Lemanske Research Group

Robert F. Lemanske, Jr., MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) in Madison. He is both in the Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology and the Associate Dean of Clinical and Translational Research within the SMPH. He is also the Deputy Executive Director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) where he serves as the Deputy Executive Director of Translational Workforce Development and Education.

His research interests have focused primarily on the pathophysiology and treatment of asthma including mechanisms underlying pulmonary late phase reactions, virus-induced airway dysfunction, and asthma inception, treatment and prevention in infants and young children. He has been the Principal Investigator of a Program Project Grant from the NHLBI that continues to study the contributions of both genetic (atopy) and environmental (viral infections) factors on the origins of asthma and allergic disease in a birth cohort termed COAST (Childhood Origins of ASThma). He also serves as a Co-Investigator of two NIH-funded studies that are asthma prevention clinical trials in preschool children, as well as a Co-Investigator of an NIH-funded childhood birth cohort consortium termed CREW (Childhood Respiratory Research and Environment Workgroup) Finally, he a Co-Investigator on an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award that provides the funding for ICTR.

Dr. Lemanske has published his research in the Journal of Immunology, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Pediatric Research, Journal of Pediatrics, American Review of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, and Immunology. He was appointed to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s Advisory Council for decisions regarding extramural funding of basic and clinical research (2003-2007). He also has served on the expert panel for the development of guidelines for the treatment of childhood asthma in Canada and the United States (National Asthma Education and Prevention Program) (NAEPP) and is currently a member of the Scientific Committee of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program.

A Fellow of both the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Lemanske is also a member of the American Thoracic Society, the American Association of Immunologists, the Society for Pediatric Research, and the American Pediatric Society. Honors Dr. Lemanske has received include the NIAID Allergic Disease Academic Award, membership in the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society, the Bret Ratner Award for Pediatric Research from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the University of Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association Citation Award. Finally, he served as President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (2015-2016).

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