Dr. Jing Liu Receives 2024 Lung Cancer Research Award

June 6, 2024 – CHICAGO – Respiratory Health Association is proud to present the 2024 Lung Cancer Research Award to Jing Liu, PhD. Dr. Liu will receive a one-time award of $100,000 to conduct research focused on understanding the mechanisms that regulate lung inflammation and injury, including targeting the gene regulator Miz-1, which promotes tumor growth and suppresses the immune response. Blocking Miz-1 can slow tumor growth and enhance immune cell infiltration, offering promising new treatment strategies for lung cancer.

Her team’s findings have significantly advanced comprehension of the processes underlying inflammation resolution, the repercussions of dysregulated inflammation, how to preserve immune homeostasis, the missing link in our understanding of TNF signaling, and our understanding of regulation of cell death.

“It is an honor to receive this award. This study will allow us to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms that contribute to lung diseases and identify potential therapeutic targets,” commented Dr. Liu.

RHA has awarded lung cancer research grants since 1998, encouraging early-stage investigators interested in conducting innovative research studies in lung cancer to apply. This award is meant to catalyze pilot and feasibility studies which generate preliminary data that can be used to compete for federally funded grants. Ultimately, this will lead to advancements in lung cancer treatment.

“This research will take us one step further towards advancements in lung cancer, a disease that historically has been underfunded despite being the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.” said Joel Africk, RHA President and CEO.

Each year, Respiratory Health Association awards early-stage research grants to promising projects covering lung diseases such as lung cancer, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Learn more about RHA’s research program and funding opportunities at RespHealth.org/Research.


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RHA has been a local public health leader in Chicago since 1906. RHA works to prevent lung disease, promote clean air, and help people live better through education, research, and policy change. To learn more, visit RespHealth.org.