The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation funds cystic fibrosis (CF)
research and medical programs. Founded in 1955, the organization
supports clinical trials and specialized health-care centers,
provides grants for independent research, operates university
research centers, encourages drug development through matching
funds, and offers CF-related information and educational materials.
Its Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics (CFFT) subsidiary
partners with pharmaceutical companies and research facilities to
develop CF drugs. The foundation provides funding, training,
and accreditation for about 120 treatment centers in the US.
It has about 70 chapters and branch offices nationwide.