• Glenn Hearson

New Research into Asthma Attacks; The APEX Study

Updated: Nov 21, 2019

We have now commenced a new research study into asthma attacks (exacerbations).

Asthma attacks are very common in the United Kingdom and are frightening and disruptive for patients. We understand the factors that may trigger one, such as infections and exposure to irritants such as pollen, dust and cold air. However, our knowledge about the nature of asthma attacks and how to prevent and treat asthma attacks, is limited.

The aim of the study

In this study, we would like to study a group of participants with asthma (a cohort), over a period of time (a longitudinal study). This will enable us to investigate the characteristics of participants, such as the types of cells in their blood or lung function measurements, when they are stable.

We will then compare these characteristics, to those they have when they're having an asthma attack. We are also aiming to improve our ability to predict asthma attacks, by collecting data from devices such as the Smart inhaler.

We hope the results from this study will help us to understand more about the nature of asthma attacks, which may lead to the development of more targeted treatments.

The Chief Investigator for the APEX study is: Professor Tim Harrison

For more information;

Contact; karen.shaw@nottingham.ac.uk or clair.parrish@nottingham.ac.uk