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The Harron Lung Center includes a range of research programs and collaborates with a variety of centers and institute at the University of Pennsylvania. Several important advancements that have become standard of care originated at Penn, such as the single-breath diffusing capacity and body plethysmography.

Research programs at the Paul F. Harron Jr. Lung Center include:

  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and Sepsis Research Program

    A multidisciplinary group of basic science and clinical investigators work together to study the pathogenesis, genetic basis and treatment of acute lung injury.

  • Center for Translational Lung Biology

    Designed to enhance lung and critical illness research by integrating the clinical, translational, and basic science expertise in lung biology and critical illness through its ability to provide the proper resources, organization, core facilities, and by supporting key recruitments.

  • Developmental Lung Biology

    This program focuses on the mechanisms driving early development of the lung and how such pathways regulate repair and regeneration of the postnatal respiratory system.

  • Microbial Pathogenesis/Microbiome Study/HIV Biology

    This research focuses on investigating microbial pathogenesis in the respiratory tract.

  • Penn Center for Pulmonary Biology

    The PCPB acts as an interdisciplinary center focused on the identification and characterization of disease causing mechanisms that affect the respiratory system

  • Pulmonary Vascular Disease

    This research focuses on pulmonary vascular disease and right ventricular dysfunction.

  • Interstitial Lung Disease

    This research focuses on basic, translational, and clinical research relating to interstitial lung diseases.

  • Thoracic Oncology

    Thoracic oncology conducts cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic research related to lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma.

  • Transplant Biology

    Our surgeons and teams perform lung transplants for patients with advanced lung diseases. Here, we feature our researchers and their current research projects.

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