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

Juan Carlos Cardet, MD., Assistant Director

Dr. Cardet is an instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He graduated from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Allergy and Immunology fellowship program in 2014 where he joined the faculty as an Instructor in Medicine.

Our Staff

Kristen McIntire – Lab Technician

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Kristen grew up in Avon, Connecticut and began her studies at Sacred Heart University in 2005.  Though actively involved as a biology major, music minor, and scholarship field hockey athlete, she decided to transfer to Northeastern University and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology.  She was also a member of the varsity rowing team.  Through NU she completed a co-op at Imugen, Inc., a laboratory specializing in tick-borne disease testing, and remained there for three years working as a diagnostic lab technician.  She then went on to work for BWH Cytogenetics as a FISH technician, and finally landed at the Asthma Research Center in June 2014.  Kristen enjoys working out with the November Project, playing pickup field hockey, singing, and cooking in her spare time.

Nico Fandino – Research Assistant

Nico, born and raised in Colombia, joined the Asthma Research Center in June 2015 upon completing his undergraduate career at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Majoring in biochemistry, Nico’s undergraduate interests and research focused on protein folding diseases and cellular strategies for protein quality control. Nico is currently working on applying to medical school, and, while he is not busy studying, spends his time with friends and family, watching sporting events, and playing soccer.

Brittney Dioneda – Research Assistant


Brittney is from St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from Skidmore College in 2015 with a major in Exercise Science and a minor in Chemistry. While at Skidmore, Brittney researched the effects of food processing on metabolism. Prior to working at the Asthma Research Center, Brittney conducted research at St. Louis Children’s Hospital with Dr. Phil Levy in the cardiology department. When Brittney isn’t busy studying for the MCAT, she enjoys cooking, running, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

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