What We Do - Institute for Respiratory Health
We fight lung disease

The Institute for Respiratory Health has been researching lung conditions for 20 years. Today it is at the heart of what we do. It’s what finds cures and treatments and changes people’s lives for the better.

We fundraise

Our research is also funded by the community, corporate organisations and foundations, so our life-saving work is only possible thanks to people like you. When you donate to the Institute, you help our researchers get closer to finding a cure for lung disease.

Clinical trials

Our Clinical Trials Unit is one of the largest respiratory trials units in Australia. We undertake clinical trials for respiratory conditions including asthma, COPD, alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, bronchiectasis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and cystic fibrosis.

Our people

Our staff are a multidisciplinary team, made up of clinicians, nurses, allied-health, senior scientists, research assistants, postdoctoral researchers, and PhD and Honours students.


View our publications including the Breath of Life Magazine, and annual report.


The latest news in lung disease, including research, diagnosis and the latest treatments.


We run a broad range of events from fundraising events, the Melbourne Cup Lunch, LIFE Group meetings and outings to research seminars and the Philip Thompson Oration.