Ravi Mahadeva

University of Cambridge United Kingdom

Dr Ravi Mahadeva is Director of the Cambridge COPD Centre and Clinical Director for Respiratory Medicine, Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust and Associate Lecturer, Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge. He trained in pulmonary medicine in London and Cambridge, UK, and was a recipient of a Wellcome Trust Advanced Clinical Fellowship to work on the pathogenesis of emphysema at Washington University, St Louis and Harvard Medical School, USA. He was awarded the prestigious European Respiratory Society COPD research award 2004.

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Chronic Obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality world-wide. The most common cause is chronic cigarette smoke inhalation which results in a chronic progressive debilitating lung disease with systemic involvement. COPD poses considerable challenges to health care resources, both in the chronic phase and as a result of acute exacerbations which can often require hospital admission. At the current time it is vital that scientific resources are channeled towards understanding the pathogenesis and natural history of the disease, to direct new treatment strategies for rigorous evaluation. This book encompasses some emerging concepts and new treatment modalities which hopefully will lead to better outcomes for this devastating disease.

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