Research Policy Statement

Policy Principle on Research

The American Lung Association strongly supports research to prevent lung disease, reduce the incidence and exacerbation of lung disease, discover cures for lung disease and improve the diagnosis and treatment of lung disease. This should include basic, clinical, biomedical, behavioral and environmental research. In addition, research should investigate measures to eliminate the disparity in lung disease morbidity and mortality prevalence for low socioeconomic and minority populations. Research should be conducted in a legal, ethical and humane manner.

Research Funding
The American Lung Association supports increased funding levels for federal biomedical, behavioral, epidemiological, environmental and intervention research and research training programs, including those conducted by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Animals in Medical Research
The American Lung Association recognizes the critical role animal research has played in promoting medical advances. The American Lung Association strongly supports full compliance with the existing rules and regulations that assure the humane and compassionate management of laboratory animals. We encourage all forms of biomedical research that have been carefully scrutinized and deemed worthy by qualified experts, and we oppose all efforts to exclude the use of animals whenever they are essential for the conduct of that research.

Stem Cell Research
The American Lung Association supports the concept that research should be conducted ethically and on the basis of scientific merit. The American Lung Association supports the NIH guidelines for human pluripotent stem cell research to ensure that this research is conducted in a legal and ethical manner.

Fetal Tissue Research
The American Lung Association supports the concept that research should be conducted ethically and on the basis of scientific merit. The American Lung Association believes the moratorium on federal funding of research involving fetal tissues should be lifted and fetal tissue research should be reinstated in accordance with NIH guidelines.