Network of Excellence
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Research Development Program (RDP) is a network of research centers that brings together top-notch scientists from different disciplines to apply their expertise to the challenges of treating cystic fibrosis.
Since the first RDP center was established in 1982 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the network has evolved into 9 basic science research “hubs” around the country. These programs have been instrumental in advancing our understanding of the folding defect of the F508del-CFTR protein, the airway microbiome, and the mucus defect in CF airways.
In addition to fostering a collaborative research environment to advance research into the disease, RDP centers also serve as supply centers that develop and share standardized tools and resources with researchers around the world.
RDP scientists have the opportunity to communicate directly with medical teams at nearby CF Foundation-accredited care centers, gaining firsthand insights into how their work at the “bench” might lead to therapies that will make a significant difference in the lives of people battling this disease.
University of Alabama at Birmingham
706 MCLM 1918 University Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35294-0005
University of Iowa
Pappajohn Biomedical Institute, Iowa City, IA 52242
Dartmouth University Medical School
615 Remsen Building, Hanover, NH, 03755-3836
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
7008 Marsico Hall, CB# 7248, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill NC 27599
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Ave., 8th Floor, Cleveland, OH 44106-4948
Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH 45229
Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University
Director: Karen McCoy, MD, Chief of the Section of Pulmonary Medicine
700 Children's Drive, Columbus OH 43205
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
123 University Place, Pittsburgh PA 15213
University of Washington School of Medicine
Health Sciences Building, J187A, Box 357735, 1959 Pacific St., NE, Seattle, WA 98195-7242