Accelerating a medical breakthrough for 500 million lung patients

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Back to nature: how farm milk prevents asthma

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Stem cells have the brilliant ability to repair what’s lost

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Accelerate groundbreaking research

We all hope and dream to live long, healthy lives. But severe chronic lung diseases such as COPD and asthma threaten this dream for 500 million people. Already, COPD is the third cause of death worldwide. One day, researchers will find cures and preventive treatments. Crucial solutions that can and will become available much sooner when we join forces internationally. LONGFONDS | Accelerate has made this possible. Join us today.


  • Lung regeneration

    'We are working together towards one goal: to eliminate COPD'


    Jos Pielage and Pieter van Eck consider their volunteering for the Patient Advisory Committee of the Longfonds research on lung tissue repair especially important. Especially for people with lung disease.

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  • Asthma prevention

    Vici grant for the prevention of severe respiratory infections


    Hermelijn Smits, professor of Immunomodulation through Host-Commensal Interactions, receives a Vici grant of 1.5 million euros. With this grant, she wants to use substances produced in the intestines to strengthen the immune system.

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Research projects

LONGFONDS | Accelerate focuses on asthma prevention and lung regeneration. Find out more about the groundbreaking research and the great promise.


Chronic lung disease causes 10.000 deaths each day


500 million people suffer from chronic lung disease


2.800 children hospitalized with breathing difficulties each year

in the Netherlands