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 is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization created in 1984, based in the south bay area of Los Angeles, California.

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

preparing for a dentist appointment during covid 17 Sep

Routine Dental Visits and COVID-19

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic disease. Soon after, most states issued stay-at-home orders, doctor and dental offices were closed except for emergencies. Now, six months later, scientists have made remarkable progress on understanding how the virus spreads when virus particles exhaled by a symptomatic or asymptomatic person find their way into another person’s nose, mouth, or eyes, conveyed there either by inhaling droplet-filled air or by second-hand contact with a surface. 

10 Sep

COVID-19 CDC July Updates for People with Underlying Medical Conditions

Developments with COVID-19 continue to be rapid and often unexpected. Some regions in the world that had originally been successful in flattening the curve and mitigating the worst effects of disease transmission have unexpectedly experiences spikes or a “second wave” of infections.

5 Sep

Long Beach Man Takes Part In COVID-19 Vaccine Trial at The Lundquist Institute

On a historic occasion this week at the Lundquist Institute in Torrance, CA, Jorge Vega, a Long Beach resident, became the first person to get vaccinated in the third phase of a research study on a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca.