Current Research

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Current Research

The AAIR Charity helps local scientists to leverage such funding by funding pilot projects and pump-priming grants, which help researchers to demonstrate the feasibility and potential of their proposed research work. The Charity also helps to purchase vital pieces equipment and supports the next generation of asthma, allergy and inflammation researchers by funding studentships and bursaries. Since 1991, AAIR has contributed over £6M to these causes.


PhD Studentship: The contribution of mast cells to rhinovirus infections in asthma


Awarded to: Emily Swindle and D.E. Davies

Amount: £27,000 (October 2013 – September 2016)

PhD Studentship: Information provision preferences of food allergic and intolerant consumers when eating


Awarded to: Jane Lucas

Amount: £11,800 (March 2014 – March 2017).

Stephen Holgate PhD Studentship: The role of ADAM33 in pre- and perinatal airway remodelling and the early life development of asthma


Awarded to: Hans Michael Haitchi, C. Woelk and J. Kelly

Amount: £58,100 (additional University of Southampton, Faculty of Medicine funding £48,100) (October 2014 – October 2018).

Research Award: ADAM33 inhibitor and crystal structure project


Awarded to: Hans Michael Haitchi

Amount: £23,100

Research Award: Assessing the correlation between immune statues and asthma: from birth to early childhood study


Awarded to: Aref Kyyaly

Amount: £8,600

Research Award: Assessment of Bronchial Hyper-reactivity in the Isle of Wight Birth Cohort at 26-years to Support Characterisation of Asthma Remission and Persistence from Childhood to Adulthood


Awarded to: Ramesh J Kurukulaaratchy

Amount: £10,000

Research Award: Assessment of the asthma specific emotional profile in individuals with asthma and their partners


Awarded to: Judit Varkonyi-Sepp and P. Howarth

Amount: £8,321

Research Award: Can we treat Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) patients by promoting autophagy (“self-eating”)?


Awarded to: Yihau Wang

Amount: £10,000

Research Award: Development and validation of age specific health related quality of life measures for patients with primary ciliary dyskinesia


Awarded to: Laura Behan and J. Lucas

Amount: £9,000

Research Award: Do fibrous mineral dust particles elicit a pro-fibrotic response in a conditioned medium model of the distal airways?


Awarded to: R. Latouche, D. Smart and M. Loxham

Amount: £7,528

Research Award: Initial Characterisation of Difficult Asthma in the WATCH Study – Baseline Assessment


Awarded to: Ramesh J Kurukulaaratchy

Amount: £3,500

Research Award: Investigating cellular cross talk in the airway epithelial mesenchymal trophic unit following viral infection


Awarded to: Cornelia Blume and E. Swindle

Amount: £5,350

Research Award: Reducing Worry in Asthma Patients (REWRAP)


Awarded to: Ben Ainsworth

Amount: £6,272

Research Award: The Role of CDHR3 in epithelial barrier function in asthma


Awarded to: Donna Davies, A. Mudher and J. Collins

Amount: £9,934

Research Award: The role of pericytes in ADAM33 induced airway remodelling in asthma


Awarded to: Hans Michael Haitchi

Amount: £11,762

Research Award: Investigating whether a species-dependent rhinovirus response in infected cells might be linked to respiratory disease outcome


Awarded to: Christopher McCormick and D. Davies

Amount: £9,968

Research Award: Evaluation of alternatively spliced Th2–related genes in alveolar macrophages and bronchial epithelial cells by Frac-seq, to investigate their influence on the modulation of proteomic output and relationship to disease severity in asthma


Awarded to: R. T. Martinez-Nunez

Amount: £10,000

Research Equipment: Centrifuge Heraeus Megafuge 40R


Awarded to: Rose-Marie Mackay, A. Walls, A. Postle, J. Madsen, H. Clark, P. Howarth

Amount: £3,400

Research Equipment: FilmArray: multiplex rapid PCR system


Awarded to: Tristan Clark and N. Brendish

Amount: £10,000

Research Equipment: Meso Quickplex SQ120


Awarded to: Laure Lau, P. Howarth, H. Arshad, A. Walls and H. M. Haitchi

Amount: £10,000

Travel Grant: Travel Fellowship for training in RNA-Seq Analysis of Lungs from Transgenic Mice Expressing Human ADAM33 pro and Metalloprotease Domains – A Model for Asthmatic Airway Remodelling


Awarded to: Joanne Kelly and H. M. Haitchi

Amount: £1,653