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Research News and Videos

The research resource library includes news, blogs and videos about the American Lung Association research efforts, including its Research Team and Airways Clinical Research Centers.



  • senior woman walking outside, clutching her chest When Asthma and COPD Overlap
    October 31, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    When a person with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is experiencing shortness of breath or another symptom, they may not think they are suffering from more than one chronic lung disease. However, according to the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, 15 to 55 percent of patients with variation by gender and age may have asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS), a disease that includes components of both asthma and COPD.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Research,
  • Brown puppy and white and brown kitten lounging on couch. Does Exposure to Pest and Pet Allergens Reduce Child's Asthma Risk
    May 14, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    A recent study that said young children exposed to pet or pest allergens were at a lower risk of developing asthma. But, it might not be that that simple.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Research,
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis patient Jim Hartmann Why We Need Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Now More Than Ever
    March 29, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Hiking was the first activity that became hard for Jim Hartmann, who had led an active lifestyle traveling, hiking and canoeing. Next, it was climbing stairs at work. He continued struggling for years, thinking his breathlessness was a sign of aging. Four years ago, Jim noticed that even light activities, such as gardening, were leaving him exhausted.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Research,
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  • ACRC Network: Airways Clinical Research Centers [video]
    The American Lung Association Airways Clinical Research Centers is the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) research, attracting some of the best clinical investigators nationwide.
  • Advancements in Lung Cancer Research [video]
    Dr. Jeffrey Engelman, a member of the American Lung Association Research Team and a recipient of a 2011 Lung Cancer Discovery Award, discusses the advancements within the lung cancer research field.
  • Airways Clinical Research Centers: Success Story [Video]
    In 2015, U.S. News & World Report included membership in the American Lung Association’s Airways Clinical Research Centers as criteria for their annual review of the best children’s hospitals in the nation. Learn how Dr. Marianna Sockrider at Texas Children’s Hospital made that happen.
  • Alexis's Story: Asthma [Video]
    Being part of an American Lung Association’s Airways Clinical Research Center study allowed Alexis to better understand her asthma and avoid scary trips to the emergency room.
  • American Lung Association: Lung Research [video]
    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. Learn more at
  • Clinical Trials for Asthma and COPD [video]
    Clinical trials are research studies that try to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose or treat a disease. These critical studies answer specific questions about new interventions—which can be new vaccines, drugs and devices—and measure their effectiveness and safety for patients.
  • Clinical Trials: A Patient's Perspective [Video]
    Clinical trials are regulated research studies that try to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose or treat a disease. But it can be a little scary when you are asked to be part of one! Learn more about all that you can gain from being part of a clinical trial from these patients.
  • Dr. Sockrider's Story: Airways Clinical Research Centers [Video]
    Texas Children’s Hospital has been part of the American Lung Association’s Airways Clinical Research Centers – the nation’s largest clinical trial network dedicated to COPD and asthma research – since it launched in 1999. Learn more about this expansive and impressive network at
  • Drug-Resistant Lung Cancer Research [video]
    Dr. Johnathan Whetstine and Dr. Sweta Mishra discuss their work with drug-resistant lung cancer research.
  • Mike's Story: COPD [Video]
    Being part of an American Lung Association Airways Clinical Research Center trial gave Mike hope after his diagnosis with COPD. Learn how you can take an active role in your health at
  • Research Collaboration Between Patient and Physician [Video]
    After participating in a COPD clinical trial, Mike became a member of the American Lung Association’s Patient Advisory Group to help researchers like Dr. Sumino develop patient-focused studies.
  • Research: Over 100 Years of Progress [video]
    For over a century, the American Lung Association has advanced medical and scientific research to move us closer to a world free of lung disease. This video explains how basic, translational and clinical research are all pieces of the puzzle working together to save lives.

    Page Last Updated: June 6, 2019

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