Leveraging excellence in clinical care and research expertise with new models of collaboration that promote discoveries to halt the progression of chronic lung disease

PCOE Highlights

  • Discovery Award Program
    Recently, the UTHealth Pulmonary Center of Excellence awarded 5 faculty teams at the McGovern Medical School with inaugural Discovery Awards. The awards were made possible from a partnership with The Cullen Trust for Healthcare and gifts from donors in our community. The Awards were announced at an event designed to help the teams get to know each other better and to launch these programs.


Pulmonary Center Director, Michael Blackburn, recently received a NIH R01 Research Grant for $1.5 million dollars to study novel mechanism of RNA processing in pulmonary fibrosis.

Harry Karmouty-Quintana recently received a $100,000 research grant from Genentech to study the role of BMPR in acute lung injury and pulmonary fibrosis, as well as a $40,000 research grant from the American Lung Association to study the role of alternative polyadenylation in the pathogenesis of COPD.

Discovery Awards breathe new life into chronic lung disease research

UTHealth selected as Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center

$10M NIH grant awarded to further adenosine research

Michael R. Blackburn, Ph.D., appointed chief academic officer of UTHealth