Mayo Clinic recognizes that high-quality care depends on scientific discovery. Its major research programs in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine include basic, applied and translational activities with the goal of improved patient care. In fact, 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 scientists and physicians produce original research articles that are published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.

Research conducted at Mayo Clinic has produced:

  • New treatments for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, alveolar proteinosis and many other pulmonary conditions
  • New technologies to identify causes of lung conditions
  • A new generation of bronchoscopic techniques to perform incision-free procedures

Mayo Clinic also carries out a wide range of clinical trials focused on treatment of conditions that affect the lungs and breathing.

Center for Sleep Medicine

Mayo Clinic sleep medicine specialists, including doctors trained in lung and breathing conditions (pulmonologists), mental health conditions (psychiatrists), and brain and nervous system conditions (neurologists), study new diagnosis and treatment options for sleep disorders in the Center for Sleep Medicine. You may have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials.


See a list of publications about pulmonary and critical care medicine topics by Mayo Clinic doctors on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine laboratories and programs

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March 19, 2021