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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). ICAC is a multi-study, multi-center initiative to study the causes of the urban asthma epidemic that afflicts millions of children and to develop treatments to improve control of asthma in this population and for children in general. UW-Madison currently provides scientific direction and overall ICAC management services. UW-Madison staff in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics deliver technical support involving pulmonary function testing, laboratory sample processing, contracting, procurement and budgetary matters. ICAC is composed of the UW-Madison based Administrative Center, eleven clinical sites located in major U.S. cities, four basic science laboratories, including one at the UW-Madison, and a Statistical and Clinical Coordinating Center.

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

PrecISE: Precision Interventions for Severe and/or Exacerbation-Prone Asthma

The purpose of this study is to investigate new treatments for severe asthma that are thought to work better in some patients than in others. The data from this research study will be used to determine which treatments work and what kind of patients benefits the most from that treatment.

If you choose to take part in the study, you can receive several different treatments depending on when you begin the study. You will take each treatment for about 4 months, and then take a break for 2 to 4 months, before starting another treatment. The study will run for about 3 ½ years, and most of the people participating in the study will go through 2-3 different treatments before finishing the study.

For more information please see the consent form.

If you are interested in this study please contact us:

 pulm-research@medicine.wisc.edu

(608) 263-0524

You may also fill out this questionnaire, or visit the study website

Adult Studies

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

PrecISE: Precision Interventions for Severe and/or Exacerbation-Prone Asthma

The purpose of this study is to investigate new treatments for severe asthma that are thought to work better in some patients than in others. The data from this research study will be used to determine which treatments work and what kind of patients benefits the most from that treatment.

If you choose to take part in the study, you can receive several different treatments depending on when you begin the study. You will take each treatment for about 4 months, and then take a break for 2 to 4 months, before starting another treatment. The study will run for about 3 ½ years, and most of the people participating in the study will go through 2-3 different treatments before finishing the study.

For more information please see the consent form.

If you are interested in this study please contact us:

 pulm-research@medicine.wisc.edu

(608) 263-0524

You may also fill out this questionnaire, or visit the study website