- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The University of Arizona is getting an $11.4 million grant to investigate the genetic basis for two lung-related disorders in the critically ill.

The university says health sciences researchers will use the funding provided by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health to research acute respiratory distress syndrome and ventilator-induced lung injury.

The project is led by Dr. Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, the university’s vice president for health sciences.

According to the university, patients with significant trauma, gastric acid aspiration and severe pneumonia or a blood infection are commonly at risk for acute respiratory distress syndrome.

However, it is not clear why some patients at risk develop acute respiratory distress syndrome and ventilator-induced lung injury while others don’t.

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