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Augusto A. Litonjua, M.D., M.P.H. is Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Physician at the Channing Division of Network Medicine and the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Litonjua earned his medical degree from the University of the Philippines in 1986, completed his internship and residency at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. He completed his fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at West Virginia University, and a research fellowship in Respiratory Epidemiology at the Channing. His interests are in the development of asthma and lung diseases, particularly the prenatal and early life events and genomic influences that predispose to disease. He is co-Principal Investigator of an ongoing, NIH-funded multi-center clinical trial of maternal supplementation of vitamin D in pregnancy to prevent asthma in the offspring. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and several book chapters. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and is Associate Editor of Asthma Research and Practice.
John McBride is a Pediatric Pulmonologist at Akron Children’s Hospital where he served of the Robert T. Stone Respiratory Center. He is Professor of Pediatrics at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Dr. McBride trained in Pediatrics at the University of Rochester (NY) and in Pediatric Pulmonology at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. For 19 years he was on the faculty of the University of Rochester and for 10 years directed the Pulmonary Division at Strong Memorial Hospital. He has been active in the national pediatric pulmonary community, serving at the Chair of the Pediatric Assembly of The American Thoracic Society for two years. He has been the editor of the Pulmonology Subboard of the American Board of Pediatrics for 25 years. Throughout his career, he has been directly responsible for the clinical care of children and young adults with a wide variety of respiratory problems including cystic fibrosis and asthma. He has also been involved in basic research on lung growth and clinical research on pediatric respiratory illnesses including asthma.