AAAAI Foundation and Donald Y. M. Leung, MD, PhD-JACI Lecture: Investing Together in Our Future

Background: Dr. Donald Y. M. Leung is the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI) and has served for the past 15 years. Under his leadership, the impact factor of our Journal has risen from 3.7 to 11.476, reflecting a marked improvement in publications of research dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases. JACI is the most highly cited Journal in the field of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology and is the most visible official publication of The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).

With the recent decline in NIH funding and restrictions from other funding sources, it is critical to establish new sources of research funding to maintain outstanding research in the field of allergy and clinical immunology. Without outstanding research, there is a threat to our specialty and our Journal. The quality of research in Allergy-Clinical Immunology could drop due to an erosion of talented researchers and clinicians in the allergy, asthma and immunology field.  

As one of his initiatives to support and enhance research in our specialty and maintain JACI’s high impact factor, Dr.  Leung proposes the establishment of a new $4 million research fund. The “Donald Y. M. Leung, MD, PhD-JACI Lecture” commemorates the initiation of this effort and the opportunity to advance the knowledge and treatment of allergy, asthma and immunology by providing a source of funding for future research.  The vision is to support quality, cutting edge translational and basic research suitable for publication in JACI and to further advance patient care and the credibility of allergy / immunology.” We encourage all individuals interested in securing the future of scientifically based patient care to consider donating to this exciting new funding opportunity. The AAAAI Foundation has committed $500,000 of dollar-for-dollar matching funds from within the existing corpus. The faster we grow the fund, the more quickly awards can be granted. Our vision is to grant the first awards at the time Dr. Leung’s term as Editor ends.

Please join the individuals who have already committed over $300,000 to make this vision a reality. We encourage you to celebrate the contributions of Dr. Leung, the other JACI Editors and editorial staff and the success of JACI with a generous donation to the Donald Y. M. Leung- JACI Research Fund through the ARTrust website. Together we can do more.


If you are interested in contributing to The Donald Y. M. Leung, MD, PhD-JACI Lecture Fund online click here and select the corresponding lectureship. If you would like to make a contribution via check or to create a pledge, click here. For questions or to make a contribution by phone call the AAAAI Foundation office at 414-272-6071.

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