About Us

The Asthma Research Center at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in conjunction with Harvard Medical School and the Partners Asthma Center is dedicated to conducting research that advances the treatment and understanding of asthma.

Our research investigations in asthma are varied. Our goals at the Asthma Research Center include determining how to best use currently available drugs, examining the potential effectiveness of new drugs and therapies, and trying to increase the understanding of the mechanisms of asthma in the hope of developing new therapies.

The Asthma Research Center is also a participant in AsthmaNet , previously known as the Asthma Clinical Research Network (ACRN), which is a nationwide network sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The purpose of AsthmaNet is to develop and conduct multiple clinical trials that explore new approaches in treating asthma from childhood through adulthood.  The Asthma Research Center runs many studies. These research studies vary in duration and compensation for your time and effort.

Call us at 617-732-8201 or 1-888-99 ASTHMA for more information or to see if you qualify, or fill out this short pre-qualification survey.

Our Doctors

Elliot Israel, MD., Director

Dr. Elliot Israel is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also Director of Clinical Research in the Pulmonary Division and Director of the Respiratory Therapy Department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Honored with the Daniel D. Federman Outstanding Clinical Educator Award by Harvard Medical School in 2002, Dr. Israel’s major research interests include mediators of airway reactivity, the role of arachidonic acid metabolites in airway narrowing, and therapeutic interventions to alter asthmatic airway hyperactivity. He has several grants from the National Institutes of Health to study asthma and leads one of 8 sites throughout the country supported by the NIH to conduct research into better asthma treatments. He was named one of Boston’s best in Pulmonary Medicine by Boston Magazine. He has authored or coauthored more than 125 articles, reviews, and abstracts in such journals as the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and The Lancet. Dr. Israel received his medical degree and completed his internship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. After completing his residency at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical College in New York City, he obtained clinical and research fellowships from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Click Here to See Elliot’s Recent Publications

 

Our Staff

Angeles C.  – Lab Manager

Victoria F. MA, MMS, PA-C Sub-Investigator

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Victoria has lived in Boston for over five years and joined the ARC after working in the MGH Emergency Department. She has graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and Wake Forest University and has over 12 years of research experience with numerous presentations and publications. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her two small children and husband.

Casey C. MPH- Project Manager

A Boston native, Casey graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a major/minor in Psychology and Sociology. She attended graduate school at the Boston University School of Public Health and obtained a MPH. She has over 5 years of clinical research experience working in various departments at Massachusetts General Hospital prior to working at the Brigham. In her free time, she enjoys dog walking + pet sitting with Rover, barre class, and playing violin in the Longwood Symphony Orchestra.

Abigail T. – Research Coordinator

Abigail joined the Asthma Research Center in June 2018 after graduating from Hamilton College with a Biology major and a Chemistry minor. During her undergraduate years, Abigail worked as an EMT and a teaching assistant. Abigail is an aspiring physician with an interest in research. Originally from Connecticut, Abigail enjoys exploring Boston, traveling, hiking, volunteering, and baking.

Allison O. Research Coordinator

Allison grew up in the suburbs of Boston and attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute where she earned her undergraduate degree in Biology and Biotechnology. During her time at WPI, Allison was the president and captain of her club women’s rugby team and worked as an EMT at a local fire department. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, working out at a local CrossFit gym, and spoiling her cats and dogs.

Eva F. Research Coordinator

Eva graduated from Boston University in 2019 with her Bachelors in Neuroscience. During her undergraduate years, she worked in the Traniello lab completing a thesis exploring complex societies and social brain evolution in ants. She also worked as a Program Assistant at BU, mentoring high schoolers interested in pursuing careers in healthcare and research. Originally from New Hampshire, Eva enjoys running, skiing, and spending time outside with her family and dog.

Katarina G. – Research Coordinator

Katarina graduated from UMass Amherst in 2019 with her Bachelors degree in Kinesiology. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a research assistant in the Physical Activity and Health Lab at UMass studying pediatric obesity and physical activity interventions in elementary schools. She also worked as a TA and played on the Rugby team for a few semesters. In Kat’s free time, she loves to ski, hike, play soccer, and be outside as much as the weather will permit. 

Meghan L. – Research Coordinator

Meghan was born and raised in the South End of Boston. She graduated in 2016 with her Masters in Biology. During her undergraduate years, she studied biotechnology, researched Alzheimer’s and related diseases, and published in the American Journal of Neurodegenerative Disease. Currently, Meghan is working on applying to medical school. In her free time, Meghan enjoys yoga, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.


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