Providence Health Care investigator awarded $300,000 Johnson & Johnson grant for research into pediatric asthma



    VANCOUVER, Nov. 21 /CNW/ - Research into pediatric asthma received a
boost as Johnson & Johnson awarded Dr. Darryl Knight, a researcher with the
Providence Heart + Lung Institute at St. Paul's Hospital and the University of
British Columbia, with a $300,000 Focused Funding grant.
    This three-year grant from Johnson & Johnson's Corporate Office of
Science & Technology will support Dr. Knight's basic research into asthma.
According to the Asthma Society of Canada, more than 500,000 Canadian children
suffer from asthma.
    There is increasing evidence that the cells lining the airways of
asthmatic children are abnormal. These cells normally provide an effective
barrier against the exterior environment, but in asthma these cells are easily
damaged and have defective repair mechanisms. Dr. Knight's work focuses on why
these differences exist, which could lead to new therapeutic approaches.
    Since the inception of the Focused Funding Program at Johnson & Johnson
in 1980, more than $52 million has been awarded to academic investigators
doing basic research to advance science and technology in medical fields. This
is the first time that a Focused Funding grant has been awarded to a
UBC-affiliated researcher.
    This competitive program opens doors to new scientific developments, as
well as promotes mutually beneficial relationships between scientists working
for Johnson & Johnson companies and those who carry out their work at
universities or research centres.
    "This generous funding of Dr. Knight's research by Johnson and Johnson is
an excellent example of the type of high-level support that is being attracted
by stellar investigators and their teams focused on cardiac and pulmonary
diseases and conducted at the Providence Heart + Lung Institute at St. Paul's
Hospital," said Bruce McManus, who was recently named the inaugural Director
of the Institute.
    Research at Providence Health Care is conducted under the auspices of the
Providence Health Care Research Institute. The PHCRI's vision is to
dramatically improve the treatment and overall health of patients and
residents at Providence Health Care and beyond through relevant, ethical and
inspired health research. Research expertise at the PHCRI includes laboratory,
clinical, health services and epidemiological research in the fields of
HIV/AIDS, heart disease, renal disease, addiction, geriatrics and more.





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