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COPD Research

Sunday, August 18, 2019 | Research

Researching COPD on a cellular level

People living with COPD experience a progressive decline in lung function, even with current treatments and giving up smoking. They can also experience severe flare-ups, resulting in increased breathlessness and irreversible damage to their lungs. These flare-ups are often associated with lung infections due to viruses and bacteria suggesting a faulty immune system.

Dr Dino Tan’s Research into COPD

Dr Dino Tan, a scientist from the Institute‚Äôs Stem Cell Therapy Unit is currently looking at what causes flare-ups for COPD patients and how to restore a protective immune response.

Results from his studies may assist in not only developing ways of reducing these damaging flare-ups in susceptible COPD patients but, importantly, also prevent further lung damage and improve overall quality of life.

Video: Listen to Dr Tan as he talks about his research into COPD