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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 2017

A novel auto-regulatory mechanism causing drug resistance of airway wall remodelling and mitochondrial activity in asthma.
Dr. Michael Roth, University Hospital Basel
Project description (in German)

Early life exposure to nicotine affects the repair capacity of lung in adult mice.
Prof. Dr. Constance Barazzone Argiroffo, University Hospital of Geneva
Project description (in German)

Assessment of novel therapeutic strategies for the treatment of allergic asthma.
Dr. Alexander Eggel, University of Bern
Project description (in German)

Fluctuation dynamics of biomarkerst o predict exacerbations in asthma: A stepping stone for early intervention
Prof. Dr. med. Urs Frey, University Children's Hospital Basel
Project description (in German)

Effect of a long-term home-based exercise training using minimal equipment vs. usual care in COPD patients: A multicentre randomized controlled trial
Dr. Anja Frei, University of Zurich
Project description (in German

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)

Impact of a pharmaceutical care intervention to improve adherence of inhaled medication in asthma and COPD patients Prof. Dr. med Jörg Leuppi, University Clinic of Medicine, Cantonal Hospital Baselland Project description (in German) 

Supported projects 2015


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

Project accomplished


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

Project accomplished (in German)


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

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

Read the project description (in German)


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

Read the project description (in German)

Read the project description (in French)


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

Read the project description (in German)


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 2014


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

Read the project description (in German)


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

Read the project description (in German)


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

Project accomplished


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

Read the project description (in German) 


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

Project accomplished



Supported projects 2013


NADPH oxidase and emphysema Antragssteller

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

Project accomplished


Bio-printing platform for lung tissue engineering

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

Project accomplished


Role of bacterial communities in infants with cystic fibrosis

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

Project accomplished