A wide range of European researchers is collaborating on this project.
More than twenty researchers are involved in this project. Young and old, newcomers to the profession or with years of experience. We all want to learn more about the causes and the course of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Pieter Zanen, project leader of COPACETIC:
‘COPD is actually a strange disease: it should actually not exist at all or it should in any case be extremely rare. If no one would smoke, COPD would be listed in the very back of medical textbooks instead of at the top of the list of causes of death. COPD should not exist at all and it most certainly should not result in serious disability. Actually, every case of serious COPD means that medical science ‘has failed’; if we know enough about COPD and can indicate who will suffer from it, we have to do everything in our power to stop the worsening of the disease. In this way, COPD should become a manageable disease and patients should not end up dying or in a wheelchair: this is the task that every researcher must set for himself.’