Asthma is a chronic, complex disease that is a major public health problem. Nearly one in every 13 people in the United States has asthma -- more Americans than have coronary heart disease or cancer or Parkinson's Disease. Asthma is the most serious chronic disease of childhood and disproportionately strikes the poor.
The American Asthma Foundation is the only national advocacy group in the United States devoted solely to asthma. Marion O. Sandler, Chairman of the Board, describes the Foundation's mission as "raising funds for research to improve treatment, prevent, and find a cure for the disease. Sad to say, there is no cure for asthma and little progress has been made in 50 years in improving treatment."
Elaborating on the organization's approach to research, Sandler explains, "The American Asthma Foundation underwrites a national grants program to attract the best scientific minds to address the asthma problem. Specifically, through its Strategic Program for Asthma Research the American Asthma Foundation supports highly original, cutting-edge asthma research by providing generous multi-year awards to scientists not previously involved in the study of asthma."
Over the past nine years, the American Asthma Foundation's Strategic
Program for Asthma Research has awarded almost $60 million to 110 outstanding
researchers. These United States and Canadian scientists have been drawn from
a wide range of fields including biology, epidemiology, medicine, pathology,
and pharmacology. Citing the impact of SPAR awards, Executive Director Smith
comments that "SPAR investigators have generated over $35 million in new funds
from other sources for asthma research. Additionally, over 70%
|SOURCE American Asthma Foundation|
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