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Investments in research funding are essential to improving patient care, now and in the future. Today’s investments in basic, clinical, and translational research will enable researchers to expand the knowledge base on the detection, prevention, treatment and cure of critical care illness, respiratory disease, and sleep disordered breathing. The ATS is committed to working with Congress, the Administration, as well as other policy makers to maximize the public investment in biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health, Agency for Health Research and Quality, and Veterans Affairs.

Each year, ATS members visit Capitol Hill to serve as the voice for patients and emphasize the importance of research that helps treat their diseases and improve their lives. One area of research for which the ATS advocates is chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder or COPD. In this video, patients/caregivers share their stories and react to the dearth of research dollars dedicated to finding treatment for this disorder that affects 30 million Americans.