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The BIDMC Institute for Lung Health is a multi-disciplinary
research and education 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.
A long-term goal of the Institute is to integrate research across other
medical disciplines at BIDMC to improve the care of patients with lung disease.
Specific areas of investigation at the BIDMC Institute for Lung Health include:
How environmental exposures (including air pollution, weather, housing conditions, indoor bacteria, pollen, tobacco, marijuana) affect lung health, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and interstitial lung disease
How diet and exercise influence lung health among children and adults
The use of innovative portable monitors to measure exposures and activities that are
important to lung health
Novel applications of chest imaging (CAT scans) to evaluate abnormal lung health
(including airway and vascular anatomy) before symptoms develop
Experimental nasal sampling techniques to assess inhaled exposures and biologic responses of
the upper respiratory tract that someday might be used in clinic to assess and monitor lung health
A unique aspect of our Institute is our focus on translating research findings to policy and prevention.