The Vit-D-Kids Asthma Study is looking at whether vitamin D supplements can help kids with asthma fight off viruses and avoid asthma attacks that lead to increased dependence on medication or even hospitalization.

Would you like your child to participate in the study?

Is your child between 6 and 16 years old?

Has he/she been diagnosed with asthma?

Has he/she taken a daily medication for asthma for at least part of the last year?

If you answered yes to these questions, your child may qualify for our study.

Children who are found to be eligible for the study receive testing, study medications, and monitoring at no charge, along with compensation for participation.

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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Lung Researcher Receives Prestigious Scientific Award

John F. Alcorn, Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pulmonology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Parker B. Francis Jo Rae Wright Award for Scientific Excellence. The award has been established by the Parker B. Francis Fellowship Program and the Francis Family Foundation to honor Jo Rae Wright, Ph.D.

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The Vit-D-Kids Asthma Study is examining whether Vitamin D (an essential nutrient with significant effects on the immune system) reduces the chances of severe asthma attacks in school-aged children at high-risk, who have low vitamin D levels. It will also examine if that protection acts through a reduction in severe viral infections or through improved response to inhaled corticosteroids (ICS).