Emory University researcher awarded grant to study lung health

ATLANTA — A researcher from Emory University is getting a grant to study lung health.

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The American Lung Association in Georgia announced that assistant professor Kristin Nelson from Emory University will receive the Catalyst Award.

Nelson’s project aims to estimate the potential public health impact of introducing new vaccines against tuberculosis.

“No infectious disease has ever been eliminated or eradicated without an effective vaccine,” Nelson said. “These studies will allow us to better plan for the introduction of these game-changing tools in the global fight against TB and for better lung health for all.”


Nelson believes the studies will allow her to better plan for game-changing tools in the global fight against TB and overall improvement in lung health for everyone.

During the 2022-2023 grants cycle, the American Lung Association funded $13.2 million for over 130 lung health research grants.

“Here in Georgia, we face lung health challenges every day like higher smoking/vaping rates, high lung cancer/COPD rates, natural disasters, etc. In addition, more than 1.3 million people in our state are living with chronic lung disease,” said Michele Howell, executive director at the American Lung Association in Georgia.

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