Prof Jadwiga (Wisia) Wedzicha, NHLI Clinical Chair in Respiratory Medicine, is overseeing a Medical Research Council Partnership scheme, uniting eight hospitals/universities (coordinated by Imperial) to undertake COPD related research.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the fourth most common cause of death worldwide. Much research and scientific support to date has focused on alleviation of the effects of the disease. This Early COPD Partnership scheme aims to actively monitor a cohort of 1000 individuals aged in their 30s and 40s, who are smokers and therefore in the risk category for developing COPD in later life. By gathering together data relating to all aspects of the health and lifestyle of this cohort it is expected that it will be possible to identify ways that COPD can be treated as early as possible.