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Molecular determinants of pulmonary failure in sepsis

Respiratory failure in sepsis is almost universal and leads to worse clinical outcomes, yet it is poorly understood. Recent epidemics of pulmonary failure from respiratory viruses (e.g. influenza, SARS, MERS, etc) makes understanding molecular determinants of respiratory failure and the associated inflammatory and physiologic responses, critical for improving the health of our nation and potentially mitigating future epidemics.

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Exploring and understanding the molecular determinants of pulmonary failure will impact not only the predictable complications of acute respiratory illnesses such as influenza, but also inform our understanidng and treatment of myriad other common respiratory illnesses resulting in pulmonary failure, such as pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, obesity hypoventilation, etc.

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Patients receiving critical care services in the United States are among the most close monitored, including continuous monitoring of cardiorespiratory physiology. This highly monitored population is a nature source for studying longitudinal changes in molecular patterns and respiratory physiology.

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