Allergen and Upper Airways
The Allergen and Upper Airways Group investigates how allergens and viruses trigger symptoms in people with asthma and hay fever. Researchers are developing methods for identifying different allergens and viruses, measuring the exposures and infections in people in different environments and working out their contribution to symptoms of these diseases.
Through this work, it is hoped doctors will be able to better advise people about how to manage their symptoms and, ultimately, prevent the disease.
Current projects measure patterns in dust mite exposure and investigate the role of viral infections, allergen exposure and Vitamin D in the symptoms of asthmatic children.
The group collaborates with virologists, zoo vets, microbiologists, product designers and epidemiologists in Australia and overseas to grow their depth of knowledge in this field.