Dr. DiMango serves as the Principal Investigator for the New York Consortium of the American Lung Association Asthma Research Center and the Columbia site of the NIH-sponsored Asthmanet and PRECISE networks. She has studied the effect of household allergens on the need for pharmacologic therapy in asthma and has published numerous articles in the field of asthma.
Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc
Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc
Director, Asthma Program
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Department of Medicine
National Jewish Health
Dr. Wechsler is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Asthma Program in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at National Jewish Health in Denver. He is board certified in both Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Wechsler's research focuses on clinical and translational asthma with emphasis on clinical trials in asthma, novel asthma therapies, bronchial thermoplasty, asthma pharmacogenomics, and management of eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Churg-Strauss Syndrome, CSS). He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts relating to asthma, CSS and eosinophilic lung diseases.
Dr. Wechsler is a member of the Steering Committee and site Principal Investigator of the NIH-sponsored Asthma Clinical Research Network (ACRN, now called AsthmaNet), a multicenter asthma clinical trials consortium. He has served as Principal Investigator of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)-sponsored ACRN LARGE trial, Partners Genetics Enters Medicine Initiative-funded GABLE trial and the AHRQ funded Blacks and Exacerbations on LABA or Tiotropium (BELT) trial. He is currently serving as Principal Investigator of an NHLBI sponsored study of asthma therapies in African Americans that examines race-specific differences in response to asthma therapy. He is also leading an NIAID sponsored study exploring anti IL5 in CSS.
A member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, Dr. Wechsler has participated in many different task forces related to the study of eosinophilic lung diseases that were sponsored by the NIH, the FDA, the European Respiratory Society and the International Eosinophil Society. Professor Wechsler also serves as Associate Editor of the Journal Allergy and is on the editorial Board of the European Journal of Clinical Investigation. Dr. Wechsler received AB and MMSc degrees from Harvard University in Boston and an MD degree from McGill University in Montreal.
Monica Kraft, MD
Monica Kraft, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine
The Robert and Irene Flinn Endowed Chair of Medicine
University of Arizona
Prior to joining the University of Arizona in 2014, Dr. Monica Kraft, MD, was at Duke University, where she served as chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, as the Charles C. Johnson, MD, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, and as director of the Duke Asthma, Allergy and Airway Center. As vice chair for research in the Duke University Department of Medicine from 2009-2013, Dr. Kraft implemented several important initiatives to support the department's research endeavors and was instrumental in the re-submission and renewal of Duke's National Institutes of Health-funded Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA). Prior to joining Duke in 2004, Dr. Kraft served as director of the Carl and Hazel Felt Laboratory in Adult Asthma Research and as medical director of the pulmonology physiology unit at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, CO.
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DISCLOSURES Dr. Kraft discloses the following: Grants/Research Support: Chiesi USA, Sanofi Consultant: AstraZeneca, Regeneron, Sanofi, Teva
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