Center for Pediatric Pulmonary Disease

CenterPoints: Thomas Ferkol, MD, talks about the Center for Pediatric Pulmonary Disease and its role in facilitating research.

Despite tremendous medical and scientific advances over the past three decades, the frequency of respiratory illness in children has reached epidemic rates. The number of children with asthma has risen 150 percent in the past 30 years. 

Lung problems are one of the leading causes of infant deaths, especially among children with low birth weights. The goal of the Center for Pediatric Pulmonary Disease develop more effective treatments or even prevent these respiratory problems in infants and young children.

One focus is on identifying specific genes and developmental mechanisms that contribute to the risk of respiratory disease in children. Our investigators are developing diagnostic tools and risk reduction strategies. Other  researchers are working on pharmacological manipulation and developmental reprogramming of cells or genes to ameliorate, eliminate or prevent these lung conditions.

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