2019 Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year - Dr.Monica Kraft


Published: 2019-10-14 03:15:37


More than 25 million Americans have asthma. This includes 7.7 percent of adults and 8.4 percent of children according to 2018 data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Kraft is an internationally renowned physician-scientist who specializes in translational asthma research. She focuses her work on precision medicine therapies to treat severe asthma. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Lung Association for nearly 25 years. As a principal investigator, she currently is in the third year of a 5-year, $7.02 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, an NIH unit, to study “Dysfunction of Innate Immunity in Asthma,” and in the first year of a 6-year, $2.42 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, another NIH unit, for participation in the PrecISE Network, a national research network that evaluates precision medicine approaches for the treatment of severe asthma. She also is principal investigator on an Arizona Biomedical Research Commission grant and co-principal investigator with Lynn Gerald, PhD, MSPH, as the UA is a site for the American Lung Association Clinical Research Centers to evaluate new treatments for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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