COPD Shuttle: Journey to the Center of the Lung at the USA Science and Engineering Festival

October 18, 2010

Virtual Journey Inside Human Body Reveals Ravages of Smoking and Air Pollution on Lung Tissue: COPD Foundation Unveils Motion Simulator Capsule

USA Science and Engineering Festival, October 23-24, 2010, Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 18, 2010)—Using a 20-seat state-of-the-art mobile motion simulator called COPD Shuttle: Journey to the Center of the Lung, the 
COPD Foundation harnesses the power of immersive innovation to take riders on a five-minute microscopic journey into the human body and witness the devastating effects of smoking and other pollutants on lung tissue. The capsule carrying the COPD Foundation's message of awareness and prevention is scheduled during the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC on October 23rd and 24th, 2010 and then a one-day at the Johns Hopkins University Asthma and Allergy Center at the Bayview Campus in Baltimore, MD on October 26th, 2010.

The COPD Shuttle, which can seat up to 2,000 riders per day, makes viewers feel as if they are inside the body, offering a rare glimpse into the lungs, heightening their understanding of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and providing a catalyst for thousands to seek assessment and treatment,” says John Walsh, president of the COPD Foundation.

Mounted on a custom-built tractor/trailer, this new platform for virtual demonstration couples stunning high-definition imagery and surround-sound audio with precise, computer-driven motion control. Over the next year, the  COPD Foundation will use the simulator to increase awareness of lung diseases at health fairs, schools, sporting events, and other public gatherings. On-site screenings for lung diseases are available at select locations and times.

Walsh points to the COPD Foundation’s significant investment of time and resources to bring this message to the American public, adding, “We’ve taken pleasure in creating this program. Our goal is to highlight health risks and contributing factors to lung disease, with an ongoing focus on preventive care, timely diagnosis and enhanced therapy for individuals whose lives are impacted by COPD.”

Open to the general public, a map of the USA Science and Engineering Festival  is available for download, as well as a map of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus.

More information is available on the COPD Foundation calendar.

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