Chicago, IL — October 10, 2019 — 

A $1 million research grant was awarded to Illinois Institute of Technology to study the impact of home air quality on the health of veterans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant was announced Thursday. The research will be led by Brent Stephens, Illinois Tech’s civil, architectural, and environmental engineering department chair, along with Mohammad Heidarinejad, an assistant professor in architectural engineering at the university.

“We want to know how much indoor air quality matters for people with COPD,” Stephens said. “We are working with veterans, but the research results could help everyone with COPD and give doctors new tools for helping their patients. I’m an engineer, but this project has public health implications.”


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