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Pulmonary Center News

Professor Avi Spira and colleagues report in the New England Journal of Medicine results of a clinical trial to determine the effectiveness of a gene expression profile they developed in the Pulmonary Center as a signature of lung cancer. After examining 639 patients across 28 medical centers, results demonstrate that such molecular analyses of bronchial brushings significantly improves the capacity for bronchoscopy to accurately diagnose lung cancer.
Congratulations to Lee Quinton for his promotion to Associate Professor, with a primary appointment in Medicine and a secondary in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
Congratulations to Greg Wasserman, PhD student, and his mentor Assistant Professor Matt Jones, for receiving an F31 award from the NHLBI. This grant will support Greg’s education and research relating to roles of the Miwi2 protein in pulmonary inflammation.
We welcome Katrina Traber into her new role as a faculty member, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Pulmonary Center. Congratulations Katrina!
Congratulations to the PhD students in the Pulmonary Center who received prizes in the BUSM Russek Day celebration, including Fadie Coleman (first prize, Microbiology), Nicole Stauffer (second prize, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine), and Greg Wasserman (second prize, Microbiology).
Congratulations to Associate Professor Liz Klings who has been appointed the new Director of the Center of Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease at BUSM and BMC. The Sickle Cell Center conducts basic and translational research and trains fellows, house staff, and medical students in providing the best care for patients with sickle cell disease.
We are pleased to report that the 2014 Pulmonary Center Challenge raised more than $270,000 in commitments! We are inspired by this generosity, and these responses to the 2014 Challenge show us that building a Pulmonary Center endowment – dedicated to supporting the training of pulmonologists and lung biologists and to advancing research against pulmonary disease – is possible. An endowment will provide the Pulmonary Center with greater stability and freedom to pursue ever bolder directions in pulmonary research and training. We are proud of what has been accomplished, and encouraged by the progress it facilitates. Thank you to our wonderful and generous donors.
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Elucidating the biology of healthy lungs.
Discovering mechanisms responsible for pulmonary disease.
Translating basic biology to clinical intervention.
Determining clinical efficacy.
The Pulmonary Center is dedicated to fighting lung disease.  Pulmonary Center investigators integrate their research and educational activities; share laboratory space, facilities, and staff; combine resources; and work together daily.  The Pulmonary Center strengthens the individual research programs of its investigators while generating a unified effort to combat lung disease.
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