Our Mission and Programs


Our mission is to improve the lives of those who experience breathing difficulties, through support of clinical and translational research and education.

Our Programs


Research Program

The research we support focuses on practical projects which, in the short term, bring benefits to patients with respiratory symptoms. At present, our funding goes to world-leading academics and physicians conducting research at the Rehabilitation Clinical Trials Center (RCTC), part of the Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. We support clinical and translational research and pragmatic studies and provide seed funding in order to attract larger national and international research grants.

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Educational Program

Our educational mission is delivered by:

  1. Providing in-depth training for scientists and practicing physicians throughout the world who come to the RCTC to learn principles of pulmonary rehabilitation and exercise sciences
  2. Our world-leading academic board members who regularly engage patient support groups throughout southern California to deliver information about healthful living practices and new developments in respiratory medicine
  3. Participation in better breathers clubs and other patient and community oriented events
  4. Regular contributions to blogs, social media and other online media designed to engage our online community with information on pulmonary diseases and therapies

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

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