News

Ground breaking research

Research with world-wide implications and the potential to improve the lives of millions of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) will begin in the Okanagan in the New Year.

Neil Eves has been awarded a substantial grant from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research to study how exercise impacts COPD.

Eves will receive up to $635,000 over the next eight years to allow him to examine this important line of inquiry.

The assistant professor in exercise physiologist with the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, says the research program is highly novel and he plans to begin the long-term project in January.

“It’s answering a lot of questions others have not looked at yet,” says Eves. “We have no idea if exercise has any effect on modifying the primary causes of the disease.”

COPD is an inflammatory disease characterized by progressive limitation to airflow out of the lungs.

As the disease progresses, patients suffer from increased shortness of breath to the point where they struggle to breathe even while at rest.

Smoking is the primary cause of COPD, but Eves said it can be triggered by any particulate matter that is frequently breathed in, damaging the lungs.

“This is just the start. There are lots of questions that need to be answered,” says Eves. “The key is to try and utilize exercise to reduce airway and blood inflammation and slow down the progression of the disease and a number of its co-morbidities like heart disease and stroke.

“If we can do that, we will have a massive effect on the health of these individuals.

“Our aim is to help people live a healthy life even with a chronic disease.”

Each year, COPD is estimated to cost Canadians $4.1 billion in direct and indirect costs.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Soft goals by Bernier cost Maple Leafs
 
Purcell helps Oilers rally past Capitals 5-4 in shootout
 
Bouchard beats Garcia at Australian Open
New charter flight from Hamilton could bring steady stream of tourists to Okanagan Valley
 
Miss Universe Canada scores big buzz with hockey costume
 
Baldy Ridge Extension Project open house
Trail council considers future of well-used roadway
 
District’s top students honoured
 
ICBC frauds include fires, faked thefts

Community Events, January 2015

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Jan 30 edition online now. Browse the archives.