News Release: Research , School of Medicine

Apr. 7,  2010

Pediatric Researcher to Address Asthma and Creating Healthier Environment for Children

Emory University pediatric pulmonologist Anne Fitzpatrick, PhD, will share expertise and research on the health and economic impact of asthma on Georgia children at an April 20 Enlightenment Luncheon.

Fitzpatrick's keynote address is part of an Enlightenment Luncheon Series hosted by the Emory School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and Atlanta philanthropists Stephanie Blank, Lisa Rayner Tush and Laura Turner Seydel.

Fitzpatrick will be joined on the Enlightenment Luncheon panel by Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, Rebecca Watts Hull, director of Mothers & Others for Clean Air, and Ann-Marie Brooks, medical director of the Children's Asthma Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding. Karyn Greer, WXIA-TV anchor and reporter, will moderate the discussion.

Fitzpatrick, director of the Emory Severe Asthma Research Program and associate director of the Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Program, is researching cellular and biochemical abnormalities in the lung that lead to severe asthma in children. Her goal is to translate findings from the laboratory into improved clinical treatments for children with asthma.

More than 20 million U.S. children and adults live with asthma, making it one of the most common and costly chronic diseases. More than 10 percent of Georgia children have asthma. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranks Atlanta as one of 10 "Asthma Capitals" in the nation.

The April 20 luncheon is open to the public. It will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the new Loews Atlanta Hotel in Midtown. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $50. After April 15, tickets increase to $60.

To register, call 404-727-5713 or visit the online registration web site.

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