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Infection Research Initiative

The Infection Research Initiative has been divided into six Areas of Research Focus to address chronic infections in people with cystic fibrosis. The initiative’s steering committee has identified priorities in each of those six areas. Learn more about the initiative and what projects the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is supporting.

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    Infections

    People with cystic fibrosis are prone to infections because of the thick, sticky mucus that clogs their airways. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is funding research to help fight these infections.

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    Inflammation

    Chronic inflammation in people with cystic fibrosis causes damage to lung tissue that can eventually lead to respiratory failure. Researchers are trying to discover ways to dampen the exaggerated immune response that causes chronic inflammation without affecting the body’s natural defenses against infection.

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    Mucus

    People with cystic fibrosis have thick, sticky mucus that blocks passages in their lungs, making it difficult for them to breathe and predisposing them to infections. New drugs are under development that will help break up and hydrate mucus in the lungs to make it easier to clear.

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    Gastrointestinal Issues and Cystic Fibrosis-Related Diabetes

    People with cystic fibrosis can experience complications in the pancreas, liver, and intestines that can lead to malnutrition, constipation, liver disease, CF-related diabetes, and other digestive issues -- including abdominal pain and poor appetite.

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Help us blaze a trail to better treatments and a cure for CF. Find a clinical trial that may be right for you.

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