We’re very excited. Today sees the formal launch of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, the UK’s first centre focused solely on improving the quality of life of people with asthma by finding better treatments and making them available faster than ever before.
More than 5 million people in the UK are affected by asthma yet research into this life-threatening condition is chronically underfunded, it currently takes an average of 17 years to develop a new asthma treatment
Our vision for this pioneering research initiative is to halve the time it takes to get innovations to people with asthma and to develop the next generation of world class applied asthma researchers.
The Centre is led by two of the most talented experts in applied asthma research, Professors Aziz Sheikh and Chris Griffiths. It will be co-ordinated through the University of Edinburgh and Queen Mary, University of London and is backed by 13 of the UK’s leading academic and NHS organisations.
Our academic partner organisations include:
- Cardiff University
- Imperial College London
- King’s College London
- Queen Mary, University of London
- Queen’s University, Belfast
- Swansea University
- University College London
- University of Aberdeen
- University of Bristol
- University of East Anglia
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Manchester
- University of Sheffield
The first modern inhaler took over 40 years from initial lab discovery through clinical trials and into practice. More than 50 years later asthma still kills and there are tens of thousands of people with asthma facing a daily struggle to breathe. This is why it is so vital for us to invest significantly in applied research and kick start a new era of fast discovery-to-treatment times.
“I am delighted that some of the UK’s top asthma researchers are contributing to this unprecedented initiative where they can share expertise and insights to drive forward major improvements in asthma,” said Professor Sheikh. The Centre means that real large-scale trials can happen that have the potential to benefit millions of people with asthma.
Professor Griffiths said, “The recent National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) reports the urgent need to improve asthma care. The opening of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research is perfectly-timed.” It’s a great step forward to delivering world-class applied research to improve care and reduce asthma deaths and hospitalisation in the UK.