Background: For many patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), the symptom of breathlessness makes simple daily tasks such as stair climbing extremely difficult and uncomfortable. Indeed, the symptom of breathlessness is a leading cause of physical activity limitation/avoidance in the COPD population, ultimately contributing to cardiovascular deconditioning and worsening of functional capacity, health status and quality of life. It follows that alleviating breathlessness and improving exercise capacity are among the principal goals of COPD management. To that extent, research in our laboratory at McGill University is focused on identifying new/alternative/complimentary therapeutic strategies for the management of breathlessness and activity-limitation in patients with COPD.
Principal investigator: Dennis Jensen, Ph.D.
Procedure: Willing and eligible participants would be required to visit the Montreal Chest Institute, McGill University Health Center on three to four separate occasions to perform simple lung function tests and an exercise test on a stationary bicycle. Participants will be financially compensated for study related expenses.
Contact: If you'd like to learn more and/or are interested in participating, please call 514-398-4184 ext. 09081 or click here to fill out the form and a research team member will get in touch with you shortly.