National Jewish Health Awarded $11.5 Million in Department of Defense Grants
Researchers at National Jewish Health will seek to understand why warfighters deployed to Southwest Asia suffer increased rates of respiratory disease and test potential treatments thanks to $11.5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Defense. The grants, awarded through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, take advantage of a unique cohort of 100 previously deployed veterans with lung disease and leverage the expertise at National Jewish Health in lung disease and repair.
Kenneth J. Vega, MD, Joins National Jewish Health as Gastroenterology Chief
Kenneth J. Vega, MD, has joined the nationally renowned National Jewish Health faculty as the Chief of Gastroenterology. Dr. Vega comes to National Jewish Health from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where he was Professor of Medicine and Director of Research for the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition.
Curcumin Enhances Defense Against Tuberculosis
Curcumin, which gives the spice turmeric its yellow-orange color, enhances cellular defense against tuberculosis, according to researchers at National Jewish Health. In cell culture studies, curcumin enhanced death of infected cells and destruction of the bacteria inside infected cells.
New Insights Inspire Treatment and Prevention Strategies for Eczema
Recent discoveries about the biological mechanisms of eczema are driving new approaches to treatment and prevention of the disease, according to National Jewish Health Professor of Pediatrics Donald Leung, MD, PhD. In a May 17 review in Current Opinion in Pediatrics, Dr. Leung, a widely recognized authority on research and treatment of eczema, explained how new strategies to maintain the integrity of the skin and to dampen the type 2 allergic response are providing benefits for eczema patients and for those at risk of developing the disease.
Event Honoring Roth and Hinton Raises Nearly $58,000 for National Jewish Health
More than 250 New Mexicans gathered to bestow the Spirit of Achievement Award to Paul B. Roth, MD, MS, of University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and James H. Hinton of Presbyterian Healthcare Services. The event honors citizens of New Mexico who have built a legacy of contributing their time, talents and resources to the community. Nearly $58,000 was raised at the dinner to benefit charity care and other programs at National Jewish Health.
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