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Asthma and Allergy Foundation is the Only Patient Organization in the U.S. that Funds Research for Both Asthma and Allergies

10/11/2013 9:36:22 AM

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(Washington, DC – October 10, 2013) The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is dedicated to finding causes, treatments and cures for asthma and allergic diseases, and has just announced two new research grant awardees for 2013.

AAFA selected Cherie Singer, PhD, as the recipient of the Sheldon C. Siegel Investigator Grant Award. Dr. Singer, an Associate Professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine Department of Pharmacology, was selected for her proposal on “Integrin-Based Therapies for the Treatment of Asthma,” which was judged to be of exceptional merit to the mission of AAFA. Singer’s study aims to find new therapies for the treatment of asthma.

Additionally, AAFA has selected Caroline Sokol, MD, PhD, as the recipient of the AAFA Fellowship/New Faculty Award. Dr. Sokol, an Allergy and Immunology Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Clinical Immunology and Allergy Unit, will use this award to fund her two-year project “Allergen Recognition and Th2-type Immune Activation.” As part of this project, she will investigate the link between allergens and the immune system. Sokol’s study aims to identify early interventions in the development of allergic disease.

About AAFA’s Research Program

AAFA’s research program has made great strides over the years and is the only patient organization that funds both asthma and allergy research. The Foundation’s research program is committed to helping every asthma and allergy patient have a “life without limits.” For more information about AAFA’s Research Programs, visit

About AAFA

Celebrating 60 years of service in 2013, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1953, is the leading patient organization for people with asthma, allergies and related conditions. AAFA is dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients through education, advocacy and research. In addition, AAFA provides practical information, community based services and support through a network of regional chapters, support groups and other local partners around the United States. For more information, visit

Contact for Media Only:

Talisa White, External Affairs, or 1-202-466-7643, x237

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