The Asthma Institute in working with community organization, Women for a Healthy Environment, was awarded one of CTSI’s 2019 WORDOUT Grants! This grant supports research dissemination in the greater Pittsburgh communities, and we hope our project will bring awareness to the importance of asthma research and asthma education. Stay tuned for updates!
EOH’s Brandy Hill, doctoral student takes home the Herbert Rosenkranz Prize for the school wide project judged to be the most significant contribution to the public health field!
Additionally, each year the department of EOH awards the Keleti Award for excellence in environmental health, and this years award went to doctoral student Brandy Hill!
Brandy’s work was timely and examined the “Acute impact of pollution control breach on asthma control in vulnerable populations near U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works following 2018 Fire”
Dr. Sally Wenzel and Dr. Merritt Fajt published recently in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology on the use of biologics medications and the personalized care they offer in asthma treatment. Read the full journal article here!
Featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dr. Wenzel talks about a new type of asthma treatment, biologics, and the research being done about it. Read the full story here.
Dr. Wenzel Honored with 2018 LHAS Trailblazer Award
We had the honor and privilege of seeing our leader, Dr. Sally Wenzel, receive the 2018 Ladies Hospital Aid Society Trailblazer award. Along with the prestigious award, LHAS surprised her with a check for $20,000 to enhance her amazing research! What a wonderful way to celebrate Dr. Wenzel’s success. Check out LHAS’s full write up below:
Sally E. Wenzel, M.D., Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health; Director, University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute; and UPMC Chair of Translational Airway Biology, is widely recognized for her studies of severe asthma, and asthma phenotypes. Her work has led the field in understanding the complexities of asthma and its treatment.
Asthma sparked her interest when she encountered many young people who suffered and even died from it. When she inquired about the details of asthma, no one had answers. Thus, she was pushed towards doing her own research.
Dr. Wenzel’s day-to-day work includes caring for her patients from across the country who come to her clinic with the most severe asthma. She also manages the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. She is dedicated to understanding the different types of diseases associated with asthma. She explains that even on the worst of days, when that one patient says, “Dr. Wenzel, I feel so much better, you’ve changed my life,” that day becomes MUCH better.
Dr. Wenzel says that this award is a tremendous honor to her. “Being associated with the appealing title of ‘trailblazers’ speaks for itself. In the past 20 years, I believe I have blazed a few new trails with understanding and identifying the concept of severe asthma along with developing treatments for the individuals who suffer from it.
The Cameron Heyward Foundation’s 2018 Birthday Party
Dr. Wenzel and some members of our Asthma Institute Team attended Cameron Heyward’s annual birthday party with some special kids from Kids Voice. Celebrating these kids with dinner, gifts, and Dave & Buster’s game time, this event is wonderful for everyone involved. The Cameron Heyward Foundation gives back to the community in so many ways, read more about them and Cameron’s asthma story here.
Dr. Wenzel appointed new Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Wenzel is assuming a new role as the Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. With this new position, she will extend her work on asthma and airway disease to environmental and population health, amplifying the exceptional strengths already present in both departments. She will continue as the acting director with us at the Asthma Institute. We are so proud of her latest accomplishment!
2018 State of Air Report Published by American Lung Association
See how your county or region did in this year’s State of Air Report. Pittsburgh falls within the top 10 worst rankings for short-term and year-round particle pollution in the country. Check out all the interactive tools from the American Lung Association’s report here.
Study Shows Flavoring Chemicals in E-Cigarettes to be Harmful
NBC News article covers new study showing the harm of fruit flavorings in e-cigarettes in teens. Read the full article here.