Severe Asthma Research Program    (SARP)
A National Institutes of Health/ National Heart, Lung & Blood Institutes
sponsored network

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Case Western Reserve University / Cleveland Clinic / University of Virginia Partnership -      Information for Asthmatics and caregivers
PARTICIPATE IN SARP:

Why does asthma become more common in women with age? Why do boys tend to "outgrow" their asthma, but not girls?  We think that the answers to these questions are important for asthma management.  We have new clues to the answers, and aim to solve these mysteries.  Men and women are examples of distinct asthma "subpopulations" that can have distinct mechanisms underlying their asthma symptoms.  We believe we have identified a number of asthma subpopulations with specific, causative chemical or hormonal inbalances that may contribute to asthma symptoms.  The goal of our project is to be sure we can correctly diagnose these underlying issues in specific subpopulations.   P roper diagnosis will enable the development of effective management strategies to target the right medicines, nutrition and lifestyle changes to the right patients.

Site Investigator and Locations:


Benjamin Gaston, MD; Principal Investigator
Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, Ohio 44106



James Chmiel, MD; Co-Investigator
Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio 44106


W. Gerald Teague, MD; Co-Principal investigator
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia 22908-0386


Anne-Marie Irani, MD; Co-Investigator
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia 23284



Serpil Erzurum, MD; Co-Principal investigator
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio 44195

Sumita Khatri, MD; Co-investigator
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio 44195

Suzy A.A. Comhair, PhD; Co-investigator
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio 44195

Raed Dweik, MD; Co-invetigator
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio 44195



Kristie Ross, MD; Co-investigator
Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio 44106



Ross Myers, MD; Co-investigator
Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio 44106


Site Coordinator Contacts:

University of Virginia


Kristin Wavell
Phone: (434)924-6874
Email:
Kww7d@virginia.edu



Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

Tamika Walthour
Phone 804-828-0228 (O)  804-322-9596 (M)  804-827-0074 (Fax)
Email:
 trwalthour@vcu.edu



Cleveland Clinic

Emmea Mattox
Phone: 216-636-5149
Email: cleggee@ccf.org



Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital:

Laurie Logan, RN
Phone: 216-844-7927
Email: Laurie.Logan@UHhospitals.org

Laura Veri
Phone: 216-844-2043
Email:
Laura.veri@UHospitals.org

Interested in Participating in SARP?

You will likely qualify for participation in SARP as a severe asthmatic if you:
1.    Have been diagnosed with asthma by a physician
2.    Require high  or continuous doses of asthma medications, such as Advair, Symbicort, prednisone or medrol
3.    Still have asthma symptoms on a regular basis
4.    Have had frequent or severe exacerbations of asthma (requiring prednisone,  ER visits, hospitalizations)
5.    Are not currently smoking and have smoked less than 5-10 years total
6.    Are between the ages of 6 yrs and 75 yrs of age

You may also qualify for participation in SARP as a “comparative” patient with mild asthma.     Similarly, you must be diagnosed with asthma, be between 6 and 75 yrs of age and not be currently smoking or have smoked for more than 5-10 yrs


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