Development of Asthma Study

What we are studying

The purpose of this research project is to study how genes, substances and cells in respiratory secretions (lung fluids) are important in the development of severe asthma and obstructive lung disease. Genes [or DNA] are the genetic material contained in all the cells of your body, including blood cells. This genetic material affects such things as your physical features, hair, and eye color.) These studies will use different types of tests to learn more about asthma. These tests will be examined to improve our understanding of why severe asthma develops in some people.

Who we are studying

  • Men and Women
  • Races:
    • White
    • African American
    • Asian
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • Other
  • All Ethnicities
  • All Ages

Eligibility Criteria

  • Patients with mild asthma
  • Patients with obstructive lung disease associated with smoking (COPD or emphysema)

What is involved

  • Questionnaires to record if asthma affects your life
  • Tests to see if you have allergies
  • Tests to measure breathing
  • Tests that collect samples of fluids or cells from the lungs to check for inflammation in the lungs
  • Tests to measure the effect of genes on asthma


Participants will be paid for each study component they complete.

Contact Information

Study Coordinator
Cheryl Wilmoth

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.