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September 2017

University of Minnesota Health Specialist awarded national CF grants

Pediatric pulmonologist Terri Laguna, MD, MSCS, has received 2 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation clinical research awards. The first names Laguna to the Clinical Research Scholars Program. The competitive award, 1 of 3 given in 2017, seeks to support future leaders of the foundation and allow protected time for research and advanced training in the conducting of multicenter clinical trials. Laguna has also been awarded a 3-year, $450,000 grant to study the role of infection in the development of early lung disease in children with cystic fibrosis (CF). In earlier research, Laguna found that bronchoalveolar lavage fluid in asymptomatic CF infants contains complex bacteria, which are often missed by traditional cultures of airway secretions. In other studies, Laguna identified novel plasma biomarkers that may help scientists better understand pulmonary exacerbations in CF patients.

Pulmonology team receives national recognitions

Pediatric pulmonology at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital has retained its rank as one of the nation’s top-tier programs. In the 2017- 2018 list of Best Children’s Hospitals compiled by U.S. News & World Report, the specialty team was ranked 43rd among 170 programs in the nation.

Eighty-five percent of the hospital scoring reflects data collected through a detailed clinical survey of children’s hospitals, which included factors such as successful management of asthma, cystic fibrosis, and muscular dystrophy.

The Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center and its pediatric and adult care teams were also recently honored with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 2016 Quality Care Award. The award recognizes excellence in clinical care and quality improvement initiatives. The pediatric cystic fibrosis care team also reported the overall best pulmonary function test results (FEV1) in patients 6 to 17 years old from among more than 150 pediatric CF centers in the nation. The pulmonary function test is an important clinical indicator of the health of individuals with cystic fibrosis.

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