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The Center for Asthma and Sinus Disease at the University of California San Diego (San Diego, CA, United States)

Our mission is to provide comprehensive patient-centered care in asthma and sinus disease, provide mentorship for future leaders in airway disease, and to perform world-class research that advances knowledge with the ultimate goal of helping patients.

The Center for Asthma and Sinus Disease at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) embodies the evolution of a long history of excellence in clinical care and investigative inquiries spanning the spectrum from basic mechanisms to clinical trials. The Center was formed in 2018 to provide an overarching superstructure to integrate clinical and research efforts in asthma and upper airway disease. The Center builds upon the progress achieved through multiple pre-existing collaborations that have formed a successful network bridging expertise in medical, surgical and research disciplines. The Center represents a partnership between:

The Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology (Department of Medicine)

The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine (Department of Medicine)

The Department of Otolaryngology

The La Jolla Institute for Immunology

UC San Diego Health is a large, quaternary academic medical center serving the city of San

Diego and the surrounding region. The Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology and

the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine in the Department of Medicine are

internationally recognized divisions with wide-ranging expertise in asthma, allergic, and nonallergic

inflammatory disorders of the upper and lower airway. The Allergy and Pulmonary

ambulatory practices receive referrals from throughout the region and beyond. The Allergy, Rhinology and Pulmonary teams collaborate closely in providing multidisciplinary care in asthma and sinus disease and meet on a regular basis. Particular additional areas of internationally recognized clinical expertise by members of the Center include eosinophilic diseases, aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD), and hereditary angioedema. Multiple other services support patient care in asthma and sinus disease, including the Cough Center, Interventional Pulmonology, and the Sleep Center. Members of the Center also interact closely with the Severe Asthma Clinic at Rady Children’s Hospital, providing further opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaboration. Other active partners with the UCSD Center for Asthma and Sinus Disease include VA San Diego Healthcare System, Scripps Health Allergy, and Kaiser Permanente San Diego.

The research environment at UCSD and its neighboring institutes on the La Jolla mesa is

particularly strong in asthma, inflammation, immunology, and molecular and cell biology of

signal transduction. There are multiple members of the Center for Asthma and Sinus Disease who have substantial contributions in basic allergic mechanisms and clinical research. (Click here for a listing of active funded projects.) UCSD is a Clinical Center in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) PrecISE Network studying precision treatments in severe asthma and is also a site in the NIH Asthma & Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Centers.  The La Jolla Institute for Immunology, a member of our Center of Excellence consortium, has been a close collaborator on active research efforts, with particular expertise in immune mechanisms, genetic and genomic analysis, and advanced immunophenotyping.

UCSD has robust training programs in Allergy and Immunology, Otolaryngology and in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine that have strong clinical and research training components designed to foster

the next generation of asthma and sinus specialists and translational investigators. Both the Pulmonary and Allergy programs have substantial research training infrastructure supported by NIH institutional training grants. The Pulmonary Division is the home of the world-renowned Respiratory Physiology Section, who have made substantial contributions to the field of respiratory mechanics and gas exchange over the last half century. UCSD also has extensive offerings in graduate training in the biomedical sciences that span multiple schools and departments.

Directors:
Dr. Praveen Akuthota, Associate Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary
Dr. Taylor Doherty, Associate Professor of Medicine, Section Chief, Allergy and Immunology

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