The AAIR Charity supports research into diseases caused by airway and lung inflammation.
The airways are the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. Inflammation causes the airways to become narrow. This can lead to poor lung function and the following symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing
- Noisy breathing
- A tight chest
- Increased mucus (phlegm)
- Runny, blocked nose and sinus disease
There are a number of diseases that lead to airway inflammation. University of Southampton has world leading researchers focusing on inflammation of the airway caused by:
- Primary ciliary dyskinesia
- Cystic fibrosis
- Airway infection
- Premature birth
- Interstitial lung disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Inflammation can also occur in the tissues of the lungs. University of Southampton is researching interstitial lung diseases. Interstitial lung disease is a term that covers a number of diseases affecting the tissues that support the lung’s microscopic air sacs (alveoli). The alveoli are the site in the lung where oxygen is taken up into the blood. Thickening of the interstitial tissues causes shortness of breath.
The inflammation of some of these diseases can be short lived (eg. infection) however, in many cases the condition is chronic, irreversible and can deteriorate.
AAIR Charity provides vital funding to support research aiming to:
- understand why people develop inflammation of the airways and lung tissue
- improve treatment of these wide range of diseases
- prevent progression of these diseases
AAIR charity supports researchers of inflammation in the early stages of their career- PhD students and MSc Allergy students receive funding for projects ranging between a few months and 3 years. These early career researchers, supervised by world leading inflammation researchers in University of Southampton will become key researchers of inflammatory diseases in the future.