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BRIEFING TOMORROW: From Discovery to Delivery: The Role of Research in Combating Asthma
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
2043 Rayburn House Office Building
Lunch will be served


Dear Colleague,

Asthma affects more than 25 million Americans and is a major contributing factor in missed time from school and work.

Research shows that not all asthma has the same underlying causes and symptoms, making the need for advances in understanding and care essential to helping patients live healthier lives with this disease.

As part of National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month, this briefing will take a closer look at the obstacles and opportunities facing the scientific community as they work to bring new innovations in asthma research from the lab bench to the patient’s

You will hear from a variety of experts, including:

  • Peter Gergen, M.D., Medical Officer, Allergy, Asthma and Airway Biology Branch, NIAID, Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation
  • Rohit Katial, M.D., Allergist, U.S. Medical Respiratory Expert, GSK
  • Cara Kraft, RRT/RCP, AE-C, Director of Research and Evaluation, Allergy and Asthma Network
  • Tyra Bryant-Stephens, M.D., Medical Director of the Community Asthma Prevention Program, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Judith Woodfolk, MBChB, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, Department of Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Moderated by Eleanor Perfetto, PhD, MS, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, National Health Council.  

Following the briefing, audience members may take part in a voluntary interactive activity: the “Walk in My Shoes Asthma Interactive Experience,” which enables participants to gain an understanding of what a person with asthma may experience.

To RSVP, contact James Taylor at



Eliot L. Engel                   Gregg Harper                     Carol Shea-Porter        
Member of Congress        Member of Congress         Member of Congress

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