115,000 people a year die from lung disease
That's 1 person every 5 minutes
And there's still 1 in 5 people living with a lung disease in the UK
That means 1,500 people are diagnosed everyday

Meet Ron.

He has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) - a lung condition that causes irreversible scarring of the lungs. 

There’s no way to stop IPF and there's no cure as yet. But with research there's hope. It's that hope that keeps Ron going.

An antifibrotic drug came available which basically can’t stop the fibrosing but it can slow it down. Had people not researched this drug, I wouldn’t be here now.

Ron's life has changed quite a bit since his diagnosis of IPF four years ago. He’s lost his confidence and has a constant fear that something might happen to him, like catching a cold or losing his breath. But with research being funded into IPF, a cure might be just around the corner. 

Read his emotional story

Meet Liz.

She’s a researcher who, thanks to you, is changing the way we treat pneumonia. Here’s her story:

Thanks to BLF supporters I received a travel grant and was able to go to a major research conference. It was my first real introduction into lung disease research. 

From then on, my research career was decided – I was going to focus on lung disease.  

A few years later, BLF supporters funded my small study which looked at pneumonia. I wanted to see if a drug called simvastatin, which lowers cholesterol, could help the body’s ability to fight against it.   

My study showed a reduction in deaths, hospital admissions and improvement in the immune system. It’s one of the first things to show progress in treatment for pneumonia since 1984!  

Last year I received a £700,000 grant to investigate the study further – which is incredible. I’m also applying for funding to replicate the study on a much larger scale.  I know I wouldn't be where I am now without the support and funding from the BLF early in my career.

It’s so amazing to know that my research could shape the way people are treated for pneumonia in the future. And it was only made possible thanks to your generosity, thank you. It’ll get us one step closer to a world without lung disease. 

Read more about Liz and her research

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Meet James.

He's a researcher who, thanks to you, is finding a cure for bronchiectasis. Here's his story:

Bronchiectasis can be life changing.

One major problem we face is that no two people with bronchiectasis are alike. In the past, a drug that’s worked on one person seems to be ineffective in another patient. 

Thanks to BLF supporters, my research uses new technologies to create ‘lungprints’. These lungprints are like unique fingerprints, but of your lungs. By doing this, I hope we can eventually match the right treatment to the right person, at the right time. This type of personalised treatment would be more effective, and have fewer side effects. 

In the short term, it’d mean we could guide doctors to use our current drugs more effectively, and in the long term, help them to develop better drugs that target the root cause of each persons bronchiectasis.

Over the next 5 years, my study will identify lungprints in 1000 people with bronchiectasis across Europe. It’s going to be the largest and most detailed study of bronchiectasis ever undertaken! 

The first results of our study already show we can do a simple sputum test to identify which patients will respond best to antibiotic treatment, and this is just the start.

Thanks to your support my research can be used by scientists to develop better treatments, and even one day find a cure for this lung condition. 

Read more about James' research 


Thanks to you, we’ve spent £ 33 million on lung disease research in over 30 years
LAM £103k Influenza £144k Acute lung injury £270k Bronchiectasis £304k Transplant £322k Pneumonia £333k OSA/sleep apnoea/ hypopnoea £348k Others £570k Air pollution/quality £591k ARDS £603k TB £1.5m Asthma £2m Lung cancer £2.1m Paediatric £2.5m COPD £3.1m ILD (inc IPF) £3.2m £ 6 . 5 m Multi-diseases Mesothelioma £8.4m £33 million spent on lung disease research


Obstructive sleep apnoea

Acute respiratory distress syndrome


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

ILD (inc IPF):
Interstitial lung disease (including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis)

And your generous support means we spent our largest amount on research ever last year: £2.7 million.


Thank you so much, but we've still got more work to do.

heart factoid
heart disease deaths dropped 35 %
while lung disease dropped only 9 %
hospital infographic
and over 700,00 hospital admissions are due to lung disease

We need to get research into lung disease on the map

Why not make a donation today? You'll be helping researchers like Liz and James change lives.