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Academic Respiratory Unit

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Over 5 million people in the UK suffer from lung disease. It affects two to three children in every classroom and over 50 million working days each year are lost to the economy. Lung disease leads to symptoms of breathlessness, reduced mobility and severe disability.

The Academic Respiratory Unit carries out research into lung inflammation, which is usually an appropriate and protective response in the lung in many situations. However, if this process occurs inappropriately, is excessive or uncontrolled, lung damage may occur leading to many forms of lung disease.

This process is normally controlled by a network of chemicals known as 'cytokines' and part of our research looks at the way in which these interactions occur and how they may be abnormal in patients with scarring lung disease.  The understanding of these regulatory processes will help in the design of effective treatments.


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