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., P.A. – Sub Investigator

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 MGH. In her free time, she enjoys taking barre classes, hip hop dance, and playing violin.

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.

Rachel A. – Research Coordinator

A Boston transplant from San Francisco, Rachel joined the Asthma Research Center in January 2018 after graduating from nearby Northeastern University. As an aspiring physician, Rachel has long had an interest in public health and infectious diseases. In her free time, Rachel enjoys singing, biking, traveling, and doing any outdoor activities.

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.

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