Learn about cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, pancreas, and other organs, and how to treat and live with this chronic disease.
CF is a rare genetic disease found in about 30,000 people in the U.S. If you have CF or are considering testing for it, knowing about the role of genetics in CF can help you make informed decisions about your health care.
If you or your child has just been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, or your doctor has recommended testing for CF, you may have many questions.
Diagnosing CF is a multistep process. A complete diagnostic evaluation should include a newborn screening, a sweat chloride test, a genetic or carrier test, and a clinical evaluation at a CF Foundation-accredited care center.
Raising a child with cystic fibrosis can bring up many questions because CF affects many aspects of your child’s life. Here you’ll find resources to help you manage your child’s daily needs and find the best possible CF care.
Living with cystic fibrosis comes with many challenges, including medical, social, and financial. By learning more about how you can manage your disease every day, you can ultimately help find a balance between your busy lifestyle and your CF care.
People with CF are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. As an adult with CF, you may reach key milestones you might not have considered. Planning for these life events requires careful thought as you make decisions that may impact your life.
People with cystic fibrosis are living longer and more fulfilling lives, thanks in part to specialized CF care and a range of treatment options.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited care centers provide expert care and specialized disease management to people living with cystic fibrosis.
We provide funding for and accredit more than 120 care centers and 53 affiliate programs nationwide. The high quality of specialized care available throughout the care center network has led to the improved length and quality of life for people with CF.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation provides standard care guidelines based on the latest research, medical evidence, and consultation with experts on best practices.
As a clinician, you’re critical in helping people with CF maintain their quality of life. We’re committed to helping you partner with patients and their families by providing resources you can use to improve and continue to provide high-quality care.
As part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's mission to help improve the lives of people living with cystic fibrosis, the PSDC initiative taps the CF community to inform key efforts to support the management of daily care.
Your cystic fibrosis care team includes a group of CF health care professionals who partner with you to provide specialized, comprehensive CF care.
Many people living with cystic fibrosis and their families face complicated issues related to getting the care they need. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Compass makes sure that no one has to do it alone.
CF Foundation Compass is a service that helps people with CF and their families with navigating insurance options, connecting to legal information and experts, finding available financial resources, and tackling other life issues.
CF care team members are paramount in providing highly specialized care to people living with CF. CF Foundation Compass can help by serving as a strategic ally for care teams, so team members can focus on their patients’ care.
CF Foundation Compass can help you navigate insurance, financial, legal, and other issues you are facing. Use this online form to start your conversation with a Compass case manager today.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for CF and supports a broad range of research initiatives to tackle the disease from all angles.
The CF Foundation offers a number of resources for learning about clinical trials and treatments that are being developed to improve the treatment of cystic fibrosis.
Our understanding of CF continues to evolve as scientists study what causes the disease and how it affects the body. These insights drive the development of new and better treatments and bring us one step closer to a cure.
Researchers, supported by the CF Foundation, have made tremendous advances to improve the health and quality of life of people with CF. We are committed to providing the tools and resources you need to continuously build upon this work.
Awards for the Infection Research Initiative will support proposals for basic or clinical research to address Infection Research Initiative priorities and can be submitted through various Cystic Fibrosis Foundation funding opportunities.
Since the launch of the Infection Research Initiative (IRI) in 2018, we have made significant progress in funding a range of infection-related projects that give us a diversified portfolio and good coverage of the IRI's six priority research areas. There is still much to be done to address the infection-related needs of the cystic fibrosis community, and we will continue to aggressively fund awards for the IRI through our existing research funding mechanisms with a focus on projects that address the IRI research priorities. At this time, we do not have plans to release a Special Topic IRI Request for Applications (RFA) in 2020. We will continue to evaluate the need for Special Topic IRI RFAs annually and will update upcoming announcements on this page once decisions are made. Academic researchers seeking funding for infection-related projects should submit proposals through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation recurrent funding mechanisms listed below.
Basic science research funding opportunities are intended to support research that will improve the understanding of the basic etiology and pathogenesis in CF. Studies supported through these mechanisms may be carried out at the subcellular, cellular, animal, or patient levels. Proposals that include methodologies requiring human subjects or sampling of materials from human subjects will be considered under this mechanism only if the sampling method constitutes minimal patient risk (e.g., venipuncture, nasal brushings) and the sample will be utilized in basic or laboratory research. Projects using previously obtained human samples or samples collected as part of routine clinical care may be allowed; however, this should be specified clearly in the application. For more information regarding cycle deadlines, submission instructions, and program requirements, please refer to the links below.
Pilot and Feasibility Award
Clinical research funding opportunities are intended to support research using clinical (observational/interventional), translational, or epidemiologic study approaches. Applicants must demonstrate access to a sufficient number of CF patients and to appropriate controls. For more information regarding cycle deadlines, submission instructions, and program requirements, please refer to the links below.
Clinical Pilot and Feasibility Award
Clinical Research Award
For more information regarding funding opportunities for infection research or general inquiries regarding the Infection Research Initiative, please contact Dara Riva (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tiffany Burnett (email@example.com).
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