Specialty: Allergy & Immunology
Board Certification(s): Allergy & Immunology, Pediatrics
Medical interests: Asthma and exercise, asthma in infants and children, origins and treatment of childhood asthma, virus and allergen-induced airway diseases in children
Medical School: University of Wisconsin
Internship: UW Hospital and Clinics
Residency: UW Hospital and Clinics
Fellowship: UW Hospital and Clinics, National Institutes of Health
Primary Affiliation(s): University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Clinical and Research Interests
Robert F. Lemanske, Jr., M.D., is Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, where he is Head of the Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology. He is currently the chair of the Allergy and Immunology Conjoint Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Director of the Morris Institute of Respiratory Research.
Dr. Lemanske has published over 200 articles pertaining to his basic, clinical, and translational research in the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Review of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Research, Journal of Pediatrics, and Immunology. In addition, he has co-edited two text books and contributed over 50 chapters to various textbooks. Dr. Lemanske has been a national and international speaker on numerous occasions and has received honorary lectureships including the John M. Sheldon, M.D. (AAAAI) and Richard Talamo, M.D. (Johns Hopkins University) memorial lectureships, and the Sheldon Siegel, M.D. lectureship (AAAAI) twice (1992, 2003). He has served on the editorial Boards of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, and was a director (1994-2000) and Chair (2000) of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He is a past Chair of the Dermatology Interest Section of the AAAAI, and elected and served on the Board of Directors of the AAAAI from 2001-2004. He was a director for the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and served as its chair in 2000, and was appointed to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute's Advisory Council for decisions regarding extramural funding of basic and clinical research (2003-2007). He also has served on the expert panel for the development of guidelines for the treatment of childhood asthma in Canada and the United States (National Asthma Education and Prevention Program) (NAEPP) and is currently a member of the Scientific Committee of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program.
A Fellow of both the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Lemanske is also a member of the American Thoracic Society, the American Association of Immunologists, the Society for Pediatric Research, and the American Pediatric Society. Honors Dr. Lemanske has received include the NIAID Allergic Disease Academic Award, membership in the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society, one of nine current principal investigators of the Asthma Clinical Research Network (ACRN) [sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)], one of six current principal investigators of the Childhood Asthma Research and Education (CARE) Network (also sponsored by the NHLBI), and a Co-principal investigator at the Madison clinical site for AsthmaNet (also sponsored by the NHLBI). His research interests have focused primarily on the pathophysiology and treatment of asthma including mechanisms underlying pulmonary late phase reactions, virus-induced airway dysfunction, and asthma inception in infants and young children. In addition to being the principal investigator of the asthma networks noted previously, he is currently the principal investigator of a Program Project Grant from the NHLBI that is studying the contributions of both genetic (atopy) and environmental (viral infections) factors on the origins of asthma and allergic disease in a birth cohort termed COAST (Childhood Origins of ASThma).
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