The University of Arizona

About the Center

Fernando D. Martinez, MDWelcome to the Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center, an internationally renowned organization of physicians, scientists, and scholars all seeking to understand and eradicate respiratory diseases.

The Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center has a rich and varied history and background. The Center started in 1971 as a small, specialized research effort in respiratory sciences at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Since that time, it has evolved into an internationally renowned, comprehensive Center of Excellence that combines the highest caliber of research, clinical care, and teaching.

Indeed, U.S. News and World Report recently recognized the Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center as one of the top institutions for respiratory care among hospitals nationwide. In the 21st century, our mission involves not only a dedication to research but also to state-of-the-art medical care and education.

Although I am pleased with our progress in serving the community and in understanding the origins, treatments, and prevention of life-altering respiratory diseases, there is much more for us to do. Asthma is reaching epidemic levels in children, and 1 in 10 now need treatment for this debilitating condition. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States, and more than 15 million Americans are affected.

I am convinced that in the next few decades we will find cures for the most common respiratory diseases affecting young and old. I also believe that the Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center will continue playing a central role in this quest. On behalf of the Center's physicians, scientists, nurses, and staff who are so dedicated to improving people's lives, I thank you for your interest in our work. Your support is vital to our success.

Fernando D. Martinez, MD
Regents' Professor
Director, Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center
Director, BIO5 Institute
Swift-McNear Professor of Pediatrics