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October 2022

The Center for Asthma Research

Asthma and allergic diseases are among the most common chronic diseases in both children and adults. The Center for Asthma Research, directed by Tina Hartert, MD, MPH, focuses on understanding the developmental origins of asthma, and how asthma and allergic diseases may be prevented and treated.
Who We Are and What We Do
The Center’s clinical-translational team is composed of over 50 investigators, post-doctoral fellows, nurses, research assistants, students, and has collaborations with over twenty academic institutions worldwide. We firmly believe that the long-term solution to the asthma epidemic is primary and secondary disease prevention. The Center for Asthma Research takes a bedside to bench translational approach that:


  • Focuses on causal risk factors for asthma and allergic disease development
  • Develops and tests primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies
  • Shares a common goal to improve the respiratory health of people worldwide
  • Trains the next generation of scientists
The Center’s current areas of focus include the role of respiratory tract infections, dietary factors, the microbiome, medication exposures and utilization, secondhand smoke, and e-cigarette use. In the last two years, the Center investigators have published more than 143 peer-reviewed publications, held more than 20 national and international presentations, and played a role in the COVID-19 response through the HEROS study.
Recently Funded New Projects

For information on how to contact us, job opportunties, and more, please check out our website

Accomplishments of CHSR Faculty
Josh Peterson, MD, MPH, and colleagues reported in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association that associations between genetic variations and medical conditions in the electronic health record can identify new “post-COVID” diagnoses. Pulling data from 186,105 adults tested for SARS-CoV-2 at VUMC, they found that COVID-19 survivors had an increased risk for more than 40 new diagnoses, which may have important long-term implications for public health. Read More
Wesley Self, MD, MPH, has been named co-principal investigator of Vanderbilt’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). He will also serve as the deputy director of VICTR and continue to lead the clinical research infrastructure at VUMC. Read More

Dr. Self co-authored a publication in Critical Care Explorations showing that black patients had an incidence of hypoxemia 3 times greater than white patients when oxygen saturation was between 92-96%. The findings highlight the need to redesign pulse oximeters to accurately measure arterial oxygen saturation (Sao2) for all patients. Read More
VUMC recently held a directorship celebration to honor 21 leaders in clinical care, research, education, and administration from across the institution. CHSR faculty honored with new endowed directorships include Pratik Pandharipande, MD, MSCI; Sarah Jaser, PhD; Jessica Ancker, PhD, MPH; Adam Wright, PhD, Paul Moore, MD; and Alexander Gelbard, MD. Read More
James Jackson, PsyD is co-PI of a new clinical trial to test whether one drug currently used for treatment of Alzheimer’s (memantine) can improve cognitive symptoms associated with systemic lupus erythematosus. The VUMC’s Drug Repurposing Program under VICTR will partner with Evergreen Therapeutics Inc. to conduct the 14-week, double-blind “ClearMEMory” trial in about 60 adult patients with lupus. Read More
Kerri Cavanaugh, MD, MHS, is a co-PI of a new NIH/NIA-funded study that will examine the impact of sharing audio recordings of their visits with older patients who have diabetes. The REPLAY trial will examine patient factors such as medication adherence, diabetes quality of life indicators, healthcare utilization, and clinician practice behavior. Read More
Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI and colleagues published in JAMA Neurology that Black, Hispanic, and Asian patients are more likely to present with dementia rather than with mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to more advanced neurological decline, and are less likely to have PET-detected amyloid in their brains. The findings highlight the need to understand the underlying causes of memory loss in racially and ethnically diverse communities, including social factors and disparities in care. Read More
Gilbert Gonzales, PhD, MHA, received the 2022 Friend of Nursing Award for significant contributions to the profession of nursing from an individual who is not a nurse or VUSN graduate. He has lectured and led student seminars for many years at the VUSN, and is an international expert on health policy reform, disparities, and LGBTQ health. Read More
CHSR Work in Progress 
CHSR Faculty please select a WIP session to attend and provide trainees with feedback on their research project. Click Here to sign up!
AMA Health Systems Science Summit
AMA Health Systems Science Summit
Dec. 5–6
Join the American Medical Association and nationally recognized experts in health systems science from across the country for the inaugural AMA Health Systems Science Summit. This national conference will offer opportunities tailored to medical schools and residency programs implementing health systems science for the first time, as well as opportunities for those that are further along and seeking to enhance their knowledge of best practices for health systems science integration across the medical education continuum. Through plenary presentations, peer-led breakout sessions and a poster session, attendees will hear from nationally known experts in health systems science from across the country and connect with leaders who have deep interests in and/or responsibilities for building health systems science into their curricula. (Please note: Plenary sessions and select content will also be available via live stream.)
Registration closes on Nov. 21. If you have any questions, please email
Translational Research Forum 2022
Congratulations to first year VA Quality Scholar fellow Dr. Megan Shroder!

Congratulations to Dr. David Penson on receiving the 2022 Excellence in Mentoring to Research Independence awardee in recognition of helping mentees take flight in their careers. 
Congratulations to Dr. Wes Ely on receiving the 2022 award for Excellence in Mentoring Translational Scientists for his dedication to the development of the next generation of investigators across the academic community.
Congratulations to CHSR Investigators on these New Awards!
CHSR new grant awards (August-September 2022)
  • William Obremskey, MD, MPH, MMHC: PO Versus IV Antibiotics for the Treatment of Infected Nonunion of Fractures After Fixation, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs
  • Paul Harris, PhD: ICERCH-Supporting the HEAL Pain ERN, U24/NIH/NCATS
  • Eric Grogan, MD, MPH: Clinical Utility of a Combined Biomarker Approach to Diagnose Lung Cancer, U01/NIH/NCI
  • Wesley Self, MD, MPH: Surveillance of Acutely Ill Adults with Respiratory Viruses, including SARS-CoV-2 (IVY 5), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Adam Wright, PhD: Machine Learning-Driven Interactive Value Set Enhancement System (MALDIVES), R01/NIH/NLM
  • Adriana Hung, MD, MPH: A Phase 2/3 Adaptive, Double-blind, Placebo-Controlled Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of VX-147 in Subjects Aged 12 Years and Older With APOL1-mediated Proteinuric Kidney Disease, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Job openings in the Institute for Medicine and Public Health and affiliated entities:



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Program Manager  Institute for Global Health 2205975 Apply
Associate Program Manager Center for Health Services Research   2211473 Apply
Staff Scientist Center for Health Services Research 2200564 Apply
Scientific Grant Writer Center for Health Services Research 2201921 Apply
Sr. Database Adminstrator Health Policy  2211559 Apply
Project Manager Health Policy 2212019 Apply

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