Perth research could shape the futur­­­e of asthma - Institute for Respiratory Health

Perth research could shape the futur­­­e of asthma

Friday, September 01, 2023 | News

Researchers from the Institute for Respiratory Health are assessing the benefits of new asthma treatments that could prevent asthmatics’ chests from becoming clogged with mucus.

More than 262 million people around the world have asthma and it affects one in nine Australians.

Asthmatics experience recurrent attacks of wheezing and breathlessness and secrete large amounts of mucus when they are exposed to an allergen, such as pollen or dust.

“The mucus can damage the airway lining, making patients more susceptible to bacterial infection and respiratory failure,” Professor Yuben Moodley said.

“We’re a Perth-based clinical trials unit specialising in researching treatments for lung conditions and we’re excited to be part of asthma research.

“We could potentially help millions of asthmatics across the world and others with respiratory diseases breathe easier,” Professor Moodley said.

“We’re currently looking for male and female asthmatics aged 18 and over to participate in our clinical trials.

“Participants can come from all over WA, we will be reimbursing their time and travel costs. They won’t need to stop their daily medication and their asthma will be closely monitored.”

If you currently have asthma and would like to participate in a research study that could change lives for the better contact recruitment officer Alison Harvie on (08) 6151 0813 or via

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