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Electronic cigarettes: Investigating the harms and benefits

Guest edited by Associate Editor, Professor Robert Bals (Saarland University, Germany), this series of articles provides newest research and comprehensive background information on e-cigarettes. The articles aim to address the needs of basic researchers, clinicians and other individuals that need up-to-data information on this topic.

Respiratory Research is pleased to still be accepting submissions for this thematic series.

Featured article:From blood to lung tissue: effect of cigarette smoke on DNA methylation and lung function

© iStockGenetic and environmental factors play a role in the development of COPD. The epigenome, and more specifically DNA methylation, is recognized as important link between these factors. The authors postulate that DNA methylation is one of the routes by which cigarette smoke influences the development of COPD. In this study, the authors aim aim to identify CpG-sites that are associated with cigarette smoke exposure and lung function levels in whole blood and validate these CpG-sites in lung tissue.

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Aims and scope

Respiratory Research publishes high-quality clinical and basic research, review and commentary articles on all aspects of respiratory medicine and related diseases.

As the leading fully open access journal in the field, Respiratory Research provides an essential resource for pulmonologists, allergists, immunologists and other physicians, researchers, healthcare workers and medical students with worldwide dissemination of articles resulting in high visibility and generating international discussion.

Editorial board

Oliver Schildgen, Kliniken der Stadt Koln gGmbH, Klinikum der Privaten Universitat Witten/Herdecke, Germany 
Kelan Tantisira, Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA

Associate Editors
Robert Bals, Saarland University, Germany
Francesco Blasi, University of Milan, Italy
Arnaud Bourdin, University of Montpellier, France
Mario Cazzola, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Sanjay Haresh Chotirmall, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore
Suzanne Cloonan, Weill Cornell Medicine, USA
Taylor Cohen, MedImmune, USA
Bruno Crestani, Bichat Hospital, France
Jeanine D'Armiento, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, USA
Olivier Danhaive, University of California San Francisco, USA
Massimo Di Maio, University of Turin, Italy
Louise Donnelly, Imperial College London, UK
Michael Kreuter, Universitatsklinikum Heidelberg, Germany
Guha Krishnaswamy, Wake Baptist Hospital, USA
Victor Laubach, University of Virginia, USA
Yasuhiko Nishioka, Tokushima University, Japan
Stylianos Orfanos, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Reynold A. Panettieri Jr, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
Stephen Peters, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, USA
YS Prakash, Mayo Clinic, USA
Giovanni Sotgiu, University of Sassari, Italy
Dale D Tang, Albany Medical College, USA
Johan Verbraecken, Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium
Marlies Wijsenbeek, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

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