The project received nearly $317,000 to study the effects of air pollution on asthma in the Dearborn area Arab American population, specifically young and elderly members. The project seeks 1) to align with the target community’s needs, 2) to conduct original and valuable scientific discovery as a pilot research project while maintaining the original project goals of the project, and 3) to fit within the objectives and activities of team members’ larger, ongoing integrated projects.
The project has yielded successful gathering of data from the target population, expansion of the initial inquiry to include investigation of seasonal differences in asthma related air pollutants, and an increase in opportunities for publishing and external funding.
To date, the team has identified more than $11.5M in external grant funding that either directly supports the Asthma study or leverages the Asthma team and research activities as part of larger, integrated research projects. The team has also had one article published in a peer-reviewed journal and its first manuscript accepted at an international conference.