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Clinical and Translational Training

UCSD has robust training programs in Allergy and Inflammation and in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, both with strong clinical and research training components designed to foster the next generation of asthma specialists and investigators. Clinical trainees from both programs benefit from the currently composed Center and will further benefit from planned cross-educational activities in the Center of Excellence model. Dr. Akuthota has both Pulmonary Fellows and Internal Medicine residents who participate in his Asthma Clinic and get exposure to severe asthma and the use of biologic therapies. Allergy and Immunology Fellows have a strong grounding in Asthma care integrated into all aspects of their clinical training, working closely with Drs. Christiansen, Doherty, and Kim. Similarly, ENT trainees with an interest in rhinology will benefit from integrated Center of Excellence approach.

Both the Pulmonary and Allergy programs have substantial research training infrastructure that are supported by NIH T32 institutional training grants. The Allergy training grant is led by Dr. Broide, and the Pulmonary training grant is led by Dr. Atul Malhotra. These grants are able to support training in asthma and/or allergic inflammation in the laboratories designated above, or in other excellent laboratories at UCSD and affiliated research institutes. The laboratories that are specifically part of the Center are fully equipped to provide research training that spans basic mechanisms, genetics/genomics, mouse models, translational work with clinical samples, and clinical trials.