October 26, 2023

Heavy Metal Induced Airway Remodeling and COPD

The purpose of this study is to evaluate if COPD is caused by exposure to heavy metals. This study will include a medical history review, a brief physical examination, spirometry, exhaled breath condensate, urine sample, blood collection, 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.