'Asthma: the soaring cost of a simple breath'

Series Name Lunchtime Lectures
Speaker Adelina Gavrila
Type Lectures & Talks
When 06 Jun 2014, 12:00PM - 01:00PM
Venue Leicester Adult Education College, 2 Wellington St, Leicester City Centre
Open To Public
Ticket Price Free
For Bookings Contact Duncan Stanley, duncan.stanley@le.ac.uk, 0116 229 7644

Asthma has been very popular in the news recently, but not for good reasons. The headlines are pointing out shocking facts:

“There are over 300 million suffering with asthma worldwide”

“1 in 12 adults and 1 in 11 children in the UK suffer with asthma”

“One person every 8 hours dies from asthma”

“The NHS spends around £1 billion a year treating and caring for people with asthma.”

What’s more, recent reports revealed that “75% of hospital admissions for asthma are avoidable and 90% of deaths are preventable.” This last message is a powerful incentive to address the problem.

Outside the news, for many people living with asthma, it is a chronic disease that they have to cope with throughout their lives. Fortunately, research has brought very reliable medications that provide relief from asthma symptoms, substantially (for most) and entirely (for some). But what about the small percentage of patients (5%) who do not respond to treatment? They account for over 50% of total asthma healthcare costs. For these patients, the effort simply to breathe can be an all-consuming challenge and their condition dominates their lives. Without appropriate long-term treatment, they are at substantial risk of dying of the disease.

In this Lunchtime Lecture, Adelina Gavrila, a postgraduate researcher from the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Leicester, will talk about how her research can be harnessed to improve the lives of “the 5%” by looking at novel therapies that are more efficient and have fewer side effects when compared to current treatments.

The Lunchtime Lecture series takes place Fridays, 12-1pm at the Leicester Adult Education College, located at 2 Wellington St, near the city end of New Walk. The lectures are delivered by current University of Leicester postgraduates and are open to the public, so there is no need to book, just come along on the day.

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