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New asthma centre in Edinburgh

13th May 2014

A new Asthma UK centre will be created in Edinburgh. Its primary focus is on improving the quality of life for people with the disease - including funding research into better treatments.



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It will be a shared project by Edinburgh University and Queen Mary University of London, involving doctors and scientists from other parts of the UK.



More than five million people in the UK have the condition. According to Asthma UK, someone has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack every 10 seconds.


The charity is well aware of the timespan usually needed to move from research grants to a treatment that is accessible for all. They are trying to cut the 17-year process by half - and in doing so, save millions of pounds.

Asthma UK’s chief executive, Kay Boycott, said: "The introduction into clinical use of […] the first modern inhaler for asthma management - took over 40  years from initial lab discovery through clinical trials and into practice.


"More than half a century later asthma still kills and there are tens of thousands of people with asthma facing a daily struggle to breath."

"This is why it is so vital for Asthma UK to invest significantly in the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research and to kick start a new era of improved discovery-to-treatment times."

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