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American Asthma Foundation Announces Breakthrough Discovery
Date:1/6/2009

of awardees have continued to study the disease after completion of their SPAR grant." Recently, the American Asthma Foundation's SPAR has expanded recruiting efforts to major universities in Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Sweden.

Detailing the positive outcomes achieved by SPAR-funded investigators, Smith notes, "To date, American Asthma Foundation SPAR awards have resulted in eleven promising breakthroughs, or new 'pathways,' that have led to support from the pharmaceutical industry. Three of these breakthroughs have progressed to clinical trials. Because the time from a 'discovery at the bench' to a new therapy is often measured in decades, we are encouraged that several SPAR-supported projects are on the way to beating this timetable to find a possible therapy." Smith also observes, "SPAR-supported investigators have published over 200 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, thereby helping to more broadly distribute the knowledge gained through research sponsored by the program." The title of Dr. Karp's Nature article is "Allergenicity Resulting from Functional Mimicry of a Toll-like Receptor Complex Protein."

Executive Director Smith invites members of the public to help fund SPAR research to find a cure and better treatments for asthma by making a donation at the American Asthma Foundation's website, http://www.americanasthma.org.


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