategies for asthma and allergic diseases.  The Center's current areas of focus for primary and secondary prevention include the role of respiratory tract infections, dietary factors, the microbiome, and medication exposures and utilization.  The Center is comprised of a group of highly collaborative and talented investigators, post-doctoral fellows, nurses, research assistants, and students who share a common goal to improve the health of people worldwide. null




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Center News

Cosby Stone, Jr. M.D., M.P.H., was featured in an interview with WSMV Channel 4. In light of the recent spring-like weather, Dr. Stone discussed the fast-approaching pollen season and what the end of winter means for Nashville residents.

Kedir Turi, Ph.D., presented at the Keystone Symposia on Molecular adn Cellular Biology in Keystone, CO. Dr. Turi spoke about Identification of Infant Acute Respiratory Illness Cytokine-Response Subgroups Associated wit hRecurrent Wheezing Phenotype.

Childhood health influences focus of new NIH initiative. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced it will award $157 million to launch a multi-center, seven-year initiative that will investigate how exposure to environmental factors in early development — from conception through early childhood — influences the health of children and adolescents.

Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO). Vanderbilt is among a consortium of study centers involved in the initiative known as ECHO, which will focus on four major health areas: asthma, neuro-development, obesity and perinatal outcomes.

Developmental Impact of NICU Exposures (DINE). Paul Moore, M.D., is the Vanderbilt principal investigator for the DINE cohort.  Vanderbilt’s cohort is the largest group of premature infants of the 15 DINE sites.


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