Mayo Clinic recognizes that high-quality care depends on scientific discovery. Its major research programs in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine are focused on improving care of people with conditions related to the lungs and breathing.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds many Mayo Clinic research projects in this field each year. The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine has an average of 13 active federal grants a year totaling more than $4 million. NIH cooperation helps create an environment for innovative research in which Mayo Clinic clinician-scientists and researchers produce original research articles that are published in many peer-reviewed journals.
Our pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine researchers are committed to advancing medical innovations. Areas of success include:
- A new way to analyze people's health based on voice recordings, including detecting pulmonary hypertension
- A laboratory studying mindful breathing for pulmonary rehabilitation
- A less invasive way to reduce lung volume in people with emphysema
- New treatments for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, alveolar proteinosis and many other pulmonary conditions
- A regenerative medicine approach for helping people with COPD
- A new generation of bronchoscopic techniques to perform incision-free procedures
- A new cell-based therapy production facility at its campus in Jacksonville, Florida
Our researchers also carry out a wide range of clinical trials focused on treatment of conditions that affect the lungs and breathing.
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See a list of publications about pulmonary disease and critical care by Mayo Clinic doctors on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.