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Asthma

Asthma is the most common chronic lung disease worldwide, affecting more than 300 million people including 1 in 9 Australians. The disease is debilitating and potentially life-threatening, rising in incidence and has no cure.

Introduction

Our researchers are investigating how immune cells contribute to the development of asthma. This work will lead to new ways of controlling immune cells to treat the disease.

Our asthma research

Our researchers are:

  • investigating the role of immune cells in causing airway inflammation
  • targeting an epigenetic pathway to switch off harmful immune cells
  • developing ways of thinning mucus to treat airway disease
  • determining why women are more susceptible to asthma
  • investigating the causes of thunderstorm asthma
  • working with clinicians and industry partners to find better ways of treating asthma.
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