HuiChuan Lai, PhD, RD, and Phil Farrell, MD, PhD, Receive Grant from Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics

Congratulations to HuiChuan Lai, PhD, RD, Principal Investigator, and Phil Farrell, MD, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator, along with Co-Investigator Michael Rock, MD, who were recently awarded a 3-year grant from Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics, Inc. in the amount of $1,092,063. This Clinical Research Award, entitled, “Impact of Early Malnutrition on Lung Disease Development in Cystic Fibrosis,” will build on the success of her Feeding Infants Right… from the STart (FIRST) study, with expansion to 1) add chest CT and lung clearance index (LCI) assessments at 5-6 years of age and, 2) modernize biological specimen management, and 3) link the FIRST study cohort to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) patient registry for future, long-term outcome studies. This multi-center clinical study involves 5 CF Centers in 4 states (Utah, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Massachusetts).