AAAAI Foundation
Funding research that leads to the prevention and cure of asthma and allergic and immunologic disease
Ways to Support

Ways to Support

Donald Y.M. Leung, MD, PhD-JACI Editors Lectureship and Faculty Development Award


Donald Y.M. Leung, MD, PhD, FAAAAI  served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI) from 1998-2015. Under his leadership, the impact factor of our journal rose  from 3.7 to 12.485, reflecting a marked improvement in publications of research dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases. JACI is the most highly cited journal in the field of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology and is the most visible official publication of The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).

As one of his initiatives to support and enhance research in our specialty and to maintain JACI’s high impact factor, Dr. Leung has established the AAAAI Foundation and Donald Y.M. Leung, MD, PhD-JACI Editors Lecture: Investing Together in Our Future, and he continues to raise money to support the mission of the Foundation.  In 2016, to acknowledge his significant contributions to the field, the AAAAI Foundation named a Faculty Development Award in his honor. It is known as the AAAAI Foundation & Dr. Donald Y.M. Leung/JACI Editors Faculty Development Award.

Both the Lectureship and the Award serve to advance the knowledge and/or treatment of allergy, asthma and immunology by providing a source of funding for future research. The vision is to support quality, cutting edge translational and basic research suitable for publication in JACI and further advance patient care and the credibility of allergy/immunology. Dr. Leung encourages all individuals interested in securing the future of scientifically based patient care to consider donating to this Lectureship. Please join the individuals who have already committed funds to make this vision a reality. We encourage you to celebrate the contributions of Dr. Leung, the other JACI Editors and editorial staff and the success of JACI with a generous donation to the Donald Y.M. Leung- JACI Named Award and Lectureship Fund. Together we can do more.


Year Lecturer Lecture Topic
2013 Alkis Togias, MD FAAAAI Award Presentation at Plenary Session: Neurogenic Pathways of Inflammation
2014 Nives Zimmermann, MD FAAAAI Award Presentation at Symposium Session: Wanted: Eosinophils, Dead or Alive? Eosinophil Cell Death Subroutines and Implications for Eosinophil-Targeted Therapy
2015  Serpil C. Erzurum, MD Award Presentation at Plenary Session: Severe Asthma: From Bench to Guidelines
2016 Wayne G. Shreffler, MD PhD FAAAAI

Award presentation at Symposium Session: State-of-the-Art: Update from the AADCRC Food Allergy Research Centers

2017 Anthony Fauci, MD FAAAAI Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases: The Perpetual Challenge
2018 Jill A. Poole, MD FAAAAI Environmental Influences on Innate Immunity-Insights and Mechanisms
2019 Lisa A. Beck, MD FAAAAI Atopic Dermatitis: Bench to Bedside and Back


The AAAAI Foundation & Dr. Donald Y. M. Leung/JACI Editors Faculty Development Award

Award Term Recipient Institution Project
July 2016 - June 2019 Andrew Lindsley, MD, PhD Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center ORMDL3 Enhances Macrophage Function in Asthma Pathogenesis
July 2019-
June 2022
Caroline L. Sokol, MD, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital Allergy Associates Innate Immune Control of Th2 Differentiation

If you wish to honor Dr. Leung, please consider a gift to the AAAAI Foundation and Donald Y. M. Leung, MD, PhD-JACI Editors Named Award and Lectureship Fund. A donation in any amount can be dedicated to this effort. Dr. Leung will be notified of your gift, and your name will be listed as a donor to this fund in the Annual Report of the AAAAI Foundation. Your donation makes a difference. We appreciate your support and your commitment to our specialty.

To make a contribution by phone call the AAAAI Foundation Office at (414) 272-6071

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