Our Achievements

PERF supported the establishment of the Rehabilitation Clinical Trials Center (RCTC) in 1998 at the Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (formerly LA BioMed). The RCTC is dedicated to performing internationally leading clinical research.

PERF has facilitated major contributions to the science and understanding of chronic respiratory diseases for the benefit of patients, including:


Established the Grancell/Burns Chair of Rehabilitative Sciences Research


Demonstrated that vigorous exercise training is capable of markedly improving exercise tolerance, even in patients with severe lung disease


Expanded the understanding of the utility of oxygen therapy for COPD patients


Investigated new oxygen conservation strategies to improve the utility of ambulatory oxygen therapy


Evaluated new bronchodilator and anti-inflammatory drugs intended to improve lung function and exercise tolerance in COPD patients


Demonstrated that pursed lip breathing can increase oxygen saturation of patients with obstructive or restrictive lung diseases, as well as in those with normal lung function at various altitudes


Showed that an appetite stimulant was effective in increasing body weight in underweight COPD patients


Demonstrated that anabolic drugs can increase muscle size and strength in men with obstructive lung disease


Helped spread pulmonary rehabilitation and the use of oxygen around the world


Helped those who use supplemental oxygen to be allowed on ships and planes or access other activities that they were not allowed previously to enjoy

PERF board members have published over 700 research articles in the fields of pulmonary medicine and exercise sciences. Research achievements can be found at the National Library of Medicine by following this link.

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

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