Research of Interest

Lung Foundation Australia regularly scans other sources to keep up-to-date about developments of interest.

This page brings together some of the interesting and reputable respiratory research being undertaken by external bodies.

Current Clinical Research

14th September 2016

The University of South Australia’s International Centre for Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE) is conducting research into how Australians access health information and what they understand about the use of their health records.

They are seeking adults to complete a 15 minute survey. If you’d like to take part, you can complete the survey online at or ask for a paper copy to be sent to you – contact iCAHE by emailing or phone 1800 126 334.

For further information about the project, please contact the Project Director, Dr Steve Milanese via email or on 08 8302 1053.

This project has been approved by the University of South Australia’s Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol number 35745).

If you have any questions about your rights as a participant, please contact the Executive Officer of the UniSA Human Research Ethics Committee, Vicki Allen via email or phone 08 8302 3118.


Do you have COPD?

Have you been a smoker?

Do you get short of breath or cough?

18th May 2016

The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research is currently running several research projects in Sydney for patients who have been smokers, or experience shortness of breath, or have been diagnosed with COPD.

Can we monitor COPD at home? In this project, we are interested in monitoring lung function remotely over several months, from the comfort of your own home. Using new technology, we will look at whether self monitoring with a simple breathing test can tell us about a patient’s quality of life or predict flareups.

How do COPD medications really work? In this project, we look at the effects of some commonly prescribed medications used for treating COPD. While effective, how these medications work is still poorly understood. We will use highly specialised lung function tests and advanced medical imaging to find out how the medications affect the smaller airways of the lung. Some participants will also undergo a simple exercise test, and lung scans (PET/CT scans) before and after one month of treatment.

Can we help COPD sufferers sleep better? We are looking for volunteers to help us study the relationship between breathing and sleep disturbances in COPD, and hopefully improve sleep quality. This study involves consult with a lung physician, breathing assessments, and a sleep study.

For more information or to see if you are eligible, please call 1300 303 185 or email