October 26, 2023

Heavy Metals Exacerbate Lower Respiratory Tract Infections

The purpose of this research study is to analyze cells and fluid obtained from the lungs and determine mechanism(s) by which these cells are impaired in their ability to reduce the severity of lung infections. This study will include a medical history review, a brief physical examination, spirometry, and a bronchoscopy/bronchoalveolar lavage procedure. Those who qualify will receive compensation for their time. Participation is voluntary. Participants in the study must: be 18 to 65 years of age; live in defined zip codes, 35207, 35217, 35214; and fulfill other eligibility criteria to include a medical and medication history for evaluation. For more information, please call (205) 996-1769 or email uabsuperfund@uabmc.edu.