Consortium Centers
  • LungMAP 2 Team
    • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

      Principal Investigators


      Jeffrey A. Whitsett, M.D. (Contact PI)
      Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

      Yan Xu, Ph.D. (Co-PI)
      Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center


      Research Description

      Building a Multidimensional Map of Developing Human Lung – Jeffrey A. Whitsett, M.D. PI

      Our LungMAP2 project seeks to work in a collaborative consortium to develop operational pipelines to study human lung development from the saccular, alveolar stages of morphogenesis at single cell level of resolution. The project will integrate single cell transcriptomic, chromatin accessibility, 2D and 3D high-resolution confocal microscopy, immunofluorescence, multiprobe RNA in situ hybridization studies to create a detailed molecular map of the cells, cell-cell and cell scaffold interactions in their precise anatomic positions in the developing human lung. Our LungMAP2 Center will work in close concert with the Data Coordinating Center (DCC), other LungMAP2 Centers and the Human Tissue Procurement Core (HTPC) to obtain, annotate, preserve and store human tissues using optimal conditions for imaging and omics analyses. Our LungMAP2 project will produce a detailed structural expression atlas of multiple regions, niches in the human lung. We will develop and validate new technologies for tissue clearing, 3D reconstructions of high-resolution images, multi-probe RNA and IF analysis. We will develop new tissue digestion single cell and single nuclear RNA analyses for precise regional niches of the normal developing human lung, tissue from and in infants with rare congenital lung disorders. We will work in a Consortium to develop useful bioinformatic programs, modeling cell-cell, cell matrix interactions to define the signaling and transcriptional programs building and maintaining organ structure and function. Working with the DCC and other LungMAP2 Centers, our bioinformatics pipelines will enable data visualization, interrogation in user friendly web portals for sharing with members of the LungMAP2 Consortium, the DCC and for the research community in general.

      Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
      Division of Pulmonary Biology
      3333 Burnet Ave
      Cincinnati , OH 45229-3039
    • University of Rochester
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      Principal Investigators

      Principal Investigator: Gloria S. Pryhuber, M.D.


      Co-Investigators:     In collaboration with:
      Tom Mariani, Ph.D.   National Disease Research Interchange
      Ravi Misra, Ph.D.   International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine
      Philip Katzman, M.D    
      Gail Deutsch, M.D. (U of Washington, Seattle)    

      Research Description

      Biorepository for Investigation of Diseases of the Lung (BRINDL) - Phase II

      Lung disease originating in the period between the late canalicular stage to mature alveolarization and peak lung function, between limits of viability and early adulthood, remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Research to discover novel treatments for these disorders is limited by the rarity of access to normal and diseased human lung across this age span. Having, as the original Human Tissue Core (HTC) for the Molecular Atlas of Lung Development Program (LUNGMAP), created the BioRepository for INvestigation of Diseases of the Lung (BRINDL), the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) submits this application in response to RFA-HL-19-021 to continue to serve as the HTC for LungMAP Phase 2 (LUNGMAP II). BRINDL now contains over 300 human full lung sets spanning mid-late gestation to adult age, as well as an additional 70+ with specified disease. It will continue to be URMC-HTC responsibility to sufficiently identify and manage tissue sources to meet the overall Program goal to build an open-access, comprehensive, molecular atlas of the late- stage developing and maturing lung. As the HTC, URMC will collect, process, deposit, and distribute to the four LUNGMAP Research Centers (RCs), and ultimately the greater research community, human lung samples representing late gestation through early adulthood in forms that will support temporal and spatial characterization of molecular profiles of functionally or anatomically defined cell types in the developing lung. In LungMAP II, the URMC-HTC supports the expansion of LUNGMAP to 25 years of age and to include neonatal and pediatric rare lung disease as well as normal lung development. Because of the concern and complexity in recovering high-quality pediatric lungs in a standardized manner and with as little ischemia-induced artifact as possible, and the need to meet all legal and ethical standards, we continue to choose to work primarily through elements of the United Network of Organ Sharing, the federally contracted Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), and two non-profit organizations to whom are referred non-transplantable donated organs suitable for research, The National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) and the International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (IIAM). NDRI and IIAM work well with the OPTN and with families who approach them directly during a pregnancy or illness expected to be lethal. In addition, we have contacts with Pediatric Pulmonary Centers around the country to identify potential sources for rare lung disease samples. Our goal is to provide an additional 250 lung set donations, or at minimum biopsies, for inclusion in the LUNGMAP BRINDL biorepository. Our URMC-HTC, in collaboration with Seattle Children’s Research Institute, will prepare the donated organs and tissues to meet the needs of the LUNGMAP Phase II RCs.

      BRINDL can be accessed from here.

      University of Rochester Medical Center
      School of Medicine and Dentistry
      601 Elmwood Ave, Box 850
      Rochester , NY 14642
    • University of Pennsylvania
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      Principal Investigators

      Edward E Morrisey, Ph.D. (PI)
      University of Pennsylvania

      Research Description

      Multi-Modal Characterization of Three Human Lung Niches at the Single Cell Level

      The respiratory system is architecturally complex and comprised of many compartments or niches responsible for unique functions during respiration. While the human respiratory system exhibits a significant level of similarity with rodents such as mice, it contains unique compartments and structures that are poorly understood but likely to be important in understanding disease etiology and progression. As an example, the heterogeneity along the proximal-distal axis of the human airway is significantly different than in the mouse, which may underlie the lack of appropriate rodent models for many human lung diseases. This lack of understanding is similar for the human pulmonary vasculature, where few animal models of diseases such as pulmonary hypertension exist. A detailed analysis of these compartments and others in the developing human lung will result in the identification of new cell lineages and molecular signatures of individual cells across the proximal-distal axis of the airways and along the pulmonary vasculature. These data will need to be coupled with high resolution imaging techniques to build a cellular atlas of the developing human lung. One of the major goals of Phase 2 of the LUNGMAP Consortium, which was originally initiated in 2014, is to define the unique architectural, cell, and gene expression complexities of the developing human lung using sophisticated and emerging technologies including single cell analytics. Given the spatially specific architectural complexities of the human lung, we propose to focus on three important compartments or niches: 1) the proximal airways, 2) the distal airways and alveolus including the terminal and respiratory bronchioles (TBs and RBs), and 3) the pulmonary vasculature. We will utilize multi-modal genomic, epigenomic, and proteomic techniques to define the cellular and molecular heterogeneity in these three niches at the single cell level, and disseminate this information to allow investigators to extract cell-cell crosstalk that defines and maintains these three niches in the developing human lung. Our group has developed and applied novel genomic and imaging tools and designed interactive web applications to display and interrogate multi- dimensional data that allows for specific, interactive, and continuous ongoing analysis of the data generated in the LUNGMAP Consortium. Importantly, our group has demonstrated the ability to define cell-cell interactions within specific lung niches by integrating genomic data with high resolution imaging. The ultimate goals of our proposal are to 1) identify and map the cell lineages within three critical niches of the developing human respiratory system, 2) define their spatial organization in relation to each other, 3) provide novel datasets to allow researchers to identify the cell-cell interactions that are critical for their postnatal development, and 4) organize and display the data for broad access throughout the scientific community using multi-dimensional genomic and proteomic analysis tools.

      Smilow Center for Translational Research
      11-179, Bldg 421
      3400 Civic Center Blvd
      Philadelphia , PA 19104
    • University of California, San Diago

      Principal Investigators

      Principal Investigator: Xin Sun, Ph.D.


      Research Description

      Decoding the Cellular Niches Critical for Lung Maturation and Pathogenesis

      The human lung is vast organ with exquisite regional differences in the form of cellular niches best defined at single-cell resolution. Emerging evidence led to growing appreciation that the collective roles of these fine specializations are fundamental for lung function. Guided by the scientific premise that these niches are often sites of pathogenesis, we propose to map these niches in normal and disease tissues and directly compare them at the single-cell resolution. This goal is directly responsive to the mission of LungMAP Phase 2 to “extend to more specific and rare cell types.” To achieve this goal, we have gathered an interdisciplinary team of established and rising, basic and clinical investigators with complementary strengths in developmental biology (Sun), cell biology and immunology (Prince, Sajti), technology development and informatics (Ren, Preissl, Wang and Xu). Together, we have a track record of studying the control of normal lung maturation, as well as mechanisms underlying a number of LungMap-highlighted diseases, including bronchopulmonary dysplasia, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, childhood interstitial lung disease, and pediatric pulmonary hypertension (PPH). We will use cutting-edge technologies such as single-nucleus ATACseq, single-cell and single-nucleus RNAseq, multiplex antibody and RNA in situ hybridization, and three-dimensional imaging. Using these, we will systematically define the exciting kaleidoscope of cell types in the human lung, with an emphasis on cellular niches that are central to pathogenesis.

      University of California, San Diago
      Cellular and Molecular Medicine
      East 1087
      9500 Gilman Dr
      La Jolla , CA 920092
    • Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

      Principal Investigators

      Joshua N. Adkins, Ph.D. Contact PI
      Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


      James Paul Carson, Ph.D. mPI
      University of Texas at Austin


      Geremy Clair, Ph.D. mPI
      Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


      Research Description

      Research Center for Spatiotemporal Lung Imaging And Omics

      Lung development is a complex process that is spatiotemporally coordinated by a myriad of molecular events occurring in the different microenvironment and cell types composing in the pulmonary tissue. In human this process is continued postnatally with the alveologenesis occurring during the first few months to year of life. Alveologenesis is a dynamic, coordinated process that requires the accurate spatial and temporal integration of signals to develop the intricate alveolar structure. While important progress has been made, significant knowledge gaps remain in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms driving postnatal development. For this reason, our NHLBI established Research Centers (RCs) to create a spatiotemporal molecular atlas of the developing lung (LUNGMAP) focused from birth up to early childhood (~8 years). In the first phase of LungMAP, our RC developed resources that enabled a much more detailed understanding of normal lung development up to early childhood. In LUNGMAP Phase 2, we will apply our successful approaches and our newest technologies to extend analysis of lung development into early adulthood as well as human disease; focusing on bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), the most common morbidity of preterm infants which is characterized by delayed or deficient lung maturation. Within the lung, the relationship between space, anatomy, and function is fundamental. Therefore, our approach includes new unbiased 3D quantitative imaging approaches implemented with high spatial resolution, as well as cell-specific omics: proteomics, lipidomics, and metabolomics. The integration of these complementary data collection methods facilitates the establishment of a cell-specific spatial atlas with an incredible breadth of molecular profiles across the developing lung in normal and disease states.

      Specifically, we will accomplish our goal of an integrated molecular atlas of lung development through the following aims: (1) Spatial imaging for a molecular atlas of the human lung in normal and diseased states, (2) Cell-specific omics for a molecular atlas of the human lung in normal and diseased states, and (3) Managing data to facilitate collaboration and data integration.

      Overall, these aims will create unprecedented multi-scale browsable quantitative three-dimensional “Maps” of proteins, lipids, and metabolites across the developing lung, providing for many novel insights toward understanding both normal human lung biology and disease pathogenesis.

      Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
      P.O. Box 999
      Richland , WA 99352
      UT Austin
      Texas Advanced Computing Center
      Advanced Computing Building (ACB)
      J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Building 205
      10100 Burnet Rd (R8700)
      Austin , TX 78758
    • Data Coordination Center
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      Principal Investigators

      Bruce J. Aronow, Ph.D. (Contact PI)
      Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center


      Nathan Salomonis, Ph.D. (Co-PI)
      Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center


      Timothy Tickle, Ph.D. (Co-I)
      Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

      Benedict Paten, Ph.D. (Co-I)
      University of California Santa Cruz

      Research Description

      The LungMAP 2 initiative will create detailed molecular maps of the neonatal, pediatric and early adult human lung to enable improved understanding of functionally and anatomically defined cell types. The Data Coordination Center (DCC) will serve as the nexus of LungMAP 2's collective knowledge and activities. The DCC is responsible for data collation, re-analysis, and integration; secondary annotation tracking; developing tools to facilitate collection, sharing and data dissemination; operating a web resource for data, expertise, and collaboration; and coordinating activities across the Research Centers (RCs) and Human Tissue Core. The DCC will also facilitate literacy for investigator use of developed tools and best practices for analysis, data provenance and metadata annotation, and engage the larger research community. To host the DCC, we have assembled a multidisciplinary team with data network leadership, along with leaders in single-cell genomics, image analysis, functional inference, and data re-utilization. The DCC leverages unique expertise at CCHMC, UCSC, and the Broad Institute to interoperate pulmonary-oriented single-cell and high-resolution imaging data with other atlas programs. We also include world-renowned pulmonary researchers into our leadership team to ensure the data and knowledge we provide to the research community has the greatest scientific impact. Collectively, we propose to accelerate the LungMAP scientific agenda by coordinating efforts across funded Centers, the NIH, and the pulmonary research community; cross-validate, annotate, deposit and link Consortium datasets and metadata that encompass molecular -omics, imaging, and associated structural models; and enable sharing of data, results, and models within LungMAP and the research community. The datasets and results derived from the RCs are expected to yield significant new insights into lung maturation, intra-donor variation and disease pathogenesis. To ensure the underlying data produced by the RCs is findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable (FAIR), the DCC will work closely with the RCs to establish and share best practices, coordinate metadata annotation, ensure studies are sufficiently powered, assist with the deposition of harmonized data of high integrity to secure repositories, and provide data access and standardized analysis workflows. Through the continued development of structured ontologies and metadata frameworks, RC-derived datasets will be annotated and harmonized using emerging best practices. The DCC will support the ingestion and validation of data and analysis from new technologies as they emerge. We will support the generation of centralized, cloud-enabled data processing workflows that are compatible with external initiatives such as HubMAP, BRAIN, and the HCA. We expect that providing these functions in a web-enabled LungMAP Commons will promote interaction across many stakeholders. This will position the LungMAP DCC to become a hub for data sharing, data integration, collaboration and hypothesis generation for investigators studying lung development and disease.

      DCC- CCHMC
      Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
      3333 Burnet Ave
      Cincinnati , OH 45229-3039
      DCC- Broad
      The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
      415 Main St
      Cambridge , MA 02142
      DCC- UCSC
      Baskin School of Engineering
      1156 High St
      Santa Cruz , CA 95064
    • NHLBI
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      Program Officer

      Qing "Sara" Lin, Ph.D.


      NHLBI will have substantial programmatic involvement that is above and beyond the normal stewardship role in awards.

      1. NHLBI will attend and participate as a voting member in all meetings of the Steering Committee.
      2. NHLBI will serve as a liaison, helping to coordinate activities among and for the awardees, including acting as a liaison to the NIH, and as an information resource for the awardees about lung development research activities.
      3. NHLBI will review the scientific progress of the LungMAP consortium, access for compliance with operating policies developed by the Steering Committee, and may recommend to the NHLBI to withhold support, suspend, or phase out an award for lack of scientific progress or failure to adhere to policies established by the Steering Committee.
  • LungMAP 1 Team
    • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

      Principal Investigators

      Jeffrey A. Whitsett, M.D. (Contact PI)
      Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

      S. Stephen Potter, Ph.D.
      Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

      Research Description

      Our research plan focuses to the generation and analysis of detailed NexGen gene expression data for both human and mouse lung from the late canalicular-saccular through the alveolar periods of development. The lung is comprised of diverse parenchymal- and hematopoietic derived cells, whose abundance, differentiation, and functions vary developmentally, regionally, and among species. Temporal and spatial interactions among diverse cell types orchestrate formation and function of the lung. While many of the genes and networks regulating lung formation are shared among vertebrate species, the physiology, structure and regional specific cell types, and gene expression patterns vary between murine and human lung. To effectively translate data from mouse models to humans, it is critical to understand their molecular similarities and differences at the cellular level. We will generate a detailed cell specific RNA database for human and mouse lung parenchyma. Single cell RNA-seq will be interpreted with data derived from laser capture microdissection (LCM), FACS, RNA analyses, and molecular imaging to create an expression map of human and mouse lung. Computational and "systems biology" approaches will integrate these data to create readily accessible databases that will synergize research related to pulmonary development, disease, and function. This application will focus to the analysis of cells from normal lung parenchyma (e.g., conducing airway and alveolar epithelial cells; vascular endothelial cells, including venous, arterial, lymphatic, and capillary cells; stromal and adventitial cells, including fibroblasts, pericytes, myofibroblasts, and cartilage; and neuroepithelial and neuronal cells).

      Aim 1: Cell Specific NexGen RNA Analyses to Create an "Atlas" of Gene Expression In the Murine Lung. Single cell isolation, FACS purification, and LCM of lung parenchymal cells, and RNA-Seq will create a temporal-spatial map of gene expression in the mouse from E15.5 to postnatal day 28.

      Aim 2: Cell Specific NexGen RNA Analysis to Create an Atlas of Gene Expression In Human Fetal Lung. Single cell isolation, LCM, and FACS analysis followed by RNA-Seq will create a map of the temporal-spatial patterns of the gene expression during human lung formation from 22 weeks of gestation through the postnatal-alveolar period.

      Aim 3: Bioinformatics Analysis of NexGen RNAs to Define Gene Expression During Murine and Human Lung Formation. Bioinformatics and computational biology of RNA sequence data from the murine and human lung studies will be analyzed, curated using defined anatomic ontologies, and integrated to provide a sensitive and quantitative measure of gene expression patterns of the precise RNA splice forms, microRNAs and other noncoding RNAs expressed during lung formation.

      Cincinnati Children's Medical Center
      Division of Pulmonary Biology
      3333 Burnet Ave
      Cincinnati , OH 45229-3039
    • Children's Hospital Los Angeles
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      Principal Investigator

      David Warburton, M.D.
      Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

      Research Description

      The following Goals are designed to achieve the overarching Strategic Goal to construct a rich multiscale atlas of human alveolar development and to readily share the resulting materials with other research centers in the UO1 and with the broad research community.

      Goal 1. Make a digital map of alveolar development over time in vivo and in tissue pieces using novel micro- CT (uCT), micro MRI (uMRI) and Phase contrast X-ray (PCX) technology validated in mice and then in human lung tissue.

      Goal 2. Make a digital map of spatiotemporal gene expression during alveolar development over time using newly modified high throughput multiplex ISH with novel "slice and dice", Vibra-SSIM confocal technology, in mouse and human lung tissue.

      Goal 3. Make a digital map of the fine structure of alveolar matrix during development in mouse and human tissue.

      Goal 4. Develop image-processing technology to meld digital multiscale images of alveolar structure with cell autonomous gene expression with extracellular matrix protein configuration into a readily navigable, annotated novel data resource for the scientific community.

      SOPs will be developed and process driven milestones will be set up to ensure deliverability and return on this significant scientific investment. Drs. Warburton, Shi and Driscoll are expert alveolar biologists while Drs. Fraser, Moats and Lansford are expert imaging scientists who are adept at recording, registering and assembling digital, multiscale combinatorial maps of organ development in Drosophila and Mouse and have invented many novel and highly innovative techniques to do so. We propose to translate our novel concepts on alveolar development derived in mice rapidly to studies in vivo in humans.

      Children's Hospital Los Angeles
      4650 Sunset Blvd
      Los Angeles , CA 90027
    • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory / University of Texas at Austin

      Principal Investigators

      Richard A. Corley, Ph.D. 
      Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

      Charles K. Ansong, Ph.D. (Contact PI)
      Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

      James Paul Carson, Ph.D.
      University of Texas at Austin

      Research Description

      We have assembled a research team with the necessary experience to successfully establish a molecular atlas of the mouse and human lung based on spatial imaging and cell-specific -omic technologies. Within organs such as the lung, the relationship between space, anatomy, and function is fundamental. Therefore, our approach will include imaging techniques with high spatial resolution, as well as cell-specific -omics. The future correlation of these complementary data collection methods will facilitate the establishment of cell-specific spatial informatics across the developing lung. Specifically, we will accomplish our goal of an integrated molecular atlas of lung development through the following aims:

      Aim 1: Spatial imaging for a molecular atlas of the developing mouse and human lung;

      Aim 2: Cell type- specific omics for a molecular atlas of the developing mouse and human lung;

      Aim 3: Manage data and metadata to facilitate collaboration and data integration. Overall, these aims will create the first spatial-temporal molecular atlas of the mammalian lung during alveologenesis, which in coordination with the other LungMAP centers will provide an unprecedented array of information about the healthy developing lungs in mouse and human. The novel imaging approaches and the suite of integrated pan-omics capabilities (i.e. proteomics, lipidomics, metabolomics and activity-based protein profiling) developed and available in a single laboratory at PNNL represents a unique strength of the Research Center.

      Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
      P.O. Box 999
      Richland , WA 99352
      UT Austin
      Texas Advanced Computing Center
      Advanced Computing Building (ACB)
      J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Building 205
      10100 Burnet Rd (R8700)
      Austin , TX 78758
    • University of Alabama at Birmingham / Yale University / University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill/ University of California, San Diego / Carnegie Mellon University

      Principal Investigators

      Namasivayam Ambalavanan, M.D.

      University of Alabama Birmingham

      Naftali Kaminski, M.D. 

      Yale School of Medicine

      James S. Hagood, M.D.

      University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

      Ziv Bar-Joseph 

      Carnegie Mellon University


      Research Description: Alveolar DevMap

      The overall objective of “Alveolar DevMAPUAB-UNC-UCSD-Yale-CMU Research Center is to generate a compendium of the dynamic and regional changes in epigenetic marks, microRNA, mRNA and proteins that happen during alveolar septation, and use this compendium to generate a dynamic temporal regulatory model of normal alveolar septation 

      Aim 1: To identify changes in coding and non-coding RNAs during alveolar septation;

      Aim 2: To determine changes in global DNA methylation during alveolar septation;

      Aim 3: To identify the shifts in transcription factor and proteomic profile during alveolar septation;

      Aim 4: To use, extend and validate our analytical tools to model dynamic signaling and regulatory networks activated in lung development that will be shared with other members of the consortium.

      In all aims we will use samples acquired from laser capture microdissection (LCM) of developing alveoli or fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS) of dispersed lung cells, collected at tight intervals to allow detailed analysis. Confirmation by quantitative immunohistochemistry and in-situ for transcripts will be included as well as some experimental validations. Samples from the Human Tissue Core (HTC) will be supplied Dr. Ambalavanan who will oversee LCM and FACS at UAB. Samples will be distributed to Dr. Kaminski (Yale) for miRNA and mRNA analysis, Dr. Hagood (UNC) for DNA methylation, and Dr. Mobley (UAB) for proteomics. Data integration and computational model development will be done by Dr. Bar-Joseph at CMU. The Alveolar DevMAP and computational models developed through these studies will identify regulatory "control points" in alveolar development. See entire DevMap Team below

      University of Alabama at Birmingham
      Department of Pediatrics
      Lowder Building
      1600 7th Ave South
      Birmingham , AL 35233-1771
      Yale University
      The Anlyan Center
      300 Cedar St, STE S441D
      New Haven , CT 06519
      University of North Carolina
      450 MacNider
      333 S Columbia St CB 7217
      Chapel Hill , NC 27599-7217
      Carnegie Mellon
      Carnegie Mellon University
      5000 Forbes Ave
      Pittsburgh , PA 15213
    • Human Tissue Core
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      LungMAP Human Tissue Core: Biorepository for Investigation of Neonatal Diseases of Lung-Normal (BRINDL-NL)

      University of Rochester Medical Center

      Principal Investigator: Gloria S. Pryhuber, M.D.

      Co-Investigators:                       In collaboration with:

      Tom Mariani, Ph.D.                  Gail Deutsch, M.D. (U of Washington, Seattle)

      Ravi Misra, Ph.D.                    Jeff Thomas (NDRI)

      Jeanne Holden-Wiltse, M.S.      Gina Dunne Smith (IIAM)   

      Philip Katzman, M.D.                

      Timothy Bushnell, Ph.D.


      The Human Tissue Core (HTC) will procure, process, deposit and distribute normal late fetal, neonatal and early childhood human lung tissue and dissociated cells for LungMAP research working with United Network for Organ Sharing and their network partners.

      LungMAP studies the biology of normal lung development, which makes tissue health a critical concern. We collect transplantation quality tissues through the International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine and the National Disease Research Interchange, organizations that link donors to the scientific community. A special effort, the Neonatal Organ Donation Program was established by IIAM to provide donations to LungMAP and other important research efforts. IIAM and NDRI receive referrals to families wishing to donate for research when transplantation is not an option.

      At the HTC, donated lungs are:

      • imaged by CT (computed tomography)
      • reconstructed in 3D
      • processed for histological analysis
      • dissociated to provide a range of enriched cell populations including subsets of epithelial, endothelial, mesenchymal, lymphatic, immune and stem cells. 

      A working group of highly qualified Pathologists works with the HTC to:

      • establish biorepository and assessment tools
      • review specimens to assure quality and normality of the tissues chosen for LungMAP

      We would like to thank


      Establishing a Neonatal and Pediatric Lung Donor Network


      •Live Born, either DBD or DCD (see next chart)
      •Ages: 20 weeks gestation  to 10 years old
      •Known time of death and minimal warm ischemia time (WIT, preferred < 6, max 12 hrs)
      •Most commonly - lethal brain or cardiac disease, or for the older child, trauma


      •Unknown ischemic time or WIT > 12 hours
      •Primary lung injury (smoke inhalation, pneumonia, drowning)
      •Prolonged Ventilation
      Human Tissue Core
      University of Rochester Medical Center
      School of Medicine and Dentistry
      601 Elmwood Ave, Box 850
      Rochester , NY 14642
    • Data Coordinating Center
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      Principal Investigators

      Scott M. Palmer, M.D. (Contact PI)
      Duke University

      Robert F. Clark, Ph.D.
      RTI International

      Research Description

      We have taken several innovative and cost-effective approaches to build the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) for the Molecular Atlas of Lung Development Program (LungMAP-DCC) that will greatly benefit the research community and promote a greater understanding of molecular lung development. We have created a multi-disciplinary team of investigators from Duke Clinical Research Institute, RTI International, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to lead and operationalize the LungMAP-DCC. We apply novel data management and bioinformatics approaches to create the Bioinformatics REsource ATlas for the Healthy lung (BREATH) database. The DCC performs data collection, integration, and analysis; develops and maintains the LungMAP database and website; and coordinates research activities of the Human Tissue Core (HTC) and the Research Centers (RCs). We complement these goals with the following Specific Aims that support the success of the consortium:

      Aim 1: Administrative Coordinating Infrastructure. The DCC serves as the administrative infrastructure that facilitates collaboration among our multidisciplinary team, RC, and the HTC by:

      1. providing expertise in molecular lung development, clinical design, statistics, and bioinformatics; and
      2. the creation of consortium-wide priorities and policies, communication plan, and resource catalog; and

      Aim 2: LungMAP Portal and BREATH (Bioinformatics REsource ATlas for the Healthy lung). The DCC is building the centralized data repository and public interface for LungMAP by creating and managing:

      1. BREATH;
      2. LungMAP Website;
      3. standard operating procedures for data management;
      4. existing lung development results;
      5. ontologies for lung development, structures, and cross species comparisons;
      6. experimental data from RCs and biologic sample data from the HTC; and
      7. novel tools to analyze the experimental data.

      We leverage the complementary strengths of multi-disciplinary research teams with clinical pulmonary expertise, basic understanding of lung molecular development, successful leadership of multicenter research networks, and in-depth computer programing, database development, and bioinformatics skills that will create a highly functional, integrated, publically accessible platform that will facilitate analysis of data generated by the RCs and HTC to advance our understanding of molecular lung development.


      DCC- Duke
      Duke University School of Medicine Office of the Dean
      DUMC 2927
      40 Duke Medicine Circle
      124 Davison Building
      Durham , NC 27710
      DCC- RTI
      3040 East Cornwallis Rd
      P.O. Box 12194
      Research Triangle Park , NC 27709-2194