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Research Management Webinar - Research Across the Spectrum of Asthma

  • Fri, September 10, 2021
  • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Webinar

 Thank you for joining our expert panel as they discussed emerging research on asthma to improve diagnoses, management, and prevention.


Dr. Rajesh Kumar, MD
Professor of Pediatrics (Allergy and Immunology)
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Kumar has worked as an academic allergist at Lurie Children's for over 18 years. He has a number of research interests. Most prominently he is interested in the prenatal and early life exposures, which in combination with genetic factors are associated with the development of early childhood wheezing, atopic disease and asthma. Dr. Kumar also has interests in a number of other areas including: the determinants of lung function from childhood into later adult life (CARDIA study), development of food allergy in early infancy, and validation of PROMIS instruments in asthma (AAD-PEPR study). Additionally, he serves as the site-PI for a consortium which evaluates personalized medicine approaches for severe asthma.

Presentation will be on: soy isoflavones and a precision medicine approach to asthma prevention.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how viral infections are a key promoter of asthma development
  • Understand the interaction of viruses and PAI-1 in the airway
  • Discuss how the use of soy isoflavones in a genotype stratified manner may influence the likelihood of developing asthma in infants

Dr. Sharmilee Nyenhuis, MD, FAAAAI
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy
University of Illinois, Chicago

Dr. Nyenhuis is committed to address disparities in unique and minority population with asthma. Her research portfolio has included working to understand reasons for increased asthma severity in older adults, to working with urban populations with recurrent emergency room visits for asthma to her current work in identifying barriers to physical activity among African American women with asthma. Her overall goal is to expand our knowledge of lifestyle behavior change in asthma to improve to lives of minority asthma populations. Her work is funded by National Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood and National Institute on Environmental Health Sciences and is a co-investigator for the PrecIse, Precision Interventions for Severe and/or Exacerbation-Prone Asthma Network.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the impact of severe asthma in adults
  • Understand best approach to severe asthma in adults
  • Discuss new initiatives to determine best treatment options for adolescents and adults with severe asthma

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