We offer educational programs for physicians (Asthma Grand Rounds); for nurses, respiratory therapists, and pharmacists (Asthma Educators Institute’s Becoming an Asthma Educator course and others); and for practical nurses, medical assistants, and personal care attendants (Learn and Teach the Asthma Basics).
The introductory, Becoming an Asthma Educator course, appropriate for those preparing to take the National Asthma Educator’s Certification Board examination, is available online at www.asthmalearning.org.
The Asthma Educators Institute at Mass General Brigham Asthma Center: One-day, in-depth symposia presenting the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective Asthma Educator and to prepare for the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) examination.
Appropriate for Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants, Respiratory Therapists, Pharmacists, Asthma Case Managers, Medical Assistants, and Community Health Workers
Presented by Mass General Brigham Asthma Center, a collaboration among asthma specialists at:
Contact us for the upcoming dates and locations.
Our introductory program, Becoming an Asthma Educator: Learning to Teach Patients and Families About Asthma, was first offered in 2003 to high acclaim. The format combines lectures, question-and-answer sessions, case discussions, and hands-on demonstrations to maximize understanding about effective asthma education for young children, school children, and adults. We review in detail the recommendations of the Expert Panel 3 (2007) of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program regarding staging of disease, assessment of control, and treatment.
On completion of this program, we anticipate that participants will be well prepared to take and pass the Certification Examination offered by the National Asthma Educator Certification Board.
For those who have already completed the Becoming an Asthma Educator course or seek additional learning about asthma, we offer our “Advanced Program.”
Our Becoming an Asthma Educator course is available on-line as an additional resource. This is a series of nine video modules with related, exam- type questions and answers and is available at www.asthmalearning.org.
This activity has been submitted to ANA Massachusetts for approval to award contact hours. ANA Massachusetts is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. For more information regarding contact hours, please call Jackie at (617) 732-7464.
Continuing Education (CRCE) hours (approximately 6 hours) for registered respiratory therapists have been approved by the American Association of Respiratory Care.
Continuing education credit hours (6 hours; 0.6 CEUs) for pharmacists have been approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy.
Presented by Mass General Brigham via webcast
Click on the links below to watch video-streamed lectures:
January 5, 2024
Melody Duvall, MD, PhD
Type-2-Low Asthma: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Discover?
November 3, 2023
Kari Nadeau, M.D., PhD
The Impact of Climate Change on Asthma and Allergies
September 8, 2023
Tregony Simoneau, MD
Assessing the Effect of Telemedicine and Home Monitoring on Asthma Outcomes
June 2, 2023
Adam Haber, PhD
Understanding Asthma Through Single-Cell Analysis of Airway Mucosa
March 3, 2023
Kathleen Lee-Sawar, MD, Wanda Phipatanakul, MD, MS, and Scott Weiss, MD, MS
Can Asthma Be Prevented?
January 6, 2023
Will Feldman, MD, DPhil
Inhalers, Patents, the FDA, and Asthma
Click on the links below to watch video-streamed lectures:
November 4, 2022
Jeffrey Fredberg, PhD, and Jin-Ah Park, PhD
Epithelial Cell Unjamming in Asthma
September 9, 2022
Elliott Israel, MD
Patient-Activated, Reliever-Triggered Inhaled Corticosteroids in Asthma
June 3, 2022
Dinah Foer, MD and David Sloane, MD, Ed.M.
Pro-Con: “Symptom-Guided ICS/LABA Use Should Replace Albuterol for Intermittent Asthma” (link coming soon)
March 4, 2022
Diane Gold, MD, MPH and Mary Rice, MD, MPH
Air Pollution and Asthma
January 07, 2022
Nora Barrett, MD, Jonathan Gaffin, MD, M.M.Sc., and Elliot Israel, MD
Biologics in Asthma: Outcomes, Limitations, and Prospects for the Future
November 5, 2021
Rod Rahimi, MD, PhD
Defining Tissue-Resident Immune Memory in Asthma
September 10, 2021
Margee Louisias, MD, MPH, Lakiea Wrigh-Bello, MD, MPH, Raolat Abdulai, MD, MMSc
Racial Justice, Health Equity, and Asthma
June 5, 2021
Sunita Sharma, MD
Intrauterine Exposures and the Origins of Asthma
March 5, 2021
Michelle Cloutier, MD
New Asthma Guidelines from the NAEPP (login-required)
January 08, 2021
Kenan Haver, MD, Benjamin Nelson, MD, and Wanda Phipatanakul, MD, MPH
Managing Severe Asthma in Children
November 13, 2020
Nora Barrett, MD
Epithelial Cell Reprogramming in Type 2 Airway Inflammation
September 18, 2020
Elliot Israel, MD and Majid Shafiq, MD, MPH
Bronchial Thermoplasty for Asthma: A Balanced View
June 5, 2020
Nancy Lange-Vaidya, MD; Christopher H. Fanta, MD
There is No Longer a Role for Inhaled Steroids Alone in the Treatment of Asthma
March 5, 2020
Nora Barrett, MD, Elliot Israel, MD, and Aidan Long, MD
Management of Severe Asthma: A Case-Based Discussion
January 10, 2020
T. Bernard Kinane, MD
Exercise and Asthma
November 8, 2019
Stephanie Shore, MD
Insights from Animal Models of Obesity and Asthma
September 06, 2019
Scott Weiss, MD, M.S.
A Multi-omics Approach to Lung Development and the Origins of Asthma
June 07, 2019
Neil Bhattacharyya, MD and Daniel Hamilos, MD
Current Concepts Relating to Chronic Rhinosinusitis and Asthma and Medical and Surgical Management of Rhinosinusitis and Nasal Polyposis
March 22, 2019
Adnan Majid, MD
Tracheobronchomalacia in the Adult
Brigham and Women's Hospital
(Bornstein Family Amphitheater)
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115
Friday, 12:00–1:00 pm
Asthma Grand Rounds Lecture
Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for physicians. Harvard Medical School designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 PRA category 1 creditTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Asthma Grand Rounds are made available via live webcasting at your computer terminal or tablet here.
Jeffrey M. Drazen
Christopher Brightling, MD
Director of the Institute for Lung Health and Clinical Professor in Respiratory Medicine, Department of Respiratory Sciences at the University of Leicester, England
Severe Asthma: Beyond T2 Inflammation - What's Next
October 1, 2021, 12:00 pm, Virtual Zoom
The Asthma Center is a collaboration among asthma specialists at the Mass General Brigham hospitals in the greater Boston area, including the Harvard Medical School-affiliated teaching hospitals, Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals and Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Salem Hospital.
As part of our mission to teach other healthcare professionals the specialized skills of asthma care, in 2004 we established the Asthma Educators Institute and began offering live, one-day seminars – both introductory and advanced – to nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and others interested in learning more about asthma and related diseases.
The core introductory course that we developed is called “Becoming an Asthma Educator: Learn to Teach Patients and Families About Asthma.” It is also appropriate as a preparatory course for those interested in taking (and passing!) the National Asthma Educators Certification Board examination. We are pleased to make this course available on-line as part of our distance learning initiative. We plan to offer additional asthma-related courses in the months and years ahead.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like more information.
You may subscribe to podcasts of Mass General Brigham’s Asthma Center Grand Rounds presentations on Apple Podcasts.
Archived presentations which may be available upon request include:
The Mission Statement of the Mass General Brigham Asthma Center articulates a commitment "to develop new knowledge about asthma and its management through relevant medical research." In this spirit, members of the Mass General Brigham Asthma Center continue to build on a rich tradition of contribution to the body of medical knowledge about the mechanisms and treatment of asthma and related diseases. We are pleased to number among the members of our faculty many acknowledged world leaders engaged in this pursuit. We encourage you to peruse the wide variety of material that they have produced in recent years.
The Asthma Research Center at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in conjunction with Harvard Medical School and the Mass General Brigham Asthma Center is dedicated to conducting research that advances the treatment and understanding of asthma.
Our research investigations in asthma are varied. Our goals at the Asthma Research Center include determining how to best use currently available drugs, examining the potential effectiveness of new drugs and therapies, and trying to increase the understanding of the mechanisms of asthma in the hope of developing new therapies.