Informa Healthcare, COPDF's COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Goes Digital

May 17, 2011


COPD Foundation
Ifdy Perez
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Informa Healthcare, COPD Foundation’s COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Goes Digital

NEW YORK – May 16, 2011 – COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – the first journal dedicated to publishing research on the impact of COPD – is launching a new media-rich digital format to accompany its standard electronic and print issues. The new digital format is available on and will feature a wide range of features that makes access to the latest COPD news, data and research easier than ever.

“We are proud to unveil our new media-rich digital format – designed to complement our existing issues – which will offer users swift and easy access to the latest research and developments on COPD, delivered right to their desks or mobile devices,” says Ashley Petrylak, Publisher of COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

“The new media-rich digital format includes live web links, instant-loading video, high resolution images and crisp texts, as well as multiple views and zoom features for easy reading,” she adds. “Through the digital edition, readers can add bookmarks and notes to articles, search by keyword and forward articles of interest easily and swiftly to colleagues.”

“We hope this new format for delivering up-to-date information to researchers will help improve the quality of life for those affected by the disease,” says John W. Walsh, co-founder and president of the COPD Foundation. “The number of those affected is increasing, therefore it’s important to improve the communication avenues of research news so we can prevent, and eventually cure, COPD.

Readers of COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease are keenly aware of the immediate need that recent COPD statistics present to the research community. The COPD patient population across the seven major markets is expected to rise from an estimated 28.1 million in 2005 to 32 million in 2015, representing an astounding 14% increase.

“COPD continues as a major uncontrolled disease worldwide,” says Dr. James D. Crapo, Editor-in-Chief and member of the COPD Foundation board of directors. “The Center for Disease Control recently named COPD the third leading cause of death in the United States. Among the top ten causes of death in the United States, only COPD has continued to increase in frequency over the past four decades. Research and development are needed in order to stem the tide and minimize the burden which COPD will put on patients, their families, and the healthcare system.” 

“Our journal will continue to serve medicine by publishing the most up-to-date research and our new format will help to make articles and information as accessible as possible.”

COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is available by subscription. For a free subscription to the new media-rich digital format, please visit the journal’s webpage at


About the Journal
COPD:  Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease publishes six times per year, is PubMed/ISI indexed and is available and

About the COPD Foundation
The COPD Foundation is dedicated to developing and supporting programs, which improve the quality of life through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The COPD Foundation has several programs dedicated to informing, empowering, educating, and engaging individuals affected by COPD, including both diagnosed and undiagnosed individuals, their families and friends, and their medical professionals. For more information, please visit: