Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease characterised by partial obstruction in the airway tubes which results in breathing difficulties. It is a progressive, disabling and potentially fatal disease. Unlike asthma, COPD is not reversible with medications and it is most commonly found in people who have smoked cigarettes or been exposed to airborne irritants. It is estimated up to one in six people over the age of 45 are living with COPD and it is now the fourth largest killer of Australians.
This disease is being researched in the following projects:
- Pathways Home for Lung Health (PHLH) - A Comprehensive Self-Management Programme for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in the Community
- PPARy as a therapeutic target in cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Bushfires, Smoke, and People: assessing the risks and benefits from planned burning on the urban-rural interface