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Translational Pulmonary
& Immunology Research Center
what we do

At TPIRC, we pioneer research for rare diseases like cystic fibrosis, food anaphylaxis, and bronchiectasis. Our unique approach bridges the gap between scientific discovery and real-world solutions. We utilize cutting-edge research, personalized treatment plans through precision medicine, food science advancements, and artificial intelligence to unlock new possibilities. Our goal is to brighten the future of rare disease treatment, push the boundaries of research and advocacy, and give patients hope for a better life. Our research has already helped thousands achieve food freedom through innovative programs like the Tolerance Induction Program.

TPIRC Pipeline

Our pipeline echoes our mission and vision – to advance treatment discovery at a pace that helps our patients today while building a scalable model of success to accelerate the rate of research discovery for rare and orphan diseases.

Constant Progress

TPIRC is consistently developing advanced technology, proprietary artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, and efficient clinical environments to create significant impact in its 5 areas of focus.

Food Allergy Institute

Fueled by TPIRC’s groundbreaking research, the Tolerance Induction Program™ (TIP) at the Food Allergy Institute is revolutionizing food allergy treatment. With its high success rate and thousands achieving remission (meaning they can consume food without allergic reactions), this safe and innovative approach has transformed the lives of its patients. Following the principles of individualized treatment plans, AI-powered guidance, and clinical guidance, TIP is quickly revolutionizing how we approach healthcare. In the spirit of progression, we are:

  • Expanding its network of satellite clinics to bring this therapy to more people.
  • Using food science to create stable and safe remission and dosing bars, aiming to simplify the dosing process for parents and children.
  • Developing a patient-centric app.


The TIP Program has proved to be a beacon of hope for those seeking food freedom.

Cystic Fibrosis

TPIRC researchers are developing tools to predict lung function decline and disease progression in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients. This is crucial because such a decline can lead to serious complications like lung transplants. Current methods for assessing CF severity are complex and don’t predict this decline. TPIRC’s study analyzes data from patients to identify factors linked to a significant drop in lung function. Based on analysis, we’ve developed a scoring system called the CF RD-Pro score, which considers factors like body mass index and Staphylococcus aureus infection, both potentially modifiable to slow down disease progression. Identifying high-risk patients using this score allows for earlier intervention and potentially better outcomes. The simplicity of the CF RD-Pro score also makes it practical for use in clinical settings.

Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

Each year, thousands of premature babies face a lung condition called Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) that makes breathing difficult. This is often due to a lack of a special substance called surfactant in their tiny air sacs. Currently, doctors use a machine with added surfactant to help these babies breathe, but long-term effects of this treatment are still being studied. Our research is looking for new ways to help by studying lung function in mice and exploring the genes involved in lung development. By understanding these areas, we hope to discover better and longer-lasting treatments for babies with BPD. We currently have 2 projects involving BPD. One measures lung function by comparing mice in an oxygen-rich environment with applied treatment to the non-manipulated control environment. The next creates a gene knockout model to understand alveoli secondary septa formation (invagination) event and the genes that control the process. We hope to impact the world of bronchiectasis by allowing the scientific community to:

  • Identify the impact of CPAP on child development.
  • Understand the mechanisms of BPD and the impact of CPAP.
  • Understand chronic diseases associated with BPD.

Food Science

Each patient receives a tailored treatment plan where they are prescribed personalized regimens based on their specific immune snapshot profile (e.g., three spoons of peanut butter weekly, etc.). We are using food science to create bars, bites, tarts, and gummies that contain major food allergens for easy and safe dosing. These bars impact those in the program and those in remission. This process includes scientific research to stabilize the proteins from allergens and ensure safe consumption. In turn, this creation will increase program retention, convenience, and compliance with treatment regimens.


At TPIRC, we believe that groundbreaking treatments shouldn’t be out of reach for anyone. That’s why we’re dedicated to ensuring equitable access to healthcare, regardless of financial limitations or geographical location. We’ve established three grant programs – the Military Grant, Diversity Grant, and Patient Care Fund – to bridge the gap and promote health equity.

Our commitment extends beyond financial barriers. We understand that rare diseases like those we focus on often receive little attention. That’s why we actively partner with our patients to champion their cause in legal, medical, and social arenas. We believe in empowering our patients and giving them a voice to advocate for themselves and others facing similar challenges.