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Lung Research

The Challenges

THE WIND IS BEING KNOCKED OUT OF US.  One in five Canadians has lung disease. Lung Cancer claims more lives than breast, ovarian and prostate combined. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is the number one reason for hospitalization in Canada. And at least 13% of our children live with asthma. Those figures are disturbing enough, never mind the terrible toll chronic lung disease also imposes on families, businesses, and the economy (about $12 billion at last count). Something needs to change. We urgently need to better understand these devastating diseases, improve detection, discover new treatments, encourage protection and, most importantly, save lives. 

Support for Research

BRINGING DISEASE TO ITS KNEES.  Are there “good bacteria” in mother’s breast milk that could prevent asthma? Why is a certain ethnic group susceptible to a certain disease? Could a molecule be the missing link?

The Kayla Baker Research Award

One of our newest research awards is the Kayla Baker Research Award established to honour the vision of a young lung transplant patient. Kayla was diagnosed with the rare lung disease called pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 11. She underwent lung transplant surgery in April 2013 but passed away eight months later.

National Respiratory Research Strategy

To strengthen lung research in Canada and make a real difference in the lives of those affected by lung disease, the Canadian Lung Association has developed the National Respiratory Research Strategy.

Canadian Respiratory Research Network

Collaborating with researchers across Canada, addressing the health burden of lung disease

Launched in February 2014, The Canadian Respiratory Research Network is a national research network that brings together researchers from across Canada to work together to improve understanding and treatment of asthma and COPD, which together affect almost 15% of Canadians. 

Overall, chronic lung disease accounts for more than six per cent of annual health-care costs in Canada, and COPD is the leading cause of hospitalization. A large number of Canadians with COPD and asthma also remain undiagnosed. As the network matures, other lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis and neonatal lung disease will be studied.

The Canadian Respiratory Research Network will bring researchers across disciplines together to improve our understanding of the origins and progression of chronic lung diseases in Canada.

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