Early COPD Cohort study

The British Lung Foundation Early COPD Cohort study is looking to recruit young adult smokers between the ages of 30-45, to track changes in their lung function over time. They will identify and study the people whose lung function is beginning to decline and are at risk of developing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This will provide insight into how the disease progresses and give clues to how we can prevent its advance, to hopefully benefit the millions of people worldwide who live with COPD.

COPD is a life-long condition that makes breathing difficult because the airways have been narrowed. People living with COPD will feel out of breath doing everyday tasks such as housework or walking the dog. Though 20% of people with COPD have never smoked and not all smokers develop COPD - it is mainly caused by smoking from early adulthood.

Participants could benefit by having a CT scan of the chest free of charge, access to stop smoking support, a research team specialising in COPD, and follow-ups with the NHS is abnormalities are found. Volunteers can be male or female, must be aged 30-45 years old and current smokers, but have no current lung disease diagnosis.  

People locally looking to get involved with this significant study can do so by contacting at the details below. 

For more information about the study please visit Imperial's website.

Contact us to find out more 

Study contacts: Andrew Ritchie, Eleanor Johnson, Gavin Donaldson
Email: lunghealthstudy@imperial.ac.uk
Contact phone number: 07561451777
Principal investigator: Professor Wisia Wedzicha 

Research project information

Research title  British Lung Foundation (BLF) Early COPD Cohort Study