Defining Subpopulations Of Pathogenic Macrophages Underlying Lung Diseases

Grant number: 1008298 | Funding period: 2011 - 2013



Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious lung disease that afflicts over 1 million people in Australia and adenocarcinoma is a common fatal lung cancer; both are typically caused by cigarette smoking, and macrophage-rich inflammation is a hallmark feature. Macrophages can destroy lung tissue and promote cancer development. Herein we will identify and profile macrophage subpopulations that are associated with lung inflammation and cancer to identify therapeutic targets that may yield novel intervention strategies.