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Breathing better

The Air Liquide corporate Foundation is committed to the society. It acts for the advancement of science so that everyone can breathe better

Breathing is essential for life.

Environmental pollution or respiratory diseases can negatively impact this function. Nearly 9 million people die prematurely each year worldwide as a result of air pollution1. In cities, air pollution increases the risk of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and reduces life expectancy by two years2. Hundreds of millions of people suffer from chronic respiratory failure3 and the WHO predicts that COPD4 will become the third leading cause of death in the world by 2030. Pneumonia killed more than 800,000 children under five in 2017; that is one death every 39 seconds5.

 

Since BREATHING is so vital, we must advance research...

 

The Air Liquide Foundation supports fundamental research in two areas:

  • medical research on chronic or rare respiratory diseases and
  • environmental research on air composition, especially atmospheric chemistry, because it is also important to better understand the environments we inhabit.
Fundamental research needs our support.
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Open, innovative and more theoretical, it explores areas that are sometimes more hypothetical. As it is often remote from commercial applications, it tends to struggle to find funding. That makes it a perfect fit for a corporate foundation whose aim is the common good and scientific progress.

The Air Liquide Foundation can count on Air Liquide’s significant expertise in both health and environmental protection. This expertise built on a century of experience in delivering medical gases to hospitals including 30 years of home healthcare solutions for patients suffering from chronic respiratory diseases. This expertise, when combined with a robust ecosystem of the best scientific teams in Europe, acts as a powerful driver for improving our understanding of the atmospheric pollution impact on our health and developing new therapeutic pathways.

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In practice, we:

  • Fund long-term research projects in the European economic zone.
  • In addition, we strongly believe in sharing scientific knowledge with as many people as possible, so we are now supporting projects involving exhibitions initiatives and educational programs.

Testimonial

“Developing an air quality indicator that is truly representative of the impact on human health means better protection for vulnerable populations and better breathing for all.”

Bruno Leprince-Ringuet, General Manager of the Air Liquide Foundation

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Gaelle Uzu’s work is truly innovative and we are proud to be able to help her in the long run. Our ambition is to shed new light on a complex subject in order to advance science. Developing an air quality indicator that is truly representative of the impact on human health means better protection for vulnerable populations and better breathing for all.

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Testimonial

“Discussing with experts from the business world, who also come from civil society, is a valuable contribution to our reflection.”

Gaëlle Uzu, IRD Research associate at the Institut des Géosciences de l'Environnement (Institute of Environmental Geosciences) at Grenoble Alpes University

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The support of the Air Liquide Foundation are additional means on a risk-taking issue. We exchange a lot with the Air Liquide sponsors of the project and we share the same desire to serve the general interest. Discussing with experts from the business world, who also come from civil society, is a valuable contribution to our reflection.

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Discover all projects supported by the Air Liquide Foundation for Breathing Better

 

1. British medical journal The Lancet 2017, 2. French national public health agency 2016, 3.World Health Organization, 4.Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 5.World Health Organization

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