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Duke researchers receive R21 to investigate pediatric asthma

Friday, March 29, 2019
Ben Goldstein, PhD; Jason Lang, MD

Ben Goldstein, PhD, associate professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics and data science and analytics leader for the Children's Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) and Jason Lang, MD, associate professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine and CHDI affiliate faculty member, were awarded an R21 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute entitled “Multifactorial spatiotemporal analyses to evaluate environmental triggers and patient-level clinical characteristics of severe asthma exacerbations in children”.  Using Duke electronic health records data and a set of 28 spatially and temporally resolved environmental factors, including different forms of air pollution and built environment features, Goldstein and Lang will evaluate how patient-level characteristics, such as co-morbidities, medications, and health care utilization, influence the risk of severe asthma exacerbations.