Moira Aitken



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Last updated:  January 13, 2011


Research Focus

Dr Moira L. Aitken’s research program involves the epidemiological and translational aspects of cystic fibrosis.  Recent epidemiological studies include the effect of cystic fibrosis genotype on phenotype and mortality in cystic fibrosis, and influenza associated cystic fibrosis pulmonary exacerbations. Translational work includes the development of induced sputum in cystic fibrosis to enable discovery of markers of inflammation and infection in the cystic fibrosis airways, and candidate gene association studies to determine the severity of CF pulmonary phenotype. She is the site principal investigator of a cystic fibrosis translational center performing both investigator initiated translational studies and clinical trials of novel agents designed specifically for CF genotypes. 

Relevant Publications

Accurso FJ, Clancy JP, Rowe SM, Boyle MP, Dunitz J, Durie PR, Sagel SD, Hornick DB, Konstan MW, Donaldson SH, Moss RB, Pilewski JM, Rubenstein R, Uluer AZ, Aitken ML, Freedman SD, Dong Q, Zha J, Stone AJ, Olson ER, Ordonez CL, Campbell PW, Ashlock MA,  BW Ramsey. VX-770, a Novel CFTR Potentiator, in Cystic Fibrosis Patients with the G551D Mutation. New Engl J Med 2010: 363: 1991-2003.

Ortiz, JR, KM Neuzil, JC Victor, A Wald, ML Aitken, CH Goss. Influenza-Associated Cystic Fibrosis Pulmonary Exacerbations. Chest 2010: 137: 852-860. PMC ID 2851556

Darrah R, E McKone , C O'Connor , C Rodgers , A Genatossio , S McNamara , R Gibson, S Elborn, C Gallagher, N Kalsheker, M Aitken, D Wiese, J Dunn, P Smith, R Pace, D Londono, K Goddard, M Knowles, M Drumm. EDNRA variants associate with smooth muscle mRNA levels, cell proliferation rates and cystic fibrosis pulmonary disease severity. 2010 Physiological Genomics: 41: 71-77. PMCID 2841492

Aitken ML, Flume PA, Geller D, Lapey A, Zuckerman J, Fox H, Charlton B. Six month administration of inhaled Mannitol in cystic fibrosis – A safety and efficacy study. NACFC 2010.  Pediatr Pulmon Suppl 23 A255

Staudinger BJ, Angermeyer A, Datar AJ, Goddard AF, Fligner CL, Aitken ML, and Singh PK Population diversity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cystic fibrosis airways. NACFC 2010. Pediatr Pulmon Suppl 23. A291

Wurfel MM, Goss CH, Strout J, Black RA, Holden T, Cotten PA, Aitken ML. Differential expression of innate immune response-regulating genes in whole blood of CF patients and healthy controls. NACFC 2010. Pediatr Pulmon Suppl 23 A177

Gharib SA, T Vaisar, ML Aitken, DR Park, JW Heinecke, X Fu.  Functional mapping of the lung proteome in cystic fibrosis. J Proteome Res. 2009 Jun;8(6):3020-8. PMC Accession # 19354268

McKone EF, J Shau, D Frangolias, C L. Keener, C A. Shephard, F M. Farin, P Pare, A Sandford, ML Aitken, T J. Kavanagh. Variants in the Glutamate-Cysteine-Ligase Gene are Associated with Cystic Fibrosis Lung Disease.  Am J Respir CCM 2006: 174: 415-419. PMC ID 2648118

McKone EF, Emerson SS, Edwards K, Aitken ML.   Effect of genotype on phenotype and mortality in cystic fibrosis: a retrospective cohort study. Lancet: 2003 361:1671-1676.

Ordonez CL, Gibson,RL, Emersen J, McNamara S, Accurso FJ, Burns JL, Zeitlin PL, Daines C, Retsch-Bogart G, Chmiel JF, Henig NR and Aitken ML.  Validation of sputum induction as an outcome measure for lower airway sampling in patients with cystic fibrosis.  Amer J Respir Crit Care Med 2003: 168: 1471-1475.  PMC 12969869


Active Funding

Funding Source

Project Title

Investigator Role

Funding Dates

  Cystic Fibrosis

Translational Therapeutics Development Center


 1/2009 - 12/2011

  Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis Center Grant


 7/2005 - renewed annually

  Cystic Fibrosis

TLR-mediated innate immune responses and pulmonary phenotype


 4/2008 - 3/2011

  Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis Lung Explants


 4/2009 - renewed annually


TDN studies

 Site PI



Current Mentees




 Benjamin Staudinger  MD  Population diversity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in
 cystic fibrosis airways
 Ajai Dandekar  MD PhD  Quorum sensing control in P. aeruginosa
 Laura M Cecere  MD MPH  Health behaviours among veterans with COPD
 Brad Quon  MD  Renal dysfunction in patients with cystic fibrosis


Past Mentees



Current title


 Chris Goss  MD BS  Associate Professor  University of Washington
 Teal Hallstrand  MD MPH  Associate Professor  University of Washington
 Ed McKone  MD MS  Consultant Respiratory
 St Vincent's,
 Dublin, Ireland
 Barry Plant  MD  Consultant Respiratory
 Cork, Ireland
 Jeremy Kahn  MD  Associate Professor  University of Pennsylvania



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