Helping people with respiratory disease through education, research and information

Helping people with respiratory disease through education, research and information

About Us

The Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation was a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, based in the south bay area of Los Angeles, California, which operated from 1984 to 2022.

The Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation was formed from a passion to change the poor outlook for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), through research into pulmonary rehabilitation. Over time, this purpose has adapted to include other diseases where shortness-of-breath and exercise intolerance are hallmark symptoms.

16 million Americans are diagnosed with COPD, another 16 million are thought to be undiagnosed

56.2% of people with COPD reported that shortness of breath affected their quality of life

Pulmonary rehabilitation is one of the most effective treatments for COPD, but only 2% of medicare-eligble patients actually undertake a program

 

Recent Articles On Our Blog

27 Jun

Farewell but not Goodbye

Farewell but not Goodbye by Mary Burns, RN, BSAfter 38 years the Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation (PERF) is closing…

pulmonary rehabilitation study 7 Mar

Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Live Better and Live Longer

Over 16 million people in the US have COPD,1 and up to 60% go undiagnosed.2 COPD is the third leading…

16 Feb

Can You Breathe Your Way to Better Health?

The Science and Pseudoscience of “Training Your Lungs”   by Nicholas Tiller, PhD The respiratory system has long been a…