Asthma Specialist to Speak April 25

Students present research findings April 24

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –Charles G. Irvin, Ph.D., an advanced specialist in respiratory biology, will be the featured speaker at West Virginia University’s annual Health Sciences Research Day, Wednesday, April 25. Dr. Irvin pursued a career in respiratory biology as a result of having asthma himself.  “It’s very important for people with asthma to be evaluated by a physician and start treatment early,” he said.

Irvin’s presentation highlights two days of health research activities at WVU.

According to the American Lung Association, asthma affects nearly 20 million people in the U.S. and over 6 million children, resulting in approximately $16 billion asthma-related health care costs.

Dr. Irvin will present “Translational Clinical Research in Patients: New Insights into Asthma” at noon Wednesday in the Health Science Center Auditorium. “This is a big honor – being invited to come to West Virginia University as a visiting professor. It’s something you work a lifetime hoping for,” he said.   

Asthma is generally perceived as a narrowing of the airway passage, and during HSC Research Day, Dr. Irvin plans to discuss liquid bridging as part of the closure, which develops from bubbles that arise during an asthma attack.

Since 1999, Dr. Irvin has been professor of physiology and biophysics as well as director of the Vermont Lung Center at the University of Vermont. He received his Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Wisconsin in 1978; and completed a National Institutes of Health (NIH) postdoctoral research fellowship a McGill University in Montreal.                      

On Tuesday, April 24, the WVU School of Medicine’s E. J. Van Liere Convocation will feature students’ oral presentations of research abstracts in the HSC Library Learning Center. HSC Research Day will also feature poster presentations, which will be grouped into categories for judging, such as clinical, population, and health services research as well as basic sciences. Faculty teams will judge posters, and winners from each category will receive $500 for 1st place and $250 for 2nd place.      

“This is the largest research event at Health Sciences Center, and it is a really good cross section of the types of research being conducted by WVU students,” said Joan Olson, 2007 Chair of the Van Liere Convocation committee, and associate professor of microbiology, immunology and cell biology.

For further information, contact the HSC Office of Research and Graduate Education at (304) 293-7206.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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