Supported projects

Since 2013 the Swiss Lung Association's Research Fund has supported various innovative research projects. Sorted by year you will find a list of all funded projects, along with a short description of each study.  

Supported projects 2016


Investigation into air transmission of highly pathogenic viruses.
Assoc. Ph.D. Stefan Kunz, Institute of Microbiology, University Hospital Lausanne
Project description (in German)

The microenvironment of stem cells in the fibrotic lung – does it matter?
PD Dr. med. / Dr. phil. Nat. Katrin Hostettler Haack, Department of Biomedicine and Clinic of Respiratory Medicine, University Hospital Basel
Project description (in German)

Integrated care of co-morbidities versus standard care after acute hypercapnic respiratory failure in the intensive care unit: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Dr. Dan Adler, Pneumology Department, University Hospital Geneva
Project description (in German)

Support by smartphone app and carbon monoxide self-monitoring for smoking cessation: A randomised controlled trial nested into the Swiss HIV Cohort Study
Prof. Dr. med Heiner Bucher, Basel Institute of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University Hospital Basel
Project description (in German)

Unravelling protective signalling pathways in acute lung injury using a novel lung-on-chip technology
PD Dr. med. Stefan Freigang, Institute of Pathology, University of Bern
Project description (in German)

 

Reduction of corticosteroid use in outpatient treatment of exacerbated COPD – a randomized, double-blind, non-inferiority study

Prof. Dr. med. Jörg Leuppi, Hospital of Baselland

Project description (in German)

 

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Prof. Dr. med. Malcolm Kohler, Division of Pulmonology, University Hospital Zurich

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Natural history of lung cancer in Switzerland and cost-effectiveness of low-dose computed tomography screening

Prof. Dr. med. PhD Milo Puhan, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI), University of Zurich

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Azithromycin for immunomodulatory treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis – a clinical trial

Dr. med. Funke-Chambour, Inselspital Bern, Department of Pulmonology

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Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformations, a translational study: a key to understand lung development in 2015?

MD PhD Isabelle Ruchonnet-Métrailler, Pathology and Immunology Department, Medical Faculty of Geneva

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Effects of chronic cigarette smoke exposure and pathogen infection on microbial colonization and emphysema in mice

DVM PhD / PD Dr. med.vet. Dr. phil. Charaf Benarafa, Theodor Kocher Institute, University of Bern

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Glycosaminoglycans as systemic markers for acute exacerbations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Prof. Daiana Stolz, Clinic of Pulmonary Medicine and Respiratory Cell Research, University Hospital Basel Read the project description (in German) 

 

 

Supported projects in 2014

The following 7 projects were supported during the second year of the Research Fund:

 

Cell and gene therapy based approach for Alpha1-Antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency

PhD Dr. med. Izabela Nita, Department of Pulmonary Medicine for Adults, University Hospital Bern

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Evaluation der Wirksamkeit von Beratungsgesprächen zur Förderung der körperlichen Alltagsaktivität bei Patienten mit Chronisch Obstruktiver Lungenerkrankung

Dr. med. Thomas Hess, Internal medicine and pneumology, Cantonal Hospital Winterthur

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Assessment of Immunomodulatory Effects in COPD Following Inhalation of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes in an Occupational setting

PHD Dr.phil.Nat. Fabian Blank, Respiratory Medicine, Berne University Hospital

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Reactive hyperemia peripheral arterial tonometry in moderate to servere COPD: A new tool?

Prof. Dr. med. Daiana Stolz, Clinic of Pulmonary Medicine and Respiratory Cell Research, University Hospital Basel

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Novel immunodiagnostic approaches for childhood tuberculosis infection and disease

Dr. med. PhD Nicole Ritz, University Children’s Hospital Basel

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To lower the pressures in continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) based on cerebral hemodynamic measurement with near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)

Assistant Prof., MD Ramin Khatami, Center for Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research, Barmelweid

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The role of microRNAs in inflammatory gene expression in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Dr. med. Huber, Division of Pulmonology, Universitätsspital Zürich

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Supported projects in 2013

During its first year the Research Fund supported 3 projects:

 

NADPH oxidase and emphysema Antragssteller

Dr. Stephanie Carnesecchi, Depts of Pediatrics and Pathology, Geneva Faculty of Medicine

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Bio-printing platform for lung tissue engineering

Prof. Dr. Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser, Adolphe Merkle Institute, Université de Fribourg

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Role of bacterial communities in infants with cystic fibrosis

Dr. Markus Hilty, Institute for infectious Diseases, University of Bern

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