01.01.2024 – 31.12.2028


11.2 million euro

The EU PAL-COPD consortium brings together an outstanding team with excellent scientific, clinical and organisational expertise to deliver this study, interpret the findings appropriately and disseminate them to provide international impact on improving systems of care for patients with advanced COPD. The consortium builds upon a number of previous inter-national collaborations and national studies, by leading scientists in the fields of respiratory medicine, palliative care and health services research. The consortium reflects the expertise required to run a successful trial in what is often regarded as a challenging area. The consortium integrates a wide array of medical and social care disciplines, methodologies and domains, academic and civil society actors, research, practice, and policy-making expertise, at the forefront of palliative and end-of-life care for people with advanced COPD.

Our Team

Brussels, Belgium

Goethe University was founded in 1914 as a unique ‘citizens’ university’, financed by wealthy citizens in Frankfurt, Germany. Named in 1932 after one of the city’s most famous natives, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, today the university has over 48,000 students. The University Hospital Frankfurt (UHF) consists of 32 specialist clinics and clinical institutes as well as more than 20 research institutes and, together with the Goethe University Frankfurt, ensures the link be-tween teaching, research and health care. The Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy (KAIS), as the central facility of the UHF (1,500 beds), supplies all operative and diagnostic areas and provides over 30,000 anaesthetic procedures every year. KAIS is running several anaesthetic-operative intensive care units (over 50 beds). In addition, we regularly care for patients of other specialist intensive care and monitoring wards. Our pain clinic looks after both out- and inpatients with chronic and acute postoperative pain.


  • Project Coordination
  • Lead of WP1 “Coordination and data management”
  • Lead of WP4 “Large-scale validation and clinical demonstration”
  • Co-lead of WP5 “Health Technology Assessment, and Ethical, Legal and Social Implications”
Prof. Koen Pardon
Project Coordinator
Dr. Jan Andreas Kloka
Deputy Principal Investigator, Data Risk Manager
Dr. Benjamin Friedrichson
Deputy Principal Investigator