Pulmonary Division to use $1.95 million from NYC to lead research in environmental lung disease

Bellevue's Chest Service and the NYU Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine has recently received a check for $1,950,000 presented by Councilman Alan Gerson from the New York City Council to support the Bellevue Environmental Lung Disease Center.

Most of the monies will be used for renovations of 4000 sq ft of laboratory space and offices, with the remainder for research equipment. These monies will allow NYU/Bellevue to take the lead on basic science on how environmental dusts and gases interact with cells, and translational science to understand the mechanisms of diseases and abnormal findings that we observe in our patients exposed to environmental toxicants.We will be studying gene and protein pathways to unravel pathophysiology, and develop strategies for new therapeutic opportunities.

The new Center will be located in Bellevue and will interface with the World Trade Center Dust Environmental Health Center directed by Joan Reibman, MD.