Whether he's climbing a flight of stairs or walking to shops, Colin Williams' asthma is never far away. The 84-year-old has had the common respiratory condition for more than 50 years, at first suffering such severe attacks that now, decades on, his lungs are scarred, his breath shallow and a wheeze often rattles his chest.
Unfortunately Colin’s story is not uncommon. In Australia, asthma affects one in ten children and adults; that is over two million people.
While there is no known cure for asthma, good management enables many people to keep their asthma symptoms under control and their disease can remain stable over time.
Colin sought help from our leading respiratory specialists who are investigating cutting-edge new treatments to relieve asthma symptoms. He is one of several hundred NSW residents who enrol each year in sleep and respiratory research studies at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research.
"To be honest it's just amazing to have your health so carefully monitored by people who really care," Colin says. "They keep an eye on everything and treat me like they expect me to live another 50 years which, for an old fellow like me, is a great feeling."
The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research is one of the world's leading research organisations. Over two hundred medical researchers and doctors are continually working to help people throughout the world suffering from sleep and respiratory diseases such as sleep apnea, asthma, insomnia, TB, hay fever and COPD.
"There's a chance that I go through this and it doesn't benefit me personally but regardless I know it will help someone else out down the track who has asthma and needs a new treatment and here we have one that we know works," Colin says.
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