Breathe easy: Leicester scientists model lungs

Posted by pt91 at May 23, 2011 04:20 PM |
All of us are unique but when it comes to your lungs that isn’t always a good thing. A project led by the University of Leicester is taking a pioneering approach to personalising lung treatments.
Breathe easy: Leicester scientists model lungs

Credit: National Institutes of Health, from Wikipedia.

A lot of research goes into developing treatments for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease but a big stumbling block is that scientists are unable to match these treatments to the right patients.

The aim is to generate an extensive database that will be able to link the characteristics of different airways to a particular treatment in the future, helping health professionals provide personalised treatment.

They’re going to do this by combining a computed model of the cells in an airway and a physical model of the airways, to assess how air flows through the lungs and why it becomes obstructed in people with asthma and COPD.

The international project AirPROM (or, Airway Disease PRedicting Outcomes through Patient Specific Computational Modelling) is spearheaded by Professor Chris Brightling from the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation and launches this month for the next five years.