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


The Wake/Emory site includes a site for adult participants at Wake Forest University Health Sciences in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and a site for pediatric participants at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.


Variation in an individual’s genes and interaction with their environment contributes to asthma susceptibility, but the clinical and genetic characteristics determining the development of severe asthma are not well understood. Nor is much known about whether changes such as increased cells causing inflammation in the lungs, repeated asthma attacks (exacerbations), persistent symptoms or other clinical characteristics are important in this process over time. Genetic and clinical information obtained from SARP participants will be analyzed to identify those initial characteristics which best predict the development of severe asthma. The stability of asthma severity over time and which genetic or clinical characteristics are most important in determining asthma severity will be investigated at our site.



Site Investigators:


Wendy Moore, MD; Principal Investigator 
Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157 

Deborah Meyers, PhD; Remote Investigator
The University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85724 

Eugene Bleecker, MD; Remote Investigator
The University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85724 

Stephen Peters, MD; Co-Investigator
Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157 

Annette Hastie, PhD; Co-Investigator
Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157 

Victor Ortega; Co-Investigator
Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157 

Greg Hawkins, PhD; Co-Investigator
Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157 

Xingnan Li, MD; Remote Investigator
The University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85724

 

Wake/ Emory

Anne Fitzpatrick, PhD; Co-Investigator
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia 30322 

Site Coordinators: 

Wake Forest University


Regina Smith
Phone: (336)713-8551
Email: rvsmith@wakehealth.edu 

Jeff Krings, RN
Phone: (336)713-9188
Email: jkrings@wakehealth.edu 

Blair Gordy
Phone: (336)713-9178
Email: bgordy@wakehealth.edu 

Elizabeth Ampleford
Phone: (336)713-7139
Email: eamplefo@wakehealth.edu 

Emory University


​Alice Bruce
Phone: (404)712-1773
Email: alice.bruce@emory.edu

Shannon Kilman
Phone: (404)727-7687
Email: Shannon.kilman@emory.edu