About Our Research Program


The BIDMC Institute for Lung Health is a multidisciplinary research program dedicated to the prevention of respiratory disease. The core mission of the Institute is to identify preventable causes of chronic lung disease, and to translate research findings into patient care and health policies that improve lung health.

Our work leverages innovative assessments of personal exposures, geospatial analysis, and quantitative analysis of medical imaging. Our studies include randomized clinical trials, clinical data repositories, and prospective cohort studies of children, young adults, older adults, and adults living with lung disease.

Specific areas of investigation at the BIDMC Institute for Lung Health include:

  • Evaluating the impact of climate change on the respiratory health of children and adults
  • Examining air filtration as a method of improving lung health by reducing personal air pollution exposure
  • Identification of risk factors for chronic lung diseases (including asthma, COPD, interstitial lung disease and pulmonary vascular disease)
  • Novel applications of chest CT imaging to evaluate abnormal lung health before the development of symptoms

A unique aspect of our Institute is our focus on translating research findings to policy and prevention.

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