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Research

Research is crucial to a future where lung disease no longer threatens the health of our families and friends. To help Americans live longer, healthier lives, we must find better methods of detection, treatment and cures for all lung diseases. For 100 years, The American Lung Association has supported research to achieve this goal and we continue to fund, develop, promote and advocate for programs that will result in life-changing advances for people impacted by lung disease.

About Our Research

Because of the tireless efforts of our researchers and their colleagues, we get closer every day to unlocking the mysteries of lung disease and discovering the key to saving thousands of lives. See some of the medical breakthroughs we’ve pioneered over the years and current highlights from our research program.

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Awards and Grant Funding

Our Awards and Grants program funds the best and brightest scientific minds aimed at creating a world free from lung disease. Learn more about the research we support—including our annual Research Awards Nationwide—and see how to apply for a grant.

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Monitoring Trends in Lung Disease, Data and Statistics

View our Epidemiology and Statistics reports on topics such as lung disease mortality, prevalence, hospitalization, economic costs and risk factors. This work helps us to understand how many people have a disease or disorder, if those numbers are changing, and how the disorder affects our society and our economy.

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Airways Clinical Research Centers

The American Lung Association Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Network is the nation’s largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to improving patient care research for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Learn more about ACRC centers, researchers, clinical trials and major research findings.

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Disparities in Lung Health

Read our series of reports researching health disparities in specific communities. We take an in-depth look at particular problems—such as the rise of COPD in women or the burden of asthma on Hispanics— and how to address the needs of populations that are disproportionately affected by lung disease.

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Find a Clinical Trial

Clinical trials are regulated research studies that try to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose or treat a disease. Learn more about clinical trials and find programs in your area by searching our list.

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