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The Cystic Fibrosis Institute

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Our Mission

The Cystic Fibrosis Institute (CFI) is commited to supporting those affected by cystic fibrosis in the Chicagoland area and to making a difference by being a meaningful and active source of assistance and advocacy for all individuals with CF and their families for dealing with the everyday challenges of cystic fibrosis.

The Cystic Fibrosis Institute will achieve its mission by:

  • Offering clinical assistance and supporting research investigations
  • Advocating at local and national levels to best represent those with cystic fibrosis
  • Providing educational resources for people with CF and the community at large
  • Developing strategic partnerships with local and national businesses for support
  • Following a systematic and planned approach to ensure continued success

Helping Individuals with CF Reach Their Potential

The Cystic Fibrosis Institute (CFI) was founded on the principle that every person with cystic fibrosis (CF) deserves the opportunity to realize his or her full potential, to lead as normal of a life as possible, and despite the many obstacles they and their families face, share in the joys of life itself.

Clinical Assistance

The Cystic Fibrosis Institute provides clinical assistance and services for patients in need based on available funding. CFI partners with a wide network of caregivers that are available to address the clinical needs of people with CF.


CFI is active at local, regional, and national levels to best represent the needs of all people with CF.  CFI was instrumental in the development of  Illinois' mandatory newborn screening for CF.


As part of our ongoing commitment to advances in the field of pediatric pulmonology, CFI participates in and offers its members the opportunity to be involved with clinical research trials and independent studies.


CFI is commiteed to the training of general pediatricians and future CF healthcare professionals as well as offering educational programs to both healthcare and non-healthcare individuals.

CFI is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization founded in 2003.