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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

May is Asthma Awareness Month.  This Asthma Awareness month, NIH reaffirms its commitment to support research to improve the health of people with asthma. NIAID, NIEHS, and NHLBI are the lead NIH Institutes working to better understand, prevent, and treat this respiratory diseases. Recent results from studies supported by these Institutes demonstrate the importance of healthy school environments for children with asthma and help illuminate the role of the immune system in the disease.

Dr. Christian Rosas-Salazar, M.D., M.P.H., receives ATS Assembly on Pediatrics Scientific Abstract Award. Dr. Rosas-Salazar's abstract "Risk or Protective Factor? Mild Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection in Infancy and the Development of Recurrent Childhood Wheeze" was selected by the Pediatric Program Committee in recognition of Young Investigator for his exceptional contribution to Research Submitted to the Assembly on Pediatrics.

Kedir Turi, Ph.D., receives AII abstract scholarship.  Dr. Turi's abstract was chosen by the Assembly on Allergy, Immunology and Inflammation (AII) to receive a scholarship for the 2017 American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference.

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. morningline/morningline-seasonal-allergies 

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