Asthma, allergy and respiratory disorders
Asthma, allergies and respiratory disorders (such as Cystic Fibrosis) affect millions of Australians, especially children.
Our researchers are dedicated to investigating how and why these conditions develop in order to provide new treatments and eventually prevent them from occuring altogether.
Asthma is a highly complex disease that can have a devastating impact on children and their families. In Australia, more than two million people suffer with this chronic condition.
Our team of experts is leading the world in trialling a new asthma vaccine and carrying out specialised lung function tests. Read more about our asthma research...
- Video: Associate Professor Graeme Zosky talks about his work in respiratory environmental health research
Our Inflammation research group is focussed on the effects of ultraviolet radiation and vitamin D3 on the immune system, with their ground-breaking work showing that small UV doses, equivalent to a short period in the midday sun, can be protective against developing asthmatic symptoms. Read more about UV and inflammation...
Allergies can cause a range of symptoms, from a mild inconvenience to a life-threatening reaction. Our researchers investigate common childhood allergens and examine how they might be a trigger for more serious conditions. Read more about our allergy research...
Cystic Fibrosis is a devastating condition that leads to premature lung damage and severely impacts the child's quailty of life and the lives of their loved ones. Our researchers are looking at ways to protect the lungs from early damage and improve the outlook for children with CF. Read more about our Cystic Fibrosis research...
Deputy Director: Professor Patrick Holt
Professor Prue Hart, Head of Group
Dr Shelley Gorman, Brightspark Foundation Research Fellow
Molecular Biotechnology Team:
Professor Wayne Thomas, Head of Group
Professor Graham Hall, Head of Group
Shannon Simpson, Research Officer
Kathyrn Ramsey, Research Officer
Elisha White, Research Officer
Andrew Wilson, Paediatric Respiratory Physician
Respiratory Environmental Health Team:
Cystic Fibrosis Team:
Professor Stephen Stick, Head of Group, Senior Principal Investigator, PMH Head of Respiratory Medicine
Dr Anthony Kicic, Senior Research Officer
Dr Clair Lee, Clinical Research Manager
Dr Erika Sutanto, Research Officer