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Biomedical research distinguishes an academic medical center from other hospitals, and the breadth and depth of research at Johns Hopkins distinguishes our division from many other divisions of Pulmonary and Critical Care. Our research projects vary from societal aspects of medicine such as health care disparities, down to the level of genetic and molecular mechanisms of disease. We benefit from the strong collaborations between our colleagues here at Johns Hopkins as well as around the country and around the world.

We have trained scientists from many fields beyond pulmonary disease and take pride in their contributions here and elsewhere. Our patients make this possible. They should expect to be offered the opportunity to participate in clinical research. Many derive satisfaction from knowing that they have contributed to advancing the state of medical knowledge and helping future patients.

The research budget of our division exceeds $20 million. The National Institutes of Health is the largest single source of our research funding, supplemented by grants from foundations, medical specialty societies, and generous individual donors. We currently hold four multidisciplinary programmatic grants, in acute lung injury, pulmonary hypertension, chronic obstructive lung disease, and pulmonary complications of AIDS. In addition, most of the faculty and many of our trainees have one or more individual grants to support their work. A partial listing of areas of current research includes:

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Acute Lung Injury
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Sepsis
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Immunology
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Lung and airway mechanics
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Sleep disordered breathing
  • Lung transplantation
  • Vascular biology
  • Adherence Research Center
  • Indoor air quality
  • HIV-related pulmonary disease