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

oxygen therapy for copd 25 Feb

When Should I Consider Oxygen Therapy for COPD?

Starting supplemental oxygen therapy is both an important and complex decision. Given its complexity, understanding what this entails (including why and how it’s prescribed) and the pros and cons of using oxygen may be helpful. Your doctor, and often your lung specialist, should advise you why oxygen is recommended, and provide basics about what to expect, how to use it, and when to get a medical follow-up. This article describes some key areas related to using oxygen therapy for COPD and resources that may help you feel more prepared.

studies on smoking and covid-19 11 Feb

Studies on Smoking and COVID-19

A recent article in the New York Times reported that as well as relapsing in our diet and exercise habits, the pandemic has seen a change in our smoking habits – and not for the better. Over the past 16 years, smoking rates in the US have declined from 21% of Americans who smoke to 14%. During the pandemic, this decline has stalled. Lots of people who had cut down or quit seem to be smoking again, or more, during the pandemic, if preliminary sales figures for tobacco products are any measure.

28 Jan

If You’re Offered a COVID-19 Vaccine, Should You Take It?

by Harry Rossiter, PhD As you are all no doubt aware the FDA has given emergency use authorization (EUA) for…