Alcohol abuse is a significant contributor to the development of acute respiratory distress syndrome, which kills 114,000 Americans annually. People with a high dependence on alcohol are at risk of developing serious problems concerning respiratory inflammation; however, a naturopathic supplement that can help mitigate their risk actors is under development. Looking to evaluate curcumin's pulmonary effectiveness against the harmful effects of alcohol abuse, University of Arizona College of Nursing Assistant Professor Charles Downs, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAAN, has received a five-year $1.6M RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Down's multi-disciplinary team includes SWEHSC members Joe G.N. "Skip" Garcia, MD; as well as Dean Billheimer, PhD; among others.