James E. Gern MD is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. Dr. Gern graduated with a BS in Chemistry from the University of Florida in 1978, and an MD degree from the University of South Florida in 1981. He completed pediatrics training at the State University of New York in Syracuse and at Tufts University in Boston. After serving in the US Navy for three years, he completed an Allergy/Immunology Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in 1992, and then joined the faculty at the UW-Madison. He is currently the Chief of the Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology Division, and the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Gern is the PI for the Asthma and Allergic Disease Cooperative Research Center at UW-Madison, and leads birth cohort studies in Wisconsin farm country and in four US urban neighborhoods. He is also the PI of the Children’s Respiratory Research and the Environment Workgroup (CREW), a consortium of 12 asthma birth cohorts funded by the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program and focused on identifying environmental exposures that promote childhood asthma.