Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - Institute for Respiratory Health

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is a group of long-term conditions that are related to the obstruction of airflow in the lungs. It affects one in 20 Australians over the age of 45 and is the fifth most common cause of death in Australia.

COPD affects thousands of lives. Our hope is to find new treatments to allow patients to manage their condition and to live longer and have a better quality of life.

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

Our research is looking at ways to reduce flare-ups caused by COPD so we help prevent further lung damage and improve overall quality of life.

Dr Dino Tan

What we are doing now and where our research is taking us

COPD research helps us understand how the disease is caused, how it develops and how it can be best treated.

Our Clinical Trials Unit undertakes COPD studies to explore new ways to prevent the disease and improve the quality of everyday life for those diagnosed with COPD.

Scientists within the Stem Cell Therapy Unit are also investigating COPD on a cellular level. They are looking into what causes flare-ups for COPD patients and how to restore a protective immune response.

Want to support our research?

Help us continue our vital research by making a donation towards COPD research.