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

new copd research in 2021 14 Jan

Prioritizing Lung Health in 2021: Trajectories of New COPD Research

Despite the obvious impact of COVID-19 on the progression of new research developments in COPD, there’s plenty to look forward to in 2021. Here I highlight two bronchoscopy-based treatments for chronic bronchitis or COPD that are currently underway in the US.

frontline health workers 22 Dec

Help Our Heroes to Give Us All a Safe and Happy New Year

Learn more about the American Thoracic Society’s “special occasion strategies” aimed at reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 this holiday season.

3 Dec

How to Prevent “Truth Decay”

PERF needs your help. The world as we know it under attack. We are not talking Martians… or even about the COVID pandemic. We are referring to the blurred lines between fact and fiction. Truth and falsehood. How do we, as a society, combat this uncertainty? We support and act on scientific discovery to provide the information to guide our actions.