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Asthma: UW Research and You

UW Asthma, Allergy and Pulmonary Research

Respected Research You Can Trust

Find us on Facebook The University of Wisconsin Asthma, Allergy, and Pulmonary Research team is a nationally known research facility that has been studying asthma for over 30 years. Our center has conducted over 400 research studies with children and adults on topics such as:

  • the role of genetics in asthma,
  • treatment of asthma in children
  • how colds effect asthma.

Our research efforts, along with the thousands of people who have been in our studies, have helped to develop new asthma medications and guidelines for treating asthma.

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Children's Studies

Oral Bacterial Extract for the Prevention of Wheezing Lower Respiratory Tract Illness Study (ORBEX) - 5 to 16 months old

A research study in which infants (5 to 16 month olds) with a history of eczema or a parent with physician-diagnosed asthma are given a daily capsule of the investigational medication Broncho-Vaxom® (a mixture of bacteria products) to see if it helps prevent development of wheezing illness or asthma.

Current Studies:

Oral Bacterial Extract for the Prevention of Wheezing Lower Respiratory Tract Illness Study (ORBEX)

For more information, please contact us at pediatricasthma@medicine.wisc.edu, or call us at (608) 263-3360 or toll free (866) WIS-CARE.

Or contact us via our online webform

The RESPO Study for Children with Asthma

Is your child 5 to 17 years old? Have they had symptoms consistent with an asthma diagnosis for at least 6 months? Are they accustomed to using an inhaler? If you can answer yes to all the questions above, then you may be able to join a clinical research study testing the safety and effectiveness of an investigational medication for children with asthma.

Inner City Asthma consortium (ICAC)

In 2002, the National Institutes of Health-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) created the Inner City Asthma Consortium (ICAC) via the awarding of a nearly $62 million contract to UW-Madison faculty William Busse (Professor of Medicine), Christine Sorkness (Distinguished Professor CHS of Medicine and School of Pharmacology) and James Gern (Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine). In 2009, the UW Madison team successfully competed for the ICAC2 contract, receiving an additional $58.3 million and extending support through 2014. The ICAC3 grant received August 2014 extends support through 2021 with annual budgets totaling $10 million.

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For more information, please contact us at khernand@medicine.wisc.edu.

Adult Studies

Moderate to Severe Asthma Study (ANDHI Study)

Study Brochure

For more information, please contact us at asthmaresearch@medicine.wisc.edu, call us at (608) 263-6049 or contact us online.

Moderate to Severe Asthma Study (NAVIGATOR Study)

For more information, please contact us at asthmaresearch@medicine.wisc.edu, call us at (608) 263-6049 or contact us online.

Idiopathic Angioedema Study

For more information, please contact us at asthmaresearch@medicine.wisc.edu, call us at (608) 263-6049 or contact us online.

General Asthma Evaluation and Prescreening

This is a general evaluation of a participants asthma and/or allergy symptoms. Participants are eligible if they are at least 18 year old and have been diagnosed with asthma or allergies, or have allergy symptoms. Participants will learn more about other available studies during the visit. You may be eligible to receive compensation for your time and travel.

For more information, please contact us at asthmaresearch@medicine.wisc.edu, call us at (608) 263-6049 or contact us online.

Pulmonary and Asthma Research Pre-study Visit

You are invited to take part in a “Prestudy” visit. This single Prestudy visit will be used to gather information about you to find out if you can join a research study with the Allergy, Asthma and Pulmonary Clinical Research Unit. The procedures carried out at a Prestudy visit are common procedures done to assess for asthma and allergies. Your participation is voluntary.

For more information, please see the consent form.


Contact Us

If you are interested in this study, please contact us:

 pulm-research@medicine.wisc.edu

(608) 263-0524

Or fill out this questionnaire

Pulmonary and Asthma Research AsthMatic Inflammation and Neurocircuitry Activation (MINA)

AsthMatic Inflammation and Neurocircuitry Activation (MINA)

The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of how asthma influences brain function related to stress and emotion and vice versa.

Participation will include up to 12 outpatient visits to our research center located within the UW Hospital and Clinics building and to the Waisman Center, located across the street from the hospital. Study visits will occur over a 4 month period. Study visits include breathing tests, allergy skin testing, medical imaging and two bronchoscopies. Compensation up to $1,440 will be provided for your participation. Although this is not a treatment study, all study participants will be monitored closely during the study and will have access to asthma and allergy specialists if needed.

For more information, please see the consent form.


Contact Us

If you are interested in this study, please contact us:

 pulm-research@medicine.wisc.edu

(608) 263-0524

Or fill out this questionnaire

Pulmonary and Asthma Research PPG Blood Draw Study

Function of the Isolated Eosinophil in Asthma

The purpose of this study is to study how eosinophils contribute to airway irritation and changes in asthma.

For more information, please see the consent form.


Contact Us

If you are interested in this study, please contact us:

 pulm-research@medicine.wisc.edu

(608) 263-0524

Or fill out this questionnaire