Division Highlights - Pulmonology & Sleep Medicine

The Division of Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine provides interdisciplinary family-centered care for children with respiratory disorders, including asthma, cystic fibrosis, sleep disorders, neuromuscular disorders, and chronic lung disease.

The division continues to build upon leading-edge clinical research into the early diagnosis and epidemiology of cystic fibrosis with new investigations into the disease’s microbiome. Additional clinical research focuses on environment-disease interactions in asthma, pulmonary management of children with neuromuscular disorders, education and effect of sleep disorders in children. The division also has an active translational research program that is investigating the role of stem and progenitor cells in newborn lung disease.

2016 Highlights

  • Vivek Balasubramaniam, MD, received the Society for Pediatric Research’s (SPR) Thomas Hazinski Distinguished Service Award for his exceptional service to the SPR and his deep commitment to advocacy initiatives and furthering child health and child health research.

    Dr. Balasubramaniam will also serve as a co-investigator/subaward principal investigator on a four-year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for the project, “Specific Lysis for Large-Volume, High-Purity Endothelial Progenitor Cell Isolates” (principal investigator: Bradley Berron, PhD, the University of Kentucky).

  • The research team led by Principal Investigator HuiChuan Lai, PhD (Nutritional Sciences), and Co-Investigators Philip Farrell, MD, PhD, and Michael Rock, MD, received a five-year, $3,435,587 R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for the project, "Early Childhood Diet, Growth, Gut Microbiome and Lung Health in Cystic Fibrosis."

  • Michael Rock, MD, received a two-year, $177,755 Additional Research Coordinator Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics, Inc. (CFFT).

  • Mary Schroth, MD, received a five-year, $1,700,000 Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC) training grant competitive renewal from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

  • In 2016, U.S. News and World Report ranked American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) among the top 50 children’s hospitals for pediatric pulmonology.



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