The UCSF Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy, and Sleep Medicine Division is widely recognized as one of the strongest research and training programs in the world. Formed more than 50 years ago, the division has been at the forefront of pulmonary medicine since it was first established as a unique discipline. UCSF is world renowned for its expertise in incorporating cell and molecular biology techniques, many of which were pioneered at UCSF, into the study of lung biology and disease.
Since 1966, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have continuously funded the UCSF Pulmonary training program, which has produced more than 200 pulmonary scientists who currently hold full-time academic positions in universities worldwide.
The Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation has generously donated funding to create a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Courtney Broaddus. A match from the Nina Ireland Program in Lung Health has enriched the fellowship further. This teamwork is helping leverage donation opportunities for the research carried out at UCSF.
The Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation is committed to providing research support aimed at finding a cure for mesothelioma. The Foundation is supported by the Simmons Law Firm, which has represented victims of mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease throughout the country.
The Simmons Fellowship in Mesothelioma Research is designed to support research aimed at reaching patients by linking bench work to clinical trials, under the leadership of Dr. Thierry Jahan. Drs. Broaddus and Jahan will jointly supervise the fellow in translating bench work into clinical opportunities for patients with this intractable malignancy.