COPD research helps us understand how the disease is caused, how it develops and how it is best treated. Research can provide a better and longer future for those diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The American Lung Association is committed to funding COPD research. Our Awards and Grants Program seeks out top-notch researchers at important career crossroads to gain long-term commitment to lung health and disease research. Without the life-long dedication of lung researchers, important and much needed discoveries would be impossible. In addition, the Lung Association funds the Airways Clinical Research Centers Network, which implements patient-centered clinical trials.
Some of the current topics American Lung Association funded researchers are investigating include ways to reduce mucus production in COPD, how genes influence the development of cigarette smoke-induced COPD and how to increase adherence to supplemental oxygen therapy in people with COPD.
Thanks to the medical breakthroughs led by Lung Association researchers and their colleagues, our researchers have made significant contributions to the field of COPD. Below are some of our current COPD researchers and their studies. Learn more at Research Awards Nationwide.
COPD Research Studies
See some of the current research projects we are funding:
- Cristine Berry, MDDoes Early-Life Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Increase COPD Risk?
- Hitendra Chand, PhDReducing Mucus Production in Asthma and COPD
- Suzanne Cloonan, PhDHow Genes Influence Development of Cigarette Smoke-Induced COPD
- Fabienne Gally, PhDProtein Could Boost Immune System Against Cigarette Smoke
- Monica Goldklang, MDHow Does Cigarette Smoke Lead to Lung Damage in Emphysema?
- Kristen Holm, PhDIncreasing Adherence to Supplemental Oxygen Therapy in People with COPD
- Harry Karmouty-Quintana, PhDInvestigating Role of Excessively Multiplying Cells in Pulmonary Hypertension
- Beata Kosmider, PhDHow Does Smoke Impair A Protein That Protects Against Lung Injury?
- Margherita Paschini, PhDLung Stem Cells that Repair Air Sacs Could Lead to New Emphysema Treatment
- Alexa Pragman, MD, PhDCan Bacteria from the Mouth be Used to Study COPD?
- Valerie Press, MD, MPHVideo-Based Education Program for Inhaler Use
- Sammeta Raju, PhDNew Therapeutic Strategies to Treat Mucus Obstruction in COPD Airways
- Bradley Winston Richmond, MDInfections Could Play Role in Smokers’ Development of COPD
- Anup Srivastava, PhDStudying Inflammation in Cigarette Smoke-Induced COPD
- Isaac Kirubakaran Sundar, PhDIdentifying How Cigarette Smoke Causes Lung Cells to Age Prematurely
- Bartosz Szczesny, PhDDamage to Mitochondrial DNA May Trigger Inflammation in Airway Cells
- Hongwei Yao, PhD, MDLink Between Cigarette Smoke and Lung Premature Aging
Airways Clinical Research Centers
The American Lung Association Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Network is the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treatment research, attracting some of the best investigators nationwide. The ACRC Network conducts large clinical trials that will directly impact patient care for COPD and asthma. See where our centers are located and learn more about some of the important research findings from the ACRC.