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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

Niek Achten, M.D., receives an ATS travel award.  Dr. Achten, former research fellow for the Asthma Research Group, was granted a travel fund to visit the American Thoracic Society Conference and present two abstracts. 

Cosby Stone, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., discusses seasonal allergies on WTVF Channel 5.  Dr. Stone, Vanderbilt allergist, appeared on Channel 5's MorningLine to talk about prevention, causes and possible treatments for seasonal allergies.

Christian Rosas-Salazar, MD, MPH, recently received the prestigious Parker B. Francis Fellowship Program award for his project titled “Infant RSV Infection, the Airway Microbiome, and Childhood Respiratory Outcomes ”. The Parker B. Francis Fellowship Program is a national award given to promising young investigators who demonstrate strong research skills in the field of pulmonary, sleep, and critical care.

Tina Hartert, M.D., M.P.H. and Cosby Stone, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., recently developed a tool to determine who needs to be vaccinated. Who to Vax is an interactive tool developed by Drs. Hartert and Stone to determine whether an adult should receive the adult pneumococcal vaccination.

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.

For a full overview of the Center News, click here.