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:

Research Projects