Your Gifts Make a Difference

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Foundation, Inc. (AAAAI Foundation) Formerly the ARTrust™


AAAAI FoundationThomas A.E Platts-Mills, MD, PhD, FAAAAI "The fellowship award that gave me my start as a researcher has benefited me my entire career. Please help us offer the same opportunity to others. Support the ART."

- Thomas A.E Platts-Mills, MD, PhD, FAAAAI
2006-2007 AAAAI President


AAAAI Foundation"The preventative care that I have received for my allergies and asthma has allowed me to lead a normal lifestyle…If my asthma doesn't stop me from competing in a very demanding sport, I can do anything that I set my mind to."

- Caitlyn, 13 years old


AAAAI FoundationThomas B. Casale, MD, FAAAAI "We are united in our quest for better treatments - even cures - for those who suffer from allergies, asthma and immunologic diseases. Your gift to the ART can help us continue the quest. Please help today."

- Thomas B. Casale, MD, FAAAAI
2007-2008 AAAAI President


AAAAI Foundation"Going to the hospital at eight turned out to be a good thing because my parents stopped taking me to my pediatrician and found a specialist…My new doctor changed my treatment and my meds. He also educated my parents and me about asthma. He taught me how to live with it."

- John, 10 years old


AAAAI FoundationAndrew H. Liu, MD, FAAAAI "This grant will play a pivotal role in this transition phase of my career, by giving my research, as well as my academic career, a chance to develop firm footing.

- Andrew H. Liu, MD, FAAAAI
1999 ERT Faculty Development Award Recipient


AAAAI Foundation"I have always had severe asthma, anaphylaxis, and severe environmental allergies. Managing my asthma has always been very tough. Because of my allergist, I have been able to try new treatments and help others by being observed at a special research center."

- Allison, 16 years old


AAAAI FoundationDennis K. Ledford, MD, FAAAAI "Whether you are a clinician, a faculty member, or combine these roles as I do, you know how important the ART is to furthering our education and the search for better treatments. Please join me in supporting the ART."

- Dennis K. Ledford, MD, FAAAAI
2011 – 2012 AAAAI President


AAAAI Foundation"I returned home with a new treatment plan and new perspective on life. I was determined to "pay it forward" by giving back to the community that has whole-heartedly supported me. Based on what I learned, I decided to start an educational support program to teach and empower elementary school children to take control of their asthma. To date I have taught nearly 300 asthmatic children from around the country. My program is important to me because it reinforces the education I learned. It helps other asthmatics and the children in my program have become a support system for me."

- Jennifer, 18 years old


AAAAI FoundationHugh H. Windom, MD, FAAAAI "The future opportunities for fellowship training and the development of young faculty in our teaching hospitals across the country is directly related to our members’ financial support of the ART. Please help these programs continue. Make your gift or pledge today."

- Hugh H. Windom, MD, FAAAAI
AAAAI Board of Directors


AAAAI FoundationJohn Hunt, MD "It has been a huge value in preparing me to train future A/I physicians and researchers – an effort in which I am now fully immersed. I will strive hard to assure that the investment the ERT has made in me will be fully rewarded.

- John Hunt, MD
2000 ERT Faculty Development Award Recipient


AAAAI Foundation"As a state ranked swimmer, my lungs ached and I was constantly plagued by shortness of breath, but I attributed this to swimming outdoors in the winter. I figured my sinus infections, wheezing, and strep throat were things I would have to live with. As the doctor prescribed various treatments, all I cared about was whether I would be able to continue swimming.
In the years that followed our first meeting, my doctor has seen me through numerous ups and downs as I learned to manage my health. He always listens to my concerns and never fails to take them into consideration when he ponders what course of treatment to prescribe. In return, I trust him to help me manage my health in the most effective way. "

- Sarah, 19 years old


AAAAI FoundationSeema Sharma Aceves, MD, PhD "I am very grateful to the AAAAI for awarding me the Clinical ERT grant. This award will allow me to further develop my career as a clinical researcher caring for children with Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Such generous grants are essential for young investigators to pursue their research projects and to contribute to the advancement of clinical research."

- Seema Sharma Aceves, MD, PhD
2006 ERT Clinical Research Grant


AAAAI FoundationJocelyn Celestin, MD, FAAAAI "At a very critical moment in my allergy / immunology academic career, the ERT Faculty Salary Award provided me the opportunity to devote a significant percentage of my time and effort to research and teaching. The ERT board of trustees should be commended for their vision in providing through those grants that much needed moral and financial support to the future leaders of our specialty.

- Jocelyn Celestin, MD, FAAAAI
1999 ERT Faculty Salary Support Award


AAAAI Foundation"My activities were so limited and I became frustrated with my school performance. My parents were worried that something was seriously wrong with me. Finally, my parents took me to see an allergy and asthma specialist. He immediately diagnosed me with asthma and prescribed a nebulizer and an inhaler. It took a week or so for the medications to be totally effective, but after that, I felt like a new kid! I could breathe better and was able to sleep through the night. I was able to run and play with my friends at recess and my school work improved. Since that time, I have learned how to better control my asthma, and not let my asthma control me. My doctor told me that it was imperative that I learn to manage my asthma."

- Katie, 14 years old


AAAAI FoundationKevin P. O'Brien, MD, FAAAAI "The ERT award will enable me to pursue one of the loftiest goals of the field of Allergy and Immunology: progress towards the primary prevention of the development of allergies. Up to now most research has focused on treatment alone. As a practicing allergist constantly facing new members of atopic families, this award will allow me to work together with parents to examine a new opportunity to improve the lives of their children."

- Kevin P. O'Brien, MD, FAAAAI
2005 ERT Clinical Research Grant


AAAAI Foundation"At the age of two I was diagnosed with asthma. The nurses and the doctors who cared for me made me feel very comfortable. This medical challenge has put obstacles in my way but with the help of my allergist, I have overcome this obstacle in my life."

- Tiffany, 15 years old


AAAAI FoundationMajor Kirk H. Waibel, MD, FAAAAI "I am deeply honored to receive the ERT Clinical Research Grant award. The generosity of the ERT board and the Academy has brought to fruition my desire to continue clinical research. This award will allow me to pursue our understanding regarding smallpox vaccine health care and prevention of accidental contact transmission."

- Major Kirk H. Waibel, MD, FAAAAI
2004 ERT Clinical Research Grant


AAAAI FoundationAndrew H. Liu, MD, FAAAAI "Many junior faculty in allergy / immunology attempting to make the transition to independent funding in the U.S. find it difficult to find funding for such efforts. The award definitely helped me make the transition to become a productive and independent investigator and academician. Having now established a foothold, I hope that good work on my part will follow. I am so grateful for the ERT’s support. It has made a difference for me and is reflected in my career’s work.

- Andrew H. Liu, MD, FAAAAI
1999 ERT Faculty Development Award Recipient


AAAAI FoundationHal M. Hoffman, MD "Many of the recipients of this award are the future research leaders in A/I. The award recognizes new talent and encourages careers in academic medicine.

- Hal M. Hoffman, MD
1998 ERT Faculty Development Award Recipient

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