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’s 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.