Subpopulations and Intermediate Outcome Measures in COPD Study (SPIROMICS)

What we are studying

We are looking for healthy people (ages 40-80) with no smoking history to act as controls for a current study researching the genetics of COPD. The study will be comparing the results from the healthy controls to those with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) over a 3 year period. If you are interested in this research study which is non-invasive and requires a once a year clinic visit, then contact us for more information.

Who we are studying

  • Men and Women
  • Races:
    • White
    • African American
    • Asian
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • Other
  • All Ethnicities
  • Ages 40 - 80

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must have a diagnosis of COPD
  • Smoking or non-smoking persons with respiratory symptoms
  • Cannot have a pace-maker
  • Cannot have current cancer or cancer that spread to multiple organs

What is involved

  • Questionnaires
  • Tests to measure your breathing
  • Tests that collect samples of fluids or cells from the lungs
  • Blood collected
  • Tests to measure the effect of genes on your breathing disease
  • 2 CT scans over a 12 month period


You will be paid $625.00 if you complete all study procedures.

Contact Information

Study Coordinator
Bob Hmieleski

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.