Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Research

Experts in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at UCSF Medical Center are at the forefront of basic and clinical research. Our research is a collaborative effort among patients, health care providers and scientists. You may be eligible to participate in these studies, which will be discussed during your clinic visit. Please note that your participation is completely voluntary and the decision to participate or not participate will not impact your care in any way.

Funding for our research comes from a variety of public and private sources. Ongoing studies include:

COPD-CRN Research

Our center is a member of the National Institutes of Health sponsored COPD Clinical Research Network (COPD-CRN). The network includes 10 centers nationwide that conduct research to improve treatments for chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Enrollment in network studies is ongoing. For additional information, please visit

Industry-sponsored Research

Industry-sponsored studies contribute greatly to our understanding of COPD. If you meet the criteria for enrollment, your doctor may discuss these studies with you. Please feel free to ask about these trials and others when you meet with your doctor.

Investigator-initiated Research

In addition to COPD-CRN and industry-sponsored research trials, UCSF has a number of COPD doctor and researcher initiated studies that you may be eligible for. Ask your doctor for more information about these research studies.

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Pulmonary Practice at Parnassus
400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0359
Phone: (415) 353-2961
Fax: (415) 353-2568
Hours: Monday to Friday
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Pulmonary Practice at Mount Zion
2330 Post St., Suite 420
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 885-7755
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