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Study Participation

Study Participation

Our research would not be possible without the eager participation of research subjects. The COERD would like to thank all past participants and everyone who has shown interest in our research.

Improve patient health

Your participation may benefit future generations, by helping researchers find improved treatments or medications.

Further science

Your participation may help further scientific knowledge, by allowing researchers to better understand diseases.

Learning Opportunities

You will have an opportunitiy to better understand your own health, as a result of our research procedures and knowledge.

Active Studies

Please note that volunteers will be compensated for their time.

Requirements
  • 19 years or older
  • Have not smoked for the past 6 months

If you meet the above study requirements, you will be asked to visit our lab three times, and allow researchers to visit your home once, for a total time commitment of about 8 hours. The entire study will take no more than 9 weeks.

Procedures
  • Lung function testing
  • Bronchoscopy. A bronchoscopy is a procedure where a thin, flexible tube is passed down your throat and into your lungs.
  • Air samples from your home
  • Collection of blood, urine, stool, and nasal samples.
  • Health & symptom questionnaires
Requirements
  • 19-49 years of age
  • Healthy, Non-asthmatic
  • Non-smoking (cigars, cigarettes, marijuana, e-cigarettes)
  • Not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Not using inhaled corticosteroids

If you meet the study requirements, you will be asked to visit our lab at the Vancouver General Hospital nine times for a total time commitment of about 45 hours. The entire study will take at least 12 weeks.

Procedures
  • Four 4-hour exposures to either diesel exhaust or filtered air in a specially ventilated room. The pollution will be no more than levels experienced in major Asian cities on a smoggy day.
  • Collection of blood and urine samples
  • Standard lung function testing
  • Methacholine challenge test (common clinical asthma test)
  • Health & symptom questionnaires
Requirements
  • 19-49 years of age
  • Asthmatic
  • Non-smoking (cigars, cigarettes, marijuana, e-cigarettes)
  • Not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Not using any inhaled corticosteroids

If you meet the study requirements, you will be asked to visit our lab at the Vancouver General Hospital five times for a total time commitment of about 60 hours. The entire study will take at least 12 weeks.

Procedures
  • Two 2-hour exposures to either diesel exhaust or filtered air in a specially ventilated room. The pollution will be no more than levels experienced in major industrial cities on a smoggy day.
  • Bronchoscopy. A bronchoscopy is a procedure where a thin, flexible tube is passed down your throat and into your lungs.
  • Collection of blood, nasal, and urine samples
  • Standard lung function testing
  • Methacholine challenge test (common clinical asthma test)
  • Health & symptom questionnaires

Interested in participating in research?

What people say about research

Don't take our word for it, here's what our past volunteers have to say.

I find the work at COERD innovative, important, and fascinating. I immediately signed up for the study once I heard about it because it's a great way to contribute to research!
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Jenny Zhu

DICE Participant
I say yes to participating in research because I want to know more about my condition and how I can maintain my health and lung function.
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Mike Fischer

COPA Participant