Drs. HuiChuan Lai, Phil Farrell, and Michael Rock Receive Renewal Grant from Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Congratulations to HuiChuan Lai, PhD, RD (Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Pediatrics, and Population Health Sciences), Principal Investigator, and Phil Farrell, MD, PhD (Emeritus Dean and Professor, Division of Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine), Co-Principal Investigator, along with Co-Investigator Michael Rock, MD (Professor, Division of Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine), who were recently awarded a three-year renewal of their grant from Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) in the amount of $1,138,931 of total costs. This Clinical Research Award, entitled, “Impact of Early Malnutrition on Lung Disease Development in Cystic Fibrosis (CF),” builds on the continued success of her “Feeding Infants Right.. from the STart (FIRST)” study. Funding for Years 4 to 6 will: 1) Assess the impact of early nutritional status on CF lung disease as quantified by lung clearance index (LCI) and chest computed tomography (CT) at age 5-6 years; 2) Provide coordinated support for subjects participating in both LCI/CT and whole genome sequencing (WGS) study primarily funded by another grant; 3) Establish a biospecimen bank collected from the FIRST cohort through their first decade of life; and 4) Obtain CFF-ID for FIRST study subjects for linking with the CFF Patient Registry for future long-term outcome studies. This multi-center clinical study involves five CF Centers in four states (Utah, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Massachusetts), and continues to generate novel and critically important knowledge for better care of young children with CF.