The COPDGene® Study is one of the largest studies ever to investigate the underlying genetic factors of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD. At the COPDGene® Study we are looking for answers to why some smokers will develop COPD and others will not. While it has been demonstrated that cigarette smoking can cause COPD, only a minority of smokers develop this debilitating disease thus raising the question of genetic susceptibility. Through the enrollment of over 10,000 individuals, the COPDGene® Study aims to find inherited or genetic factors that make some people more likely than others to develop COPD. With the use of CT scans, COPDGene® also seeks to better classify COPD and understand how the disease may differ from person to person.

COPDGene is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NHLBI U01 HL089897 and U01 HL089856) and by the COPD Foundation through contributions made to an Industry Advisory Committee.