The Pacific Lung Research Centre is currently conducting studies in various respiratory disease areas, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Bronchitis and Emphysema), interstitial lung disease / idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, Chronic Cough, Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma and various other areas.

Physicians, please contact the Research Office at (604) 806-8117 if you would like to refer a patient for a study, or to discuss any of these clinical trials with the research staff.

Patients, please speak with your respirologist to see if you qualify for any of these studies. If you have been told by your doctor that you have a respiratory disease, you may also contact the Research Centre staff at (604) 806-9485 or (604)-806-8117 for more information. The clinical research coordinators at the Pacific Lung Research Centre include Wen Wang, Cynthia MacDonald, Ben Tan, Amani Maaya and Eri Flores.

Some Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Clinical Trial?

A clinical trial is a scientific study that tests the effectiveness and/or safety of a treatment, device or drug.

Is it safe to participate in a Clinical Trial?

The safety and well-being of all participants is always the primary concern in all studies. Any medication, whether prescribed by your doctor, or bought "over-the-counter" (without a prescription) can potentially cause some side effects. When participating in a clinical trial at the Pacific Lung Research Centre (PLRC), you will be closely monitored throughout the study. It is also important that you closely follow the study procedures discussed with you.

What do I have to do if I participate?

It depends on the study. Generally, you are required to come to the PLRC for one or more visits, where you will undergo different types of tests related to your breathing problem. These may include: blood tests, breathing tests, walking tests and questionnaires about your disease. When you are interviewed to see if you might qualify for a study, you will be given all the details of the specific study and have lots of time to ask questions and decide if participating is right for you.