New Clinical Trial at LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA and USC Offers Hope for Emphysema Patients

5 thoughts on “New Clinical Trial at LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA and USC Offers Hope for Emphysema Patients

  1. David Hsia says:

    I am the principal investigator at the Harbor-UCLA site. This is an exciting trial investigating a unique therapy for COPD. It uses a flexible camera (bronchoscope) instead of surgery, hence the sometimes-confusing term “minimally-invasive surgery”. I would welcome anyone interested in learning more about this trial to please contact us! Our study coordinator is Leticia Diaz and she can be reached at 310-222-8200 extension 7258.

  2. Robert Bock says:

    I would love to be considered for any of your clinical trials as it pertains to emphysema. my symptoms are there as I was a smoker most of my life but am not a smoker now.

    1. PERF says:

      Thank you very much, Robert. Congratulations on getting out from under the smoking habit!

      The major limiting factor in research on therapies for emphysema is finding people willing to participate in clinical research. Please let us know if you’re located in the Los Angeles area (within driving distance of Torrance). If so, we’ll forward your message to one of our staff, who will coordinate an introductory visit to our research center.

  3. Dennis Flader says:

    I noticed this article is from 2015. Since this is now 2019 I am wondering if this clinical trial for emphysema is still going on. I have stage 4 emphysema and COPD and have stopped smoking 6 years ago. I live in Michigan and am extremely interested in participating in any clinical trial that you offer. The article stated that you have 12 locations around the U.S. and I’m hoping there is one near me. Any information you can give me is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Harry Rossiter says:

      Dear Dennis,

      You are fortunate to live close to one of the leading COPD research centers in the Country. University of Michigan is host to several clinical trials for patients with COPD. The particular trial that you expressed interested in (the LIBERATE trial) has now completed, and the pulmonary valve device we were studying is now FDA approved for clinical use. But this approval is only thanks to interested people like you who are willing to volunteer to help advance science and find effective treatments for COPD. Thank you!

      You can find current clinical trials near you using the national clinical trials register at

      Warm regards,

      Harry Rossiter, PhD

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