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Date:12/27/2007

l exposures in children and extending that research to improve diagnosis and clinical intervention. We believe this work will also inform public policy and community education aimed at reducing the burden of childrens asthma, Balshaw said.

The three new centers are:

  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore; Patrick N. Breysse, Ph. D. Breysse and his collaborators will form a new DISCOVER Center called the Center for Childhood Asthma in the Urban Environment. This group will examine how indoor and outdoor exposures to particulate matter and allergens may impact the airways of asthmatic children. African-American children living in inner cities often are disproportionately impacted by asthma because of excessive indoor and outdoor pollutants. The researchers will be working closely with the family members and others in the community as they conduct this research.
  • Columbia University School of Public Health, New York; Frederica Perera, Dr. PH. Perera and her collaborators will focus their research efforts on when and how common air pollutants from traffic and other combustion sources including diesel exhaust can affect the lungs of children. The Columbia Center for Childrens Environmental Health DISCOVER grant proposes to develop community partnerships and outreach to regulatory policy for improved disease prevention as well as develop biomarkers of exposure and disease progression and improved therapies for childrens asthma based on understanding environmental exposures.
  • University of Washington, Seattle; Joel Kaufman, M.D., MPH. Kaufman and colleagues will focus their research efforts on understanding the impact of traffic-related air pollution on cardiovascular disease. Specifically, the program will seek to increase understanding of biological pathways related to inflammation and vascular dysfunction from air pollutants and progression of cardiovascular disease. The ultimate translation of this program will p
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Contact: Robin Mackar
rmackar@niehs.nih.gov
919-541-0073
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
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