Researchers at the University of Iowa are looking for more people to participate in a study of smokers with chronic bronchitis. Emily Birrer is one of the coordinators lining up the volunteers for the study.
Birrer says they’re looking for adult smokers between the ages of 18 and 55 with chronic bronchitis. Birrer says the study seeks to analyze the cells and fluid of the bronchitis suffers to see how the cells react to bacterial infection.
Birrer says participants will undergo bronchoscopy, which involves the passage of a long, narrow, flexible tube through the nose or mouth and then into the airways of the lung, for a limited washing and brushing of the lungs. She says you’ll have to make one visit to the U-I Hospitals and Clinics, lasting four to six hours, on a weekday morning.
Birrer says volunteers must be free of other medical problems and using no medications other than birth control pills and/or bronchodilators. Birrer says you can contact her at: 319-356-0578. Birrer says you will be paid for your participation in the study. They’re seeking approximately 750 for the study, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health.