Pulmonology is the medical specialty focusing on the respiratory tract and its disorders. Common respiratory disorders include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, cystic fibrosis, emphysema, and bronchitis. Asthma alone is estimated to affect 235 million people worldwide, and COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
Respiratory disorders affect people of all ages. For instance, cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects people from birth, with an average survival age in the U.S. of just 37.4 years. COPD, on the other hand, is more common in older adults.
The symptoms of respiratory disorders vary by disease, but – as you might expect – most illnesses affect the person’s ability to breathe. Respiratory diseases may be diagnosed through chest x-rays, pulmonary function tests, bronchoscopies, and ultrasound.
Artemis Institute for Clinical Research conducts clinical trials of investigative medications for the treatment of various respiratory disorders. Qualified adults participating in a trial may be eligible to receive financial compensation for time and travel, study-related medical and psychological evaluations, and the investigative study medication at no cost.
If you suffer from a respiratory disorder and would like to volunteer for a study, or if you know someone suffering from a respiratory disorder who may want to volunteer, please send us your request using the Join a Study form, or call us toll-free at 855-DoStudies (855.367.8834).