Division of Pulmonary and Respiratory Diseases Research and Innovation

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The Pulmonary and Respiratory Diseases Division at Children`s Hospital Boston is committed to advancing the understanding of pulmonary disease through basic, translational and clinical research.

Clinical Research

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The Division is actively involved in several clinical research projects. Members of the Division are investigating pulmonary outcomes of prematurity, manifestations of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, the management of parapneumonic effusion and necrotizing pneumonia, and sleep disturbance in children. Several studies are ongoing regarding Cystic Fibrosis including but not limited to epidemiological studies, the pathobiology of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the use of induced sputum in evaluating infection and inflammation, and the role of modifier genes in disease expression. The Cystic Fibrosis Center at Children's Hospital has been designated a Therapeutics Development Center by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is also currently engaged in a variety of early clinical trials involving novel therapeutics for Cystic Fibrosis.

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Basic Science Research

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Members of the Division are engaged in basic research projects exploring mechanisms pertinent to a wide variety of pulmonary diseases. These include investigations into the basic mechanisms of asthma, the role and mechanisms of inflammation in lung diseases including Cystic Fibrosis, and the physiologic manifestations of injury to the lung during growth. A major component of the Division's research is centered in the Ina Sue Perlmutter Laboratories at Children's Hospital under the direction of Norma Gerard, Ph.D. The work in this laboratory focuses on inflammatory responses in the lung, particularly the identification and function of chemokines and their receptors. The laboratory has elucidated the roles of these receptors in both amplifying some disease processes and reducing others. One such chemokine receptor has recently been shown to act as a co-receptor for the AIDS virus.

Respiratory Diseases Research Center

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Fellows Research

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Fellows in Children's Division of Pulmonary Medicine have the opportunity to work in the above laboratories as well as others throughout the Harvard Medical system.  You can find more information about fellows research under the Fellowship Program page. 

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Research Staff

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  • Craig Gerard, MD, PhD: Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Chief, Division of Respiratory Diseases, Boston Children's Hospital

  • Alicia Casey, MD: Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Boston Children's Hospital

  • Hyeryn Choe, PhD: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Boston Children's Hospital

     
  • Martha Fishman, MD: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Boston Children's Hospital

  • Jonathan Gaffin, MD, MMsc: Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Boston Children's Hospital

  • Norma Gerard, PhD: Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Boston Children's Hospital

  • Christopher Hug, MD, PhD: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Boston Children's Hospital

  • Eliot Katz, MD: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Boston Children's Hospital

  • Bao Lu, MD: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Boston Children's Hospital

  • Thomas Martin, MD: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Boston Children's Hospital

  • Pyong Woo Park, PhD: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Boston Children's Hospital

  • Lawrence Rhein, MD: Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Boston Children's Hospital 

     
  • Gregory Sawicki, MD, MPH: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Boston Children's Hospital

     
  • Meera Subramaniam, MD: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Boston Children's Hospital

  • Ahmet Uluer, DO, MS: Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Boston Children's Hospital

  • Gary Visner, DO: Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Boston Children's Hospital

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