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Photos: $8 Million in Asthma Research Grants Awarded to 12 Scientists
Date:7/8/2009

," stated Dean Smith, the Executive Director. "American Asthma Foundation awards so far have produced 17 potential breakthrough pathways into new treatments, preventions or cures, with 11 securing pharmaceutical industry investment. Three of these breakthroughs are already in clinical trials."

To put the AAF contribution in perspective, Smith added, "Since the American Asthma Foundation began, over $70 million has been granted to awardees to pursue the basic research essential to providing relief to asthma sufferers. These funds total more than all other private money financing for asthma research combined. Moreover, AAF scientists have gone on to secure over $36 million in additional funds based on the work begun under the AAF."

Asthma is a chronic, complex disease that is a major public health problem. Over 23 million- or one in 13 -- people in the United States have asthma. -- More Americans have asthma 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.

This year's winners, along with a brief description of their projects, can be seen at www.americanasthmafoundation.org.

TO ARRANGE AN INTERVIEW WITH AN AAF EXECUTIVE OR RESEARCHER, OR FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:

    Dean L. Smith,
    Executive Director,
    American Asthma Foundation
    415-404-3464,
    dsmith@americanasthma.org


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