Obesity and Asthma: Awareness and Management (R01)

Purpose: The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement issued by the National Institute of Nursing Research is to stimulate research to examine the interconnections of asthma and obesity. The prevalences of both asthma and obesity have significantly risen in the past few decades. Although the association between these two conditions has been found in many studies, the exact mechanisms for how this association arises are unresolved. Because both of these conditions have their beginnings in early life, an aspect of the association between them that requires more understanding is their common exposures in early life. Studies that investigate the molecular pathways linking asthma and obesity are encouraged. In addition, intervention studies targeting asthma or obesity and their effects on each one, and possible mechanisms of action are encouraged.
Receipt Date: Cycle Due Dates (new submission): Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5
Expires: Jan. 8, 2013
Total Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations, and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
Eligibility: Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.
Link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-245.html
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