Effects of Exercise on Asthmatic Responses in Obese Pediatric Asthmatics

(PI: Teri Magruder). 08/1/11—07/31/12. University of Alabama at Birmingham, Minority Health Disparities Center. Total Costs = $30,000. Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. This pilot study is examining the effect of aerobic exercise on asthmatic responses in obese African American children. Emerging evidence of a parallel rise in the rates of pediatric obesity and chronic diseases, including asthma, within this cohort suggest that a relationship between these pathologies exists. Despite this evidence, understanding the mechanisms that drive this relationship is at an early stage.

Effect of a school based hand sanitizer program on asthma

07/01/08 – 6/30/12. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. R01HL86972 Year 01 = $724,954/Total Costs = $2,100,694. This study will examine the effectiveness of a school based hand sanitizer program on asthma exacerbations in elementary school children.

Research directed by: Lynn B. Gerald, PhD, MSPH

Dr. Gerald is the Associate Dean for Research at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona. She is also the Canyon Ranch Endowed Chair and Professor in the Department of Health Promotion Sciences and a member of the Arizona Respiratory Center. Dr. Gerald is a nationally known expert in the area asthma. Her research includes interventions in schools and the local community as well as clinical trials examining new treatments for asthma. She also has an interest in physical activity and nutrition and their role in asthma management.

In addition to her research activities, Dr. Gerald is actively involved in professional and community education related to asthma. These activities include providing education to school nurses, faculty, and staff; providing supplies such as inhalers and nebulizers to schools; and providing education to families and clinicians.