How to Prevent “Truth Decay”

by Harry Rossiter, PhD

PERF needs your help. The world as we know it is 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.

PERF’s mission is to improve the lives of those who experience breathing difficulties, through the support of research and education. One way in which we meet this mission is by supporting scientific research focusing on practical solutions that, in the short term, bring benefits to patients with respiratory symptoms. 

This part of our mission has taken on a special significance during the COVID pandemic. We support scientists and physicians working on the front lines to fight COVID. Examples of research being conducted by PERF-supported researchers right now (such as those in the photograph) include:

  • Testing of anti-inflammatory treatments to reduce the impact of COVID
  • Development of COVID sensors suitable for self-testing in the home
  • Validation of respiratory filters used during lung function and exercise testing to mitigate COVID spread
  • Characterizing the immune system benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation in patients with lung disease


We’re proud that we have reached record numbers of you with our COVID-19 blogs. Our website and blog are maintained, and your questions answered directly, by physicians, scientists, nurses, and patients, each of whom contributes their time for free.

We accompany this call for your support with an excellent blog post from Brian Tiep, MD, who shares his personal story and coping mechanisms about depression. To receive our free blog posts via your inbox, go to our website and scroll to the bottom of the page; you’ll find it easy to sign-up there.

Your Help Matters

PERF has demonstrated since our founding in 1984, that the power of community and research working together has and must continue making great strides to improve the quality of life for those with chronic lung disease or breathing difficulties.

Your contributions go directly to research and education. Your donation will go a long way to help us expand our reach via our website and blog, to provide information, education, and support to those in need, patients, and their loved ones.

No donation is too small

Your donations are fully tax-deductible and will be gratefully acknowledged in writing.

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PERF uses PayPal, but you don’t need a PayPal account. Just enter your credit card. Take a look at our donate page.

Or mail your contribution to:

The Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation (PERF)

P.O. Box 1133

Lomita, CA 90717-5133

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