Re­searchers re­ceive $2m asthma grant

The Province - - News -

A team of B.C.-based re­searchers has re­ceived a $2-mil­lion grant to look at the con­nec­tion be­tween a child’s up­bring­ing and en­vi­ron­ment, and the de­vel­op­ment of asthma.

Child­hood asthma is on the rise, but re­searchers are still learn­ing what causes it and why it de­vel­ops in some kids and not in oth­ers, said Dr. Stu­art Turvey, lead in­ves­ti­ga­tor on the pro­ject and a pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of B.C.’s fac­ulty of medicine.

Traf­fic-re­lated air pol­lu­tion, green space in cities, gut bac­te­ria and breast­feed­ing are just some of the fac­tors Turvey and his team will be con­sid­er­ing. “This re­search will help us learn about the changes that we can make to a child’s en­vi­ron­ment to re­duce their sus­cep­ti­bil­ity to the dis­ease,” Turvey said.

The Cana­dian In­sti­tutes of Health Re­search and Genome B.C. are fund­ing the work, which is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween UBC, B.C. Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, Pro­vin­cial Health Ser­vices Author­ity and the Cana­dian Healthy In­fant Lon­gi­tu­di­nal De­vel­op­ment Study.

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