About Us

The Asthma Research Center at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in conjunction with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Lung Center for Research 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 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

Kathleen J. Haley, MD

Kathleen J. Haley, MD is a physician in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and then completed an Internal Medicine Residency at the New England Deaconess Hospital followed by fellowships in Pulmonary Medicine at the New England Deaconess Hospital and Critical Care Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Dr. Haley is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she attends in the Medical and Thoracic Intensive Care Units.  Additionally, she serves as the Medical Director for the BWH Ventilator Service at Spaulding Hospital Cambridge.  She has a long-standing interest in asthma, and her work has included both basic science and clinical research into this disease.

Our Research Staff

Angeles C. Lab Manager

Originally from Argentina, Angeles graduated from Dartmouth College with an A.B. in Pre-Medical Studies, Spanish, and Government.  She was also involved in the Women in Sciences Program while at Dartmouth. Angeles has worked at the Brigham for 11 years, 9 of which were spent working as a Senior Coordinator in the Renal Department. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with her husband on their boat.

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

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.

Meghan L. MS Senior 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.

Isabelle B. Research Coordinator

Isabelle joined the Asthma Research Center in 2020 after graduating from Dartmouth College, where she double-majored in Biology and Music. During undergrad, Isabelle was a part of numerous musical groups, was a research assistant at Geisel Medical School, and volunteered at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Originally from Upstate New York, Isabelle enjoys cooking, reading spy novels, and seeing live music.

Jean K. Project Manager

Jean has worked for Brigham for 5 years in the Asthma Research Center on the PREPARE study, a multiyear pragmatic clinical trial focused on improving health outcomes for African Americans/Blacks and Hispanic/Latinos with asthma. Originally from NY, she has made Massachusetts her home since graduating from Stonehill College.  She loves spending time with her family, time outdoors and cheering on the Boston teams.

Jonathan B. Research Coordinator

Jonathan graduated from Boston College in 2020 with a BS in Biochemistry. While in undergrad, he was a Research Intern at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and was part of the 4Boston Volunteers program, volunteering at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Brighton. Originally from New Jersey, Jonathan returned to Boston in 2021 to join the Asthma Research Center. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys spending time with friends and family, running, and watching sports, especially NY Yankees baseball.

Olivia H. Research Coordinator

Olivia graduated from Northeastern University in 2021 with her BS in Biochemistry. During this time, she worked at the Institute of Health Equity and Social Justice studying comorbidities in the HIV/AIDS population, wrote grants for the Engineers Without Borders Panama Program, and was the captain of her frisbee team. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, baking, and playing frisbee.