Basic Research

The Duke Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine is devoted to basic and translational research to advance the understanding and treatment of pulmonary disease and the critically ill.

A Snapshot of Current Basic and Translational Research in Our Division

Asthma, Allergy, and Airway Center

Basic research studies in the Asthma, Allergy, and Airway Center include research into the genetics and biology of airway mucus production, mycoplasma, and smooth muscle physiology and airway mucus. 

Learn more about the Asthma, Allergy, and Airway Center.

Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic

Scientists in our division are striving to improve our understanding of the molecular mechanisms leading to interstitial lung disease. Currently, Duke is collaborating on research to investigate the genetic basis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. 

Learn more about the Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic.

Interventional Pulmonology Program

Our program is actively engaged in basic and translational research activities to advance our knowledge about the diagnosis and treatment of airway invasion by lung cancer and malignant pleural effusions. 

Learn more about the Interventional Pulmonology Program.

Lung Transplant Program

Researchers in our program are involved in innovative translational studies related to finding genetic immune variants that protect against post-transplant rejection. As the mechanisms that lead to organ rejection become more evident, our researchers are developing preventive therapies targeting these specific mechanisms. 

Learn more about the Duke Lung Transplant Research Program.