The American Lung Association formed a nationwide clinical network of Asthma Clinical Research Centers. These were established through a joint effort of the local and national American Lung Associations. The mission of this network is to perform large-scale clinical studies in asthma in diverse populations.
An initial grant funding a data coordinating center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Center for Clinical Trials, and 19 clinical centers was awarded in 1999 to promote important clinical research in adult and pediatric asthma.
The local Asthma Clinical Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine was selected to participate in this elite network and is the only center in Texas. Funding for this center comes mainly from American Lung Association of Texas and in part from Baylor College of Medicine. The principal investigator of the Baylor ACRC is Nicola A. Hanania, M.D., of the Pulmonary Section of the Department of Medicine. The co-principal investigator is Marianna M. Sockrider, M.D., Dr.PH, of the Pediatric Pulmonology Section of the Department of Pediatrics. The center includes several other investigators from Houston Methodist Hospital, Ben Taub Hospital, and Texas Children's Hospital and is part of the Biology of Inflammation Center.
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