LCRU Services

Services offered at the Lung Clinical Research Unit

Clinical Trials Unit

  • Specialised unit for respiratory trials – over 15 years experience and more than 200 trials completed.
  • Asthma and COPD, interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, etc.

Airways Disease Research Unit

  • Investigating COPD in Africa, non-tobacco related chronic respiratory disease.
  • Tobacco, electronic cigarette and biomass disease related mechanistic/basic science laboratory research.

Severe Asthma and COPD Referral Unit (Private & Hospital based)

  • Clinical pulmonology service specialising in asthma and COPD evaluation and care.
  • Adolescent respiratory disease.

Smoking cessation service

  • Groote Schuur based outpatient service.
  • Private evaluation and treatment plans.

Lung function testing (private)

  • Detailed lung function: spirometry (FEV1/FVC), Plethysmography (DLCO, FRC, RV), 6 minute walk test.

Medico-legal evaluation of respiratory impairment

  • Clinical review with respiratory function testing and chest radiology as needed.

Teaching training and outreach

  • In partnership with the Department of Health – primary care training, outreach to local clinics.
  • Specialised training courses – Airways master class, smoking cessation, radiology.