The American Lung Association (ALA) announced that its National Research Program is funding over $5 million in lung disease research in 2010-2011. The funds will be used to further the study of lung disease, from lung cancer to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

“The Lung Association’s National Research Program supports basic and applied research, including socio-behavioral research related to lung health. Conducting research is a fundamental part of the organization’s strategy in its mission to improve lung health and prevent lung disease,” says Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief medical officer for the ALA. “These grants play a critical role in attracting and retaining talented scientists who are invested in improving the lung health of more than 37 million people living with chronic lung diseases.”

Through its Awards and Grants Program, the ALA is funding 55 grants in the amount of $2.4 million that support research study of novel approaches to motivate families to adopt home smoking bans and to stop airway wall thickening to improve COPD survival.

The American Lung Association Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Network, the nation’s largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma treatment research, is receiving $2.6 million to conduct large clinical trials that will have a direct impact on patient care and asthma treatment. Currently, the network is conducing a study examining the relationship between soy consumption and asthma symptoms.

Additional funding recipients include: the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; the Alpha-1 Foundation; the Chest Foundation; the LUNGevity Foundation; and NTM Info & Research.

Source: The American Lung Association