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.

If you're a patient interested in participating in COPD research, visit our ACRC page.

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.

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.

The American Lung Association Airways Clinical Research Centers conduct large clinical trials to provide vital information about caring for people who have asthma and COPD. Since its inception in 1999, the ACRC has made many important contributions to the lives with people with asthma. In 2015 this work expanded to include COPD, impacting positively on the lives of millions of Americans each and every day. Our work is changing the nature of asthma and COPD patient care across the United States.

Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel.

Page last updated: November 17, 2022

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