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Healthy volunteers needed to help fight lung disease

Updated: Dec 29, 2021

Southampton researchers are looking for healthy people between 40 and 75 years of age to take part in a study seeking to improve care for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It aims to better understand the disease to inform new treatments.

Fighting lung disease

COPD is a chronic lung condition which affects around three million people in the UK, causing coughing, wheezing and breathing difficulties. It is 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 the time for four to five visits and are:

  • Aged 40 to 75 years and in good health

  • Either an ex-smoker or current smoker

  • Have no diagnosed respiratory conditions

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

To find out more, please email Elisabeth Marouzet at or Alex Kong at, or call us on 023 8120 4479.

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