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PI: Dr. Mary Rice Co-Investigators & Trainees: Kelly Chen, Lina Nurhussien, Anna Stanley-Lee, Dr. Maura Alvarez Baumgartner, Dr. Amro Aglan, Dr. Mostafa Aglan, Dr. Nicholas Nassikas, Dr. Andrew Synn
The main goal of this study is to determine if placement of high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) purifiers in the home improves lung function, respiratory symptoms, and airway inflammation in former smokers with eosinophilic chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
PI: Dr. Mary Rice Co-Investigators & Trainees: Kelly Chen, Lina Nurhussien, Anna Stanley-Lee, Dr. Amro Aglan, Dr. Mostafa Aglan, Dr. Charlotte Scheerens, Dr. Andrew Synn
This study uses novel portable monitors to measure personal air pollution and temperature exposure and daily activity and lung function. Our goal is to assess if personal and community-level air pollution exposure in the Boston area affects lung function, respiratory symptoms, sleep and activity level among patients living with COPD.
PI: Dr. Nicholas Nassikas Co-Investigators & Trainees: Dr. Mary Rice, Dr. Diane Gold
Climate change has altered weather patterns and prolonged and intensified the allergy season. This project examines the associations of weather conditions, and pollen levels with lung function and airway inflammation among children (Project Viva) and adults.
PI: Dr. Mary Rice Co-Investigators & Trainees: Dr. Bess Flashner, Dr. Stephen Mein, Lina Nurhussien
Project Viva is a longitudinal study of children who have been followed from pre-birth through the teenage years. Through a series of research projects in collaboration with Project Viva investigators, we are examining how early life exposures including pollution, diet and exercise affect risk of asthma and allergic disease in childhood and adolescence.
PI: Dr. Robert Hallowell (MGH / BIDMC collaborating researcher) / Dr. Mary Rice Co-Investigators & Trainees: Dr. Kavitha Selvan, Dr. Bess Flashner, Lina Nurhussien, Dr. Ritu Gill
This clinical research project investigates the relationship of serum auto-antibodies with acute and chronic presentations of interstitial lung disease (ILD) and ILD-associated pulmonary vascular disease.
PI: Dr. Mary Rice Co-Investigators & Trainees: Dr. Maura Alvarez Baumgartner, Lina Nurhussien, Anna Stanley-Lee, Dr. Andrew Synn
This pilot research involves novel nasal sampling techniques developed by collaborators at UNC (Jaspers, Rebuli) to assess if inhaled air pollution exposures are linked to differences in mediators of inflammation, the nasal microbiome or the concentration of metals and elements in the upper respiratory tract among patients with COPD.
BIDMC Sub PI: Dr. Mary Rice
BIDMC Co-Investigators & Trainees: Dr. Murray Mittleman, Dr. Andrew Synn
Cohort Study PI's: Drs. Ravi Kalhan (NWU), George Washko (BWH), Mercedes Carnethon (NWU), Elizabeth Sugar (JHU)
The ALA Lung Health Cohort is the first national cohort of young adults focused on respiratory health, and seeks to develop targets to intercept chronic lung disease at its earliest stages. The multi-center cohort study is recruiting 4,000 generally healthy young adults aged 25-35 recruited at ALA Airway Clinical Research Centers. For this large project funded by NHLBI, we will apply geospatial analyses and exposure models to examine associations of long-term residential, educational and occupational environmental exposures and respiratory health.