July 30, 2008

Children’s Hospital Hosts Federal Asthma Program

By The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Jul. 30--The National Institutes of Health have selected Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh as one of two in the nation to host a severe asthma research program, the hospital said today.

The goal of the federally funded clinical trial is to determine why as many as 10 percent of asthmatics cannot control symptoms, even with medication. Emory HealthCare in Atlanta is the other pediatric hospital in the program.

Children's Hospital's program will be lead by Dr. Shean J. Aujla, a pulmonologist. At least 20 children with asthma would be enrolled this year to make three research clinic visits for the study.

"Pittsburgh is fast becoming a national leader in the research and treatment of asthma and this grant will enable Children's Hospital to play a key role in understanding why kids who are severe asthmatics don't respond to treatment," Aujla said in a news release.

"By improved characterization of severe asthma, our goal is to improve treatment through this research so that severe asthmatics can prevent exacerbations and reduce the intensity and frequency of their symptoms, which can lead to missed school days, hospitalizations and in the most severe cases, even death."

For more information, visit online or call 412-692-5864 for information about enrolling in the study.


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