Projects funded to improve asthma treatment

Three projects funded through Innovate UK and Asthma UK will help ensure asthma patients receive better treatment.

The projects will be run by academics and innovative businesses and are hoped to lead to vastly improved treatment options.

With each project set to receive more than £200,000, it is expected that patients will see an improvement in services thanks to new diagnostic testing that better predicts response to treatment.

The projects will also provide doctors with improved decision support systems, reducing workload for GPs and leading to more personalised treatment.

University of Manchester and Owlstone Medical will partner to develop new tests for diagnosis. It will look at the small airways in the lungs to assess treatment response. The aim is to reduce the number of people that are wrongly diagnosed and are taking unnecessary medication.

The University of Edinburgh and Tactuum will design a new clinical decision support system to help medical professionals diagnose asthma. Assessments of the patient will improve with the intention that it will lead to more personalised treatment plans.

Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth & Cambridge and Respiratory Innovations will test a new device that measures gases in exhaled breath to quickly diagnose asthma.

Although 5.4 million people in the UK are affected by asthma, diagnosing the condition is difficult. Current testing often leads to misdiagnosis and diagnosing pre-school children is particularly challenging.

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