Healthy 60-85 year olds asked to help fight lung disease

Southampton researchers are looking for healthy people between 60 and 85 years of age to take part in a study aiming to improve care for those with the respiratory condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It aims to better understand the role of lung infections in making the condition’s effects worse, to inform development of new treatments.

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Fighting lung disease

COPD is a chronic lung condition which affects around 3 million people in the UK , causing breathing difficulties, coughing, wheezing, made worse – often life threatening - by infections and illness.

The Microbiology & Immunology of the Chronically-Inflamed Airway II (MICA II) study aims to enhance our understanding of the role of small airways disease in COPD exacerbations by comparing people with COPD and those who have no diagnosed lung conditions. It forms part of our wider programme of COPD research, all aimed at improving care and quality of life for those with the condition.

Taking part

The COPD research team are keen to hear from healthy people interested in taking part in studies like MICA II, to contribute to better COPD care. Typically these studies involve a number of respiratory tests and assessments at University Hospital Southampton; we want to hear from you  if you can spare time to see us for 4 – 5 visits and are: 

  • Aged 60 to 85 years and in good health
  • Either an ex-smoker or have never smoked
  • Have no diagnosed respiratory conditions 

All travel expenses you incur will be remunerated together with payment for your time. 

To find out more, please contact Sarah Bawden sarah.bawden@uhs.nhs.uk or Pedro Rodrigues pedro.rodrigues@uhs.nhs.uk, or contact us on on 023 8120 4479.