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November 9, 2010

SIU Med School Studies Respiratory Problems

Men and women who have respiratory symptoms or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are being recruited for a clinical trial being conducted at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

The trial, directed by Dr. Joseph Q. Henkle, professor and chief of SIU’s pulmonary and critical care medicine division, is testing the effects of medication on lung function during exercise.  It is part of a national study evaluating effectiveness of the medication, Spiriva, being conducted by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Men and women age 40 years or older are being sought.  They should be experiencing some degree of shortness of breath, especially during physical activity or have a chronic productive cough. 

The 21-week study includes seven scheduled clinic visits over a six-month period.  Each participant will receive study-related medical exams and medications at no cost.  Results can be shared with the participant’s primary care physician upon completion of the study.
For more information about participating in this study, call the SIU pulmonary administrative office and leave a message for the research coordinator at 217-545-0187, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays or e-mail