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The Simmons Center

The University of Pittsburgh Dorothy P. and Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease @ UPMC was founded in 2001 thanks to the generosity of the Simmons family in honor of Dorothy Simmons who suffered from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). 

The Dorothy P. and Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease provides:

  • State-of-the-art care for people with interstitial lung disease (ILD) that is comprehensive and compassionate.

  • International leadership in research on lung inflammation and fibrosis, promoting the translation of scientific discoveries into new treatments for patients with these lung disorders.

  • A complete resource for the education of patients and their families regarding ILD and its impact on their lifestyle.

  • Patient-friendly advice and support for people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

 

Over the past 18 years, the Simmons Center has cared for more than 5500 patients with IPF and ILD from all over the United States. Because of the truly generous spirit of the Simmons Center, patients who have enrolled in research studies at the Simmons Center have contributed to seminal discoveries in IPF. Examples from the Center include the discovery of the MUCSB and TOLL/P genes that are genetic risk factors that contribute to the development of IPF.

 

The Simmons Center has also led the way in the development of biomarkers-simple objective tests to determine the prognosis of a disease or the response to therapy. They now care for patients with IPF with two newly approved therapies for IPF, pirfenidone and nintedanib, whose clinical trials included the enrollment of patients at the Center.

 

The Simmons Center will continue to build on their strengths and to begin new ventures that will:

  • Move therapies to formal clinical trials

  • Refine genetic testing for IPF

  • Innovate lung transplant for patients with IPF, and most notably familial pulmonary fibrosis

  • Bring palliative care in a systematic way to ease suffering and the intense symptom  burden on families and their caregivers

  • Train new Pulmonary  physicians and fellows who are interested in interstitial lung disease (ILD)

  • Build research programs in other ILDs including sarcoidosis,  the second most common diagnosis seen here at the Simmons Center

 

Richard P. Simmons' generous gift allowed UPMC to start the Dorothy P. and Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease. The center is dedicated to the hope that compassionate care, diligent training of medical professionals, and dedicated exploration of ILD could provide a longer, healthier life for people with IPF — and perhaps, some day, a cure. 

 

For more information about The Simmons Center, click here.

 

Videos:   https://youtu.be/WNv67YklNhk

 

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