One step closer to a cure

Louise is a leading BLF researcher who is hoping to change the lives of people living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

We breathe over 20,000 breaths a day – usually without even thinking about it. Breathing easily is something that most people take for granted. But for some people, every breath is a struggle. This can really impact your life. Not just physically, but emotionally too.

To help people who find it difficult to breathe, like those with COPD and IPF, we must find new treatments and drugs. That’s what I’m trying to do by researching the DNA of people with and without IPF and COPD. 

I’m trying to identify if there are differences in DNA which might affect why some people develop IPF or COPD. Or even why some people get more severe symptoms and end up in hospital and why some don’t.

This is really important because it will tell us who is at higher risk of developing COPD or IPF. It will help doctors provide a clearer diagnosis and know what treatment will work best for each patient.  

In the long term, my research will be able to tell doctors and other researchers more about how COPD and IPF progresses. This will help us develop new treatments and drugs. 

It could bring us one step closer to a cure 

I became a researcher because I am passionate about science and the power my research can have in helping people who live with these conditions.

I’m so grateful to the BLF and their supporters as without their generosity my research just wouldn’t be possible. 

But there aren’t enough of us studying COPD and IPF because there isn’t enough funding. If more funding was directed towards these conditions, it would also attract more young researchers, whose careers are just starting. In the future, these researchers could make the breakthrough that we’ve been looking for. They could even find a cure for COPD or IPF. But we need your help to do this. You can be the difference.


Help fund vital research like Louise’s so that we can end the suffering caused by lung disease.


Louise Wain

Professor Louise Wain

Professor Louise Wain is one of the UK's best lung disease researchers.

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25 May 2018