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We can find a cure
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 as you may know, every breath can be a struggle for some people. 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 why I’m researching the DNA of people with and without IPF and COPD.
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I’m wanting 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 for future generations.
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.
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 make a difference.
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