Dr.Nabeel Hamzeh Awarded $80,000 for Sarcoidosis Research

Nabeel Hamzeh, MD,assistant professor of medicine at National Jewish Health, has received anAmerican Thoracic Society/Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research grant, which willwill support Dr. Hamzeh’s research into the role of antioxidant therapy forthis devastating lung disease. The grant provides $40,000 in funding per yearfor two years.

Sarcoidosis is a potentially fatal disease that targets multiple organs. The lungs areaffected in 90% of patients, but the illness can also afflict the heart, eyes,central nervous system, liver and kidneys. Very small clusters of inflammationor white cells, called granulomas, are seen in the organs affected withsarcoidosis. These granulomas may clear up on their own, or cause permanentscarring. It is not known how patients become ill with sarcoidosis, and there currently is no cure. Dr. Hamzeh’s research will investigate the role ofoxidative stress in sarcoidosis and whether administering an oral nontoxictherapy (Na-cetyl-cysteine) will improve outcomes in patients.

National Jewish Health is one of the nation’s leadingresearch and treatment centers for sarcoidosis.

The Foundation for Saroidosis Research (FSR) is the nation’sleading non-profit organization dedicated to improving care for sarcoidosispatients and to finding a cure for this disease. Over the last seven years, FSRhas awarded nearly $1 million to support innovative research projects leadingto an additional $1.2 million in subsequent funding to investigators. 

Since 2004, the Foundation of the ATS has awarded nearly $10million in grants to 105 junior researchers investigating a wide spectrum oflung diseases, ranging from asthma and COPD to pulmonary fibrosis and alpha-1antitrypsin. The program has also funded the career development of 24 pulmonaryand critical care fellows. Grants range from $80,000 to $100,000 over atwo-year period.

The ATS Foundation is the philanthropic arm ofthe American Thoracic Society, whose mission is to improve health worldwide byadvancing research, clinical care and public health in respiratory disease, criticalillness and sleep disorders.



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