Who we are

In 1985, Professor Sir Malcolm Green and his colleagues founded the BLF because research into lungs was underfunded and underappreciated, and lung diseases were poorly understood.

We’ve invested over £30 million in vital research. Lung disease is the 3rd biggest killer and affects more than 12 million people in the UK. Research is crucial to bring hope and help to everyone affected.

An infographic that shows the sum on money spent on researching lung diseases by the British Lung Foundation. In total, £33m has been spent researching lung diseases, including £8.6m for mesothelioma, £3.2m on ILD, £3.1m on COPD and £2.1m on lung cancer.

Our research areas

We aim to fund research predominantly in these areas:

I’m lucky - I had a lung transplant last year. I’m amazed how little is known about IPF, even about the basics of the disease and how to treat it. We desperately need more research because I’m an exception - most people die within 3 years of diagnosis.Steve, who lives with IPF

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