ARDSNet Welcome to the ARDS Clinical Network web site. This site was established to provide information to the public on ARDS and the ARDS Network. History of the ARDS Network In order to hasten the development of effective therapy for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, initiated a clinical network to carry out multi-center clinical trials of ARDS treatments. The ARDS Network was established as a contract program in 1994 following a national competition. Goal of the ARDS Network The goal of the Network is to efficiently test promising agents, devices, or management strategies to improve the care of patients with ARDS.