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There is an urgent need to better comprehend the pathobiology of COVID-19, its clinical implications and the threat of other novel viruses. This is the foundation of the American Lung Association’s inaugural COVID-19 and Respiratory Virus Research Award helping to advance research against emerging respiratory pathogens.

Announcing Our Awardees

The awardees for the COVID-19 and Respiratory Virus Research Award are funded at $100,000 a year for two years, these awards are exploring important avenues to reduce the burden experienced due to this virus:

  • Exploring bold new approaches to treatment, such as developing antibodies to attack the virus, and using nanoparticles to help deliver agents to kill the virus.
  • Understanding the complex immune response of the body to the virus; in the early stages of infection the virus seems capable of "hiding" from a proper therapeutic immune response; in the late stages the body's immune response can be excessive leading to massive and fatal lung inflammation.

These areas of focus—the immune system’s response, how the virus causes pathology and applying public health to help identify risk factors and how to reduce community spread—are important lynchpins in the ability to reduce the burden of COVID-19 in the U.S.


The Lung Association continues to fund innovative research through our annual awards and grants program which can include COVID-19 work (ALA, 2020).  

CWU PUBLIC AFFAIRS PRESS RELEASE

September 30, 2020

CWU Awarded $100,000 to Study Effects of COVID-19, Poor Air Quality 09.29.2020

The Central Washington University Department of Health Sciences has been awarded a $100,000 research grant by the American Lung Association (ALA) to study how COVID-19, poor air quality, and certain socioeconomic factors have affected underserved populations in the Yakima Valley during the pandemic.  

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ELLENSBURG DAILY RECORD

August 17, 2021  

CWU researchers conduct air quality study in Yakima


KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash.

Central Washington University public health professors and graduate students are studying the combined impacts of COVID-19 and poor air quality on the physical well-being of Yakima County residents.

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YAKTRINEWS.COM  by Emily Goodell
Posted: August 18, 2021 6:48 PM 

CWU researchers study COVID-19 spread during wildfire season in Yakima County

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash.

Central Washington University public health professors and students are moving into the second year of a research project looking at how poor air quality during wildfire season might affect the spread of COVID-19 in Yakima County. 

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