Friday Frontiers in Biomedical Science
Join us for a reception at 3:30 p.m., with presentations to begin at 4 p.m. Each talk will be about 20 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes for Q&A. Light refreshments will be provided.
If you choose to attended virtually, a link will be sent to you when you register.
Dr. Ledford is an associate professor for the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. She is also an active member of the Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center and the BIO5 Institute. Dr. Ledford's translational research investigates obstructive lung disease and dysfunction of innate immunity in asthma and respiratory infections. She has led pulmonary function tests with collaborators for the past 10 years and has a strong history of collaborations in the fields of respiratory diseases, lung function and asthma. Her lab involves studies of pulmonary surfactant protein-A (SP-A), surfactant lipids, and club cell secretory protein (CC16) and how they participate in pulmonary diseases and immune system regulation.
Dr. Guerra is a professor of medicine, the director of the Population Science Unit at the Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center and a leading expert in the natural history and biomarkers of obstructive lung diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). As principal investigator, he is engaged in the leadership and coordination of multiple studies that use bio-specimens and phenotypic information from independent epidemiological cohorts to characterize the natural history, profile the risk factors and identify novel biomarkers of lung diseases. Dr. Guerra's work includes an epidemiologic study, which used a household-based approach to assess prevalence and longitudinal changes in respiratory health. Other biomarker projects include a study on molecular biomarkers of asthma and COPD from the European Community Respiratory Health Survey.