Joseph Kaserman, MD, receives John W. Walsh Translational Research Award in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

Andrew Wilson, MD, left and Grantee Joseph Kaserman, MD (PRNewsfoto/Alpha-1 Foundation)

Joseph Kaserman, MD, Instructor in the Section of Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep and Critical Care, received the inaugural  John W. Walsh Translational Research Award in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.  The award is named in honor of John W. Walsh, the co founder of the Alpha-1 Foundation, who dedicated his life to finding a cure for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and helping those afflicted by it. Kaserman will be using the $225,000 award ($75,000 over three years)  to study whether Alpha-1 carriers (individuals who have one normal Alpha1 gene (M) and one mutated gene (Z)), have an increased risk of developing liver disease. Alpha-1 is a genetic (inherited) condition, passed from parents to their children through their genes. It may result in serious lung disease in adults and/or liver disease at any age and up to 2% of the U.S. population could be an Alpha-1 carrier.

Congratulations to Dr. Kaserman!

Read more: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/busm/2018/01/31/joseph-kaserman-md-receives-translational-research-award/

 

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