Anne Dixon, M.A., B.M.B.Ch.
(MAY 17, 2023) NBC5 featured pulmonologist Anne Dixon, M.A., B.M.B.Ch., Larner professor of medicine and chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee with the American Lung Association, in a story about recruiting millennials for a long-term nationwide Lung Health Cohort Study. The pioneering study — the first of its kind — will follow 4,000 young, healthy adults to paint a clearer picture of lung health and the factors involved in predicting and preventing lung disease.
“We’re studying lung health in people without lung disease so that we can identify the genetic and environmental factors that predispose the people to develop lung disease,” Dixon said. The goal is to track lung health across 4,000 people nationwide, ages 25–35, who do not already have lung or heart disease. UVM — one of 35 sites across the country conducting this research — currently has over 60 participants but is seeking to recruit more than 200.
The recruitment effort has been covered by numerous media outlets across the country, including WCAX-TV (Burlington, Vt.), WVNY-TV (Colchester, Vt.), WDTV-TV (Bridgeport, W.Va.), WCTV-TV (Tallahassee, Fla.), WFLX-TV (West Palm Beach, Fla.), KSIX-TV (Honolulu, Hawaii), KOLN/KGIN-TV (Lincoln, Neb.), and WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, Ohio).