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Asthma Research Center

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Welcome to the Center for Asthma Research

Within the Center for Asthma & Environmental Health Research, our investigators study ubiquitous and modifiable factors that they have shown to, or are hypothesized to, play a causal role in asthma development and to impact the natural history of asthma. We have advanced our understanding of the clinical significance of respiratory infections and oxidant defense in the development of asthma, established the infant viral respiratory illness severity-dependent risk on early childhood asthma development and asthma severity, as well as established the causal role of RSV infection in asthma development. In addition, we have shown that persons with asthma have an increased risk for invasive infections outside the respiratory tract, establishing asthma and allergic diseases as risk factors for vaccine-preventable diseases, work that has led to vaccine policy changes for influenza and pneumococcal vaccine. Our highly collaborative translational research group has established several parallel cohorts aimed at answering important questions related to asthma inception, natural history, and effectiveness of treatment and prevention strategies. The current work of the Center is now extending these findings into proof of concept and early intervention studies moving ever closer to strategies for primary disease prevention.








Tina Hartert, MD, MPH
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Translational Science
Professor of Medicine, Lulu H. Owen Chair
Director, Center for Asthma Research
Department of Medicine
Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine


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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

Tina Hartert, MD, MPH, named to Lulu H. Owen Chair in Medicine. Dr. Hartert was recently recognized by Vanderbilt University for her extraordinary academic achievements in a celebration to honor faculty members who have been named to endowed chairs. Celebration honors nine new faculty chair holders

Patricia (Cookie) Minton, RN, AE-C, CCRP, Research Nurse Specialist IV in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, received the Vivien Thomas Award for Excellence in Clinical Research. Awards honor dedicated efforts of research staff

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