Canada's Prevention of Organ Failure Centre of Excellence in Vancouver is using C$1.5 million (US$1.5 million) in funding from Genome British Columbia and other groups to develop a molecular test intended to personalize treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The protein and mRNA biomarker-based test will determine COPD patients' risk of acute exacerbations, which the PROOF researchers hope can be used to guide treatment for the disease and reduce the incidence and cost of hospitalizations.

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