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SHARE Director Involved in New Global Health Research Unit Targeting Respiratory Health in Asia

SHARE Director Involved in New Global Health Research Unit Targeting Respiratory Health in Asia

One of SHARE's Director's, Professor Brian McKinstry, is going to be involved with a new research group called RESPIRE, which aims to reduce the number of deaths caused by respiratory diseases in Asia.

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh will be working in partnership with collaborators from 4 Asian countries, Bangladesh, Malaysia, India and Pakistan, after receiving a £7m grant from the NHS National Institute for Health Research.

"RESPIRE will enable us to accelerate and extend our work with low and middle income country partners around the world to tackle major respiratory health challenges faced by the world's most deprived populations."  Professor Aziz Sheikh, Co-Director of RESPIRE. University of Edinburgh.

The research unit will work with experts in these countries to identify priorities in tackling respiratory diseases and look at evidence based interventions to reduce deaths and illness related to these. The strategies employed will be tailored to each particular country, depending on the environment and resouces available, and these will be continually evaluated by the research unit. One of the ways they may be able to support health professionals within the communities is by delivering care through mobile phones, commonly referred to as mhealth.

RESPIRE will also focus two distinct areas of research. The first will look at infections which start suddenly, such as pneumonia and bronchitis. The second will look at chronic conditions that develop over time such as lung disease, COPD, asthma and tuberculosis. RESPIRE will also develop research platforms to ensure that the countries involved can continue with this work once the Unit's funding is complete.

Around 10,000 people in the UK are newly diagnosed with a lung disease every week and research is the only way we wil find new treatments and cures. To play your part in this lifesaving research then please join the SHARE register today.

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