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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. 











Center News

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.

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

Tina Hartert, M.D, MPH, Professor of Medicine, will serve as Vanderbilt’s principal investigator on the Children’s Respiratory Research and Environment Workgroup (CREW), a national consortium of asthma investigators that will study how genetics interact with environmental exposures during the prenatal and early childhood years to cause specific subtypes of childhood asthma and determine their distinct functional or biologic mechanism. Dr. Hartert is the principal investigator for the NIH-funded INSPIRE study, the largest of the contributing study populations. The INSPIRE study includes more than 1,900 families and is designed to understand how the early life environment affects future childhood health

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

Kecia Carroll, M.D, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, is co-investigator on the third Vanderbilt study, Prenatal and Early Childhood Pathways to Health (PATHWAYS).  PATHWAYS includes three cohorts of mothers and children that have been followed since pregnancy.

Team to study RSV’s role in asthma formation. Investigators in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine recently received a $4.5 million Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Center (AADCRC) grant from the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Paul Moore, MD, was recently featured in article for the April 8th issue of the VUMC Reporter for his continual dedication to his work as a physician and leading pulmonary specialist. Pulmonologist Moore always strives to bring his 'A game

Tina Hartert, MD, MPH, was the inaugural recipient of the Excellence in Mentoring Translational Scientists Award. This award recognizes exceptional mentorship as demonstrated by time dedicated to mentoring, guidance of mentees, structured approaches to supporting mentees, and the career trajectories of those mentored. New awards honor contributions to translational research at VUMC

Christian Rosas-Salazar, MD, MPH, received the Katherine Dodd Faculty Scholars Award 2014-2016 for his research project: Urine Clara Cell 16-kDa Secretory Protein and Childhood Asthma after Lower Respiratory Tract Infections in Infancy. Mentor: Tina Hartert M.D., M.P.H. The Katherine Dodd Faculty Scholars Program

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