American Thoracic Society

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) improves global health by advancing research, patient care, and public health in pulmonary disease, critical illness, and sleep disorders. Founded in 1905 to combat tuberculosis, the ATS has grown to tackle asthma, COPD, lung cancer, sepsis, acute respiratory distress, and sleep apnea, among other diseases.

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COPD Foundation

COPD Foundation

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) includes progressive lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. The COPD Foundation (COPDF) was established to undertake initiatives that result in expanded services for COPD and to improve the lives of individuals affected by COPD. The Foundation’s activities focus on achieving these results through research, education and advocacy programs that will lead to prevention and a cure for this disease.

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American College of Chest Physicians

The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) is a global leader in advancing patient outcomes through innovative chest medicine education, clinical research, and team-based care. With more than 19,000 members in 100+ countries around the world, CHEST champions the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chest diseases through education, communication, and research. Established in 1935, the CHEST Journal is the leading peer-reviewed medical journal covering chest diseases and related issues, including pulmonology, cardiology, thoracic surgery, transplantation, breathing, airway diseases, and emergency medicine.

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Canadian Lung Association

The Canadian Lung Association (CLA) is a national, vounteer-based organization and charity that focuses on all issues that affect the ability of Canadians to breathe. The CLA works at the national, provincial and community levels to improve and promote lung heath. The organization focuses primarily on chronic lung diseases such as asthma and COPD, infectious diaseses such as tuberculosis, flu and pneumonia, breathing disorders such as sleep apnea and cystic fibrosis, and lung cancer. 

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Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation

The Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation (PERF) is a non-profit foundation dedicated to assisting patients with chronic respiratory disease through education and research. PERF contributes to the scientific basis for the practice of pulmonary rehabilitation (PR), promotes clinical application of pulmonary research, supports the development of pulmonary research, assists in developing and supporting PR programs, and works to increase public awareness of pulmonary disease and the benefits of PR. 

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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) - one of the largest institutes and centers that makes up the National Institutes of Health - is the U.S. leader in the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders. NHLBI provides global leadership for a research, training, and education program to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood disorders and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives.

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