Support for Research

BRINGING DISEASE TO ITS KNEES.  Are there “good bacteria” in mother’s breast milk that could prevent asthma? Why is a certain ethnic group susceptible to a certain disease? Could a molecule be the missing link? Inside hospitals and in university labs, some of the country’s most inquiring minds are pursuing the answers that will unlock the secrets of better breathing. The Lung Association is proud to back this critical world-class research. Through grants, fellowships and studentships, we provide essential funding for everything from basic lab research to clinical trials to studies in lung disease prevention. And thanks to our close relationships with leading health-care companies and organizations as well as provincial Lung associations, we are able to make an even greater impact. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of the applications are lucky enough to receive funding each year. Grant applications are put under the microscope and subject to a strict national review process designed to ensure that only the most promising and relevant research receives support. With your donation, we could explore hundreds of other possibilities and speed up the pace of discovery.

Breathing as One

36,000,000 PEOPLE. 1 BREATHTAKING VISION. Just as our lungs work in unison, Canadians are rallying together to raise our voices and take on the challenges to our collective breathing. Breathing as One is an ambitious national fundraising campaign that will support The Lung Association’s innovative research effort – the National Respiratory Research Strategy. By opening up the channels of communication and connection as never before, we will reduce risk, prevent disease and come up with elusive cures. Breathing as One, we will make our homes, automobiles, urban centers, malls, parks, schools, office buildings and factories healthier. Breathing as One, we will ignite exciting new possibilities in the lab, light a fire under policy makers and trigger a shift in our behaviours and priorities. We all share the same air. United under the banner of Breathing as One: The Campaign for Lung Research, we will share our resources and resolve to make lung health and breathing our number One priority. 

The Kayla Baker Research Award

One of our newest research awards is the Kayla Baker Research Award established to honour the vision of a young lung transplant patient. Kayla was diagnosed with the rare lung disease called pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 11. She underwent lung transplant surgery in April 2013 but passed away eight months later.

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National Respiratory Research Strategy

To strengthen lung research in Canada and make a real difference in the lives of those affected by lung disease, the Canadian Lung Association has developed the National Respiratory Research Strategy.

The mission of the National Respiratory Research Strategy is to provide national leadership for research, training, network and knowledge translation programs to promote the prevention and treatment of respiratory diseases and enhance the health of all Canadians.

Together with our partners, we will work together to achieve our mission by:

  • Establishing a well-resourced national research infrastructure
  • Nurturing  a new generation of researchers 
  • Supporting and leveraging new knowledge, innovation and expertise
  • Evaluating, synthesizing and disseminating existing evidence
  • Facilitating the implementation of innovative best practices across jurisdictions
  • Measuring and reporting on the impact of respiratory diseases in Canada


Canadian Respiratory Research Network

Collaborating with researchers across Canada, addressing the health burden of lung disease

Launched in February 2014, The Canadian Respiratory Research Network is a national research network that brings together researchers from across Canada to work together to improve understanding and treatment of asthma and COPD, which together affect almost 15% of Canadians. 

Overall, chronic lung disease accounts for more than six per cent of annual health-care costs in Canada, and COPD is the leading cause of hospitalization. A large number of Canadians with COPD and asthma also remain undiagnosed. As the network matures, other lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis and neonatal lung disease will be studied.

The Canadian Respiratory Research Network will bring researchers across disciplines together to improve our understanding of the origins and progression of chronic lung diseases in Canada.

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