Dr. Alan H. Morris, whose research has improved the chances of respiratory patients, saving some lives, has won a prestigious national award for advancements in pulmonary research.

Morris, director of research in the pulmonary division of LDS Hospital and a University of Utah professor of medicine, is recipient of the American Respiratory Care Foundation's Forrest M. Bird Achievement Award for outstanding scientific contributions in respiratory care.The award is named for Forrest M. Bird, "one of the most creative visionaries the profession has ever known," said a statement from the foundation. "It is only fitting that the winner of this award exemplify those qualities, and this year's honoree, Dr. Morris, certainly does."

Dr. C. Gregory Elliott, chairman of the hospital's division of pulmonary medicine, said Morris' many accomplishments and standing in the scientific community make him an outstanding recipient of the award.

Morris, also an adjunct professor of medical informatics at the U., was cited for his work on Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, a condition in which the lungs fail to provide enough oxygen to the body. His research led to new protocols at LDS Hospital that helped increase survival rates of patients with severe ARDS, from about 10 percent to 43 percent.

"Using the protocols, physicians at LDS Hospital have also observed an increase in survival rates in patients with less severe ARDS," said LDS Hospital spokesman Jess Gomez.