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Lung Health Cohort Study: Making History

The pioneering study will follow 4,000 young, healthy adults to paint a clearer picture of lung health and the factors involved in predicting and preventing lung disease.

Little is currently known about the evolution of lung disease and how a young, healthy adult's lung function changes over time. Made possible by a grant from the National, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, this is the first-ever longitudinal lung health study following 4,000 healthy individuals between the ages of 25 and 35. It aims to unlock the mysteries of preventing lung disease to ultimately stop it in its tracks.

Hear from the principal investigator, Dr. Ravi Kalhan, about the study's vision and purpose.

"Our aim is to intercept chronic lung disease before it becomes clinically apparent and we think that millennials are the generation to focus in on." — Dr. Ravi Kalhan

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Dr. Ravi Kalhan, Northwestern Medicine Pulmonologist and Study Principal Investigator

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Participating Research Institutions

Many thanks to our supporting institutions from coast to coast. These sites are part of the American Lung Association's Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Network, the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical centers dedicated to asthma and COPD research, as well as additional collaborators at leading research institutions.

Baylor College of Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Columbia University
Cornell University
DukeHealth
Johns Hopkins University
Medical University of South Carolina
Mount Sinai Respiratory Institute
National Jewish Health
Nemours
New York Medical College
New York University
Northwestern Medicine
New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Rush University Medical Center
Ascension St. Vincent
Temple University
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Arizona Asthma & Airway Disease Research Center
University of California
University of California, San Francisco
University of Chicago
University of Colorado Anschutz
University of Florida
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Iowa
University of Kansas Medical Center
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
University of Vermont
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin Madison
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Wake Forest School of Medicine

I Want My Lungs to Help Future Lungs!

By joining the Lung Health Cohort Study, you can make a difference and contribute to an increased understanding of how lung disease develops. Thank you for helping the future of lung health.

The American Lung Association (ALA) Lung Health Cohort

This research has been approved by the Johns Hopkins Institutional Review Board

Protocol: IRB00236497

Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Sugar

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