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As stated in the ARDS Support Center Mission, one of the goals is to "sponsor and participate in activities aimed at funding ARDS research, the furtherance of the primary goal of the ARDS Support Center and creating a broad public awareness of this deadly syndrome."

For those who wish to make donations to further ARDS research directly to specific research efforts, two lists of organizations follow.

The first list includes hospitals that are actively engaged in ARDS research activities and in addition have been of much assistance to the ARDS Support Center in furthering the goals of the organization. The second list includes eleven clinical centers knows as the ARDS Clinical Network (ARDSnet). This organization was established by the medical community in the United States with the objective of developing a concerted medical approach to the diagnosis and treatment of ARDS. The ARDS Clinical Network page of this website provides more information about ARDSnet. Finally the address for donations to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is shown.


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania has been designated by the National Institutes of Health as one of six Specialized Centers of Research in ARDS. We are also one of ten academic medical centers participating in the ARDS Clinical Trials Group, ARDSnet, which is also sponsored by the NIH.

With the benefit of federal support, M.D. and Ph.D. scientists at the University of Pennsylvania are actively investigating the biochemical and cellular basis of the acute lung injury that initiates ARDS. The long term goal is to develop therapies that prevent this devastating condition from ever occurring in susceptible children and adults.

Together with the other participating centers in ARDSnet, we are also engaged in large clinical trials to improve the supportive therapy of patients who have ARDS with the hope of improving survival and functional performance after recovery. One such study, recently published, showed that survival is improved by using lower pressures during mechanical ventilation.

We welcome and regularly receive gifts from grateful patients and their family members in support of our ARDS research. These gifts are deposited in the ARDS Research Fund, which is used to support new investigators, including Jason Christie and Mark Lund, and new research initiatives that are not yet ready for federal research support. One current example is the work we are doing now on cognitive and emotional recovery in ARDS
survivors. By funding pilot projects, donors help to draw new scientists into ARDS research and help us set future directions for our laboratory and clinical investigation in this area.

Checks can be sent to me, John Hansen-Flaschen, MD at the address below. They should be made out to Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, with "ARDS Research Fund" written in the memo space of the check. I will personally acknowledged all gifts of $50 and above. We also encourage people to visit our ICUs and our laboratories to learn more about the research and patient care underway here.

This is an exciting time for ARDS research. Progress is accelerating. We are so thankful to the ARDS Support Center for the opportunity to share our excitement with the larger community of people who know first-hand the devastation of this terrible disease.

John Hansen-Flaschen, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division
873 Maloney Building
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Johns Hopkins University Hospital

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have been working on ARDS for over 30 years. This is an important research area for us because there are over 200 patients per year with ARDS in our intensive care units. Our research program is focused on basic mechanisms of inflammation and lung injury and on testing promising new treatments in the clinical environment.

Basic science research is focused on several areas. Several investigators are exploring mechanisms of vascular permeability, trying to understand why the lung’s blood vessels become leaky when they are inflamed, causing the lungs to fill with excess water and protein-rich fluid. Additional basic research is focused on understanding how inflammation develops, how it causes problems with exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide, and why some alveolar air spaces collapse. Several scientists at Johns Hopkins are exploring mechanisms of oxygen toxicity, which can contribute to inflammation in the ARDS lungs. Most recently, we are using advanced technology to understand the role of genes in the response of various patients to some of the conditions that cause ARDS.

Many of the lessons learned from basic science research are being used to improve clinical care of ARDS patients. We have focused much effort to improve how we use mechanical ventilators to support breathing in patients with ARDS. We developed modified ventilator strategies for preventing injury to ARDS patients’ lungs from excessive pressure and volume. Roy Brower, MD chaired the successful trial of lower tidal volume ventilation in ARDS conducted by the NIH ARDS Network. In that study, mortality was reduced substantially when patients received the modified lower tidal volume approach. Brower is now chairing another NIH ARDS Network study to further improve our use of life support systems in ARDS patients.

Contributions to our research programs have enhanced our ability to conduct successful research. Gifts are deposited in our ARDS Research Fund and are used to initiate new studies, some of which may develop into effective new therapies. All gifts will be acknowledged and appreciated.

Contributions should be made out to “ARDS Research (Roy Brower)” and mailed to:

Kathryn Ries, Administrative Manager
Johns Hopkins University

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
1830 E. Monument Street, 5th floor
Baltimore, MD 21287

LDS Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah

Make checks payable to ARDS Research or Ramona O. Hopkins and mail to:

Ramona O. Hopkins, PH.D.
Department of Critical Care Medicine
LDS Hospital
Eight Avenue and C Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84143

Stanford University

Make checks payable to Stanford University. In the memo section of the check and in a short memo accompanying the check write, "A donation for the Basic Biology of Pulmonary Inflammation Fund" and mail to:

Stanford University
Basic Biology of Pulmonary Inflammation Fund
Thomas Raffin, M.D.
Chief of Respiratory Medicine
Stanford, CA 94305-5236

Mayo Foundation

Checks should be made payable to Mayo Foundation. On the memo line of the check, please indicate ARDS Research in memory of __________. The Mayo Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization. All contributions made to the Mayo Foundation are fully tax deductible. Each donor will receive an official gift acknowledgement for tax purposes. Mail to:

Mayo Foundation
Development Department
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55902

ARDS Clinical Network


Category: Investigator
Michael A. Matthay, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Critical Care Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Moffitt Hospital, M-917
505 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, California 94143-0624



Category: Investigator
Edward Abraham, M.D.
Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine
University of Colorado
Health Sciences Center
4200 East Ninth Avenue , Box C272
Denver, Colorado 80262



Category: Investigator
Henry J. Silverman, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland at Baltimore
10 South Pine Street, MSTF Suite 800
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-1192



Category: Investigator
Galen B. Toews, M.D.
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
University of Michigan
3916 Taubman Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-0360


North Carolina

Category: Investigator
William J. Fulkerson, Jr., M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center
P.O. Box 3121
Room 8264 Duke North Hospital
Durham, North Carolina 27710



Category: Investigator
Herbert P. Wiedemann, M.D.
Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44195



Category: Investigator
Paul N. Lanken, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
9 Founders MICU
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4283



Category: Investigator
Arthur P. Wheeler, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine Vanderbilt University
B1308 Medical Center North
21st Avenue and Garland Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37232



Category: Investigator
Alan H. Morris, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Director of Research
LDS Hospital
8th Avenue and C Street
Pulmonary & Critical Care Division
Salt Lake City, Utah 84143



Category: Investigator
Leonard D. Hudson, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
University of Washington
Harborview Medical Center
325 Ninth Ave
Seattle, Washington 98104