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Respiratory conditions are a significant cause of ill health and death in the UK.

Approximately 10,000 people are newly diagnosed with a lung condition each week and it is responsible for one million deaths and over six million in-patient hospital days per year.

Imperial College AHSC is the largest centre nationally for lung research bringing together the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, which as a specialist heart and lung centre is internationally regarded for its clinical care and research.

Our programmes cover the spectrum of respiratory disorders including common acquired conditions such as acute respiratory infections, asthma, chronic pulmonary obstructive disease, interstitial lung disease, tuberculosis and lung cancer, as well as rarer, genetic conditions such as cystic fibrosis.

Our thriving research portfolio is focused on developing new approaches to the detection and treatment of lung disease as well as targeted management strategies for chronic lung diseases, which can span the life course.

The AHSC’s clinical research activities are supported through the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre and research facilities at the Royal Brompton Hospital.

The partnership is also home, in collaboration with Kings College London, to the:

These centres are also supporting research programmes into the prevention of lung diseases.