October 20, 2010

Participants Will go on Virtual Journey Inside Human Body to See the Damage of Smoking and Air Pollution on Lung Tissue

Free Event on Oct. 26 is Open to the Public

Baltimore, Md.—Using a 20-seat state-of-the-art mobile motion simulator called COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) 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 will be at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Robert Wise, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the pulmonary laboratory at the Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center, says, “Millions of Americans suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease so it is important to educate people about its causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention. The Johns Hopkins Bayview respiratory department is proud to host the COPD Shuttle so that we can inform more people in Baltimore about this disease.”

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. On-site screenings for lung diseases are available.

“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.

This free event is open to the general public. The COPD Shuttle will be on Hopkins Bayview Circle, outside of the Asthma and Allergy Center. Parking is available in the Mid-Campus lot and parking garage. Here is a link to directions and a map of the
Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus. More information is available on the COPD Foundation calendar.

About COPD
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only chronic disease growing in mortality. It affects approximately 24 million Americans but only 12 million are diagnosed. COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and adult onset (refractory) asthma. Symptoms include breathlessness, wheezing, and chronic coughing. Visit or call 1-866-316-COPD (2673).

About Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical CenterJohns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, located in Baltimore, Maryland, is a full-service, Joint Commission-accredited academic medical center. Among the wide range of services offered are an area-wide trauma center and the state's only regional adult burn center. Founded in 1773, our 560-bed facility features several centers of excellence including stroke, geriatrics, joint replacement, wound care and bariatrics, to name a few. As part of the Johns Hopkins Health System, our physicians hold full-time faculty positions at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For more information, visit

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