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Little is currently known about the evolution of lung disease and how a young, healthy adult's lung function changes over time. The Lung Health Cohort, made possible by a $24.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, is now accepting participants in a longitudinal study that will shine light on Millennial's lung health.  

It is a first-of-its-kind investigation seeking to “intercept chronic lung disease before it becomes clinically apparent,” according to principal investigator Ravi Kalhan, MD, MS, Northwestern pulmonologist and professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Preventive Medicine.  

The scientists are recruiting 4,000 young adults for a 5-year study evaluating how their environment, lifestyle, and activity habits affect their respiratory health, by leveraging the national infrastructure of the American Lung Association’s Airways Clinical Research Centers. 

Read more about the study here: Article by Kristen Thometz, WTTW News.


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