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About Our Research


Medical breakthroughs pioneered by American Lung Association researchers and their colleagues worldwide have reduced the burden of lung disease on patients and their loved ones, allowing them to live healthier, more active lives.

Since 1915, our researchers have made significant contributions to the fight against lung disease by revolutionizing treatment and unlocking secrets of the body's immune system. We have funded breakthroughs in the fight against tuberculosis, identified genes that cause the development of lung cancer and cystic fibrosis, and developed new ways to treat respiratory distress syndrome.

Research Initiatives

We fund innovative research that takes advantage of new technologies and scientific advancements. An important part of our mission is to collaborate with other lung health-focused organizations and new initiatives. Learn more »

Research Milestones

See how our researchers have made a significant impact on lung health over the years from developing new techniques to diagnose lung disease to identifying a major oncogene in lung cancer. Learn more »

Important Research Findings

The results of clinical trials from our Airways Clinical Research Centers Network are changing the nature of asthma and COPD patient care across the United States. See important findings from our studies that impact you. Learn more »

President's Research Report

Find out this year's highlights from our research program and read more about the pioneering work of our researchers. Learn more »

Meet Our Researchers

Our mission is sustained by the innovative lung disease research projects we fund each year. See the scientists poised to make breakthroughs that could improve prevention, detection and treatment of lung disease. Learn more »

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Take Action: Advocate for Research

Help us advocate to increase America's investment in lifesaving research by promoting increased funding to find cures for lung cancer, COPD, asthma and all lung diseases. Learn more »

Advancing Research

Advancing Research is our annual publication that illustrates how lung disease research is helping improve lives and making a difference for all those who have been touched by lung disease. Read Advancing Research »

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