Asthma is a respiratory condition that affects over two million Australians. It is characterised by a predisposition to inflammation of the bronchi in the lungs. Certain environmental triggers cause the airways to narrow and the muscle around the airways to tighten. This manifests as chest tightness, shortness of breath and wheezing. Asthma is one of the primary reasons for hospital admissions in children and causes around 400 deaths in Australia each year. Tasmania has Australia's highest incidence of asthma, affecting 13.4 per cent of our population.
This disease is being researched in the following projects: