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Frequently Asked Questions Genetics of Pulmonary Fibrosis

IPF can be a challenging disease to understand.

There are many diseases that cause pulmonary fibrosis, and determining the precise diagnosis for each individual and the mechanism that causes fibrosis has been challenging. Broadly defined categories of fibrotic lung diseases are environmental exposures, drug-toxicity, systemic autoimmune diseases with pulmonary fibrosis as a component such as scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis, idiopathic (unkown cause) intersitial pneumonias (several subtypes IPF being the most common), inflammatory lung disease such as sarcoidosis, and genetic disorders that have pulmonary fibrosis as one of many affected organs (Dykeratosis Congenita, Neurofibromatosis, Hermansky-Pudlak). While it has been recognized that genetics contributed to the later group of diseases, only more recently has it been recognized that genetics contributes to many types of pulmonary fibrosis.

Within this website you will find answers to your general questions about IPF. Please contact us to join our study and help us cure this disease.

When should I contact the study team?

Whenever you have questions about the study or your participation. If a new family member wants to join. If you have new medical records that you would like to contribute. If a member of your family with pulmonary fibrosis has passed away.

How do I contact the study office?



How Can I Help?

Sign up to take part in our study. You are eligible to participate if you have IPF or if you have family members with the disease. By comparing your DNA with thousands of other participants, we can start to identify the genetic markers of the disease. Your participation can help lead to early diagnosis and could even save future members of your own family from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.

For more information on participation call us at (303) 724-8569.