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John Linnell

Patient Research Advocate


I serve as a Patient Research Advocate for the PELICAN project at the Breathe Chicago Center© (BCC). I am also a patient with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) diagnosed in 2005.Firmly believing that the patient needs to be an integral part of both treatment and research, I am heavily involved in patient education and advocacy. I find it rewarding to help other patients understand that their COPD is manageable, and it is simply a different chapter in their lives.

Service to Community

- Patient Representative of the Data Safety Monitoring Board of another clinical research study
- Voting Patient Representative for scientific peer review of a Congressionally Directed Medical Review Program

Professional Memberships

Member of the Executive Board of EFFORTS (a COPD Foundation led program)