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Cincinnati Researchers Receive $1.6M to Study Rare Lung Disease

Posted by Laura Braden on Wed, May 13, 2015

Pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis is recorded only 700 times in medical literature. Pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis (PAM) is a rare lung disease that has only been recorded about 700 times in medical literature. In order for someone to get PAM, both parents must have the genetic mutation that causes it. Although rare, this disease can result in a much shorter life expectancy or death. With the help of a new grant worth $1.6 million over the next four years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH, researchers at the University of Cincinnati will further study this rare disease. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Cincinnati researchers, lead by Frank McCormack, MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, will use this new grant to study the "lung stones" caused by pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis that affect the lungs. These stones are made from calcium phosphate which collects in the lungs and causes damage to lung tissue, which can lead to severe breathing issues, chest pains, and calcium phosphate deposits on other important organs in the body, leading to further damage. 


The Cincinnati research team will use a mouse model similar to humans to study the disease. McCormack explained that the researchers "have created a mouse model that closely mimics the human condition. We are trying to understand the cause of the disease and to use the mouse as a platform to design trials. We have some exciting practical ideas for treatment that we are anxious to bring to the bedside."

He further explained that "in rare disorders, we can study disease pathogenesis from the vantage point of a known molecular defect. Rapid progress is possible and discoveries made in the orphan disease can shed light on more common disorders. For example, the anti-GM-CSF auto-antibody found to cause the rare lung disease alveolar proteinosis is now being trialed in a number of autoimmune disorders."


The University of Cincinnati is a multi-million dollar, highly ranked research marketplace consistantly conducting leading research projects. In the 2013 fiscal year, the University ranked 35th in the nation for the amount of life science R&D expenditures, totaling more than $356 million. In the 2014 fiscal year, the University received more than $60 million in funding from the NIH.

Research projects at this institution include: 

  • In 2012, the University of Cincinnati was awarded $73.9 million in research funding to the Departments of Anatomy/Cell Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Internal Medicine, Pharmacology and Veterinary Sciences.
  • The University of Cincinnati's environmental health department was awarded $8.7 million from the NIH, supporting the operation of its state-of-the-art Center for Environmental Genetics. At the facility, scientists conduct studies on how environmental agents interact with genetic and epigenetic factors to influence disease.
  • The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke awarded the NSTN National Clinical Coordinating Center $2.3 million for the development and testing of new therapies for stroke treatment, recovery/rehabilitation, and prevention that can decrease the global burden of stroke.

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