Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep & Allergy Medicine Research Opportunities
Potential PCCSA Research Projects:
Tricia LeVan, PhD 402.559.7313
- Gene and Environment Interactions in Respiratory Disease.
- Population-based studies
- Polymorphisms in lipopolysaccharide pathway genes and COPD.
- Effect of agricultural exposure on COPD prevalence.
- Molecular-based studies
- Role of lipopolysaccharide pathway genes in bacterial exacerbations of COPD.
- Functional genomics of lipopolysaccharide pathway genes.
Jill Poole, MD 402.559.4087
- Evaluating the effects of inhaled environmental dusts and bacterial agents on innate and adaptive immune functions.
- Evaluating the effects of inhaled environmental dusts and bacterial agents on lung immune responses.
- Clinical studies include: studies of chronic urticaria and angioedema.
- Clinical studies include: the role of vitamin D in allergic and environmentally-induced diseases.
Steve Rennard, MD 402.559.7313
- Long term studies of the natural history of COPD.
- Symptomatic benefits of harm reduction approaches to smoking.
- Evaluation of eicosanoids in exhaled gas condensate as a marker of inflammation in the lungs.
- Assessment of retinoids as aids for new alveolar wall formation in emphysema.
- Evaluation of novel approaches to smoking cessation.
- Evaluation of novel treatments for COPD.
- Laboratory studies include:
- evaluation of the role of circulating stem cells in lung repair.
- evaluation of the role of stem cell deficiency as a risk factor for emphysema.
- evaluation of the control mechanisms directing mesenchymal cell mediated tissue repair.
- evaluation of mesenchymal cells differentiation.
Debra Romberger, MD 402.943.5515
- Developing an approach to screening for osteoporosis in patients with lung disease at the VA.
- Risks (including genetic risk) for agriculture-related lung disease.
- Smoking cessation in special populations.
- Protocols for treatment of latent TB infection at the One World Health Center.
Joe Sisson, MD 402.559.8834
- The value of a fertility history in the diagnosis of primary ciliary dyskinesia in patients with lifelong cough and sinusitis.
- Measuring the cilia-stimulatory (or inhibitory) capacity of human secretions from intubated ICU patients.
Austin Thompson, MD 402.559.3777
- Any interested resident, please contact Dr. Thompson to discuss possible projects.
Susanna Von Essen, MD, MPH 402.559.7397
- Lung disease related to work in production agriculture, including gene-environment interaction.
- Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
- Sleep Medicine Fellowship
- Resident Education
- Student Education
- Patient Care
Allergy Patient Care
- Kristina Bailey Lab
Tricia LeVan Lab
Jill Poole Lab
- Stephen I. Rennard Lab
- Joseph H. Sisson Lab
- Todd A. Wyatt Lab
- Research Opportunities
Open Faculty Positions