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Dr. Frank Sciurba gives a brief introduction to COPD and discusses some of the correlation the disease had with aging.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Define COPD and aging and discuss correlations between the two
  • Describe physiologic changes in the lung associated with aging and COPD, as well common co-morbidities
  • Review categorization of phenotypic variation in lung diseases

Reading Resources:

  1. Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) 2014.  Accessed 3/10/14.
  2. American  Lung Association: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Fact Sheet. Accessed 1/11/14.
  3. American Lung Association. Trends in COPD Morbidity and Mortality.  Accessed Jan. 11, 2014.
  4. Parkes G, et al. BMJ. 2008;336:598-600. 
  5. Fletcher C, Peto R. Br Med J. 1977;1(6077):1645-1648


Dr. Sciurba has financial interests with the following any entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Grant/Research Support: Actelion, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc., Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, COPD Foundation, Forest Research Institute, Inc. GlaxoSmithKline, National Institutes of Health, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Pearl Therapeutics Inc.,PneumRX Inc., and PulmonX.
  • Other: Advisory Board: AstraZeneca, ResMed, Corp

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .5 contact hour.

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Release Date: 6/16/2015 | Last Modified On: 6/16/2015 | Expires: 6/16/2016

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