UAB gets $9.7 million to find treatments for deadly lung disease pulmonary fibrosis by Bob Shepard
Grant will allow UAB researchers to study novel therapies for pulmonary fibrosis, a deadly lung disease with no approved treatments.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine has received a $9.7 million grant over five years from the National Institutes of Health to identify and test potential therapies for pulmonary fibrosis, a devastating disease with no approved treatments.
“Fibrosis means scarring, and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a disease of unknown origin that results in scar tissue building up in the lungs,” said Victor Thannickal, M.D., director of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine and the principal investigator for the grant. “IPF affects more than 100,000 people in the United States and five million worldwide. This disease is relentless. The median survival rate is less than three years, and only 20 percent of patients survive five years beyond diagnosis.”
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