The contribution of outdoor fungal spores to child and adolescent asthma hospitalisations: lung function and airway inflammation
Dr Rachel Tham
Supervisors: A/Prof Bircan Erbas, Prof Shyamali Dharmage, and Dr Adrian Lowe
Asthma exacerbation is major cause of child and adolescent asthma hospitalisations. Some fungal spores can trigger severe asthma exacerbation, but knowledge of which outdoor fungal spores taxa contribute to asthma hospitalisations in Australia is limited. My PhD investigated the associations between outdoor fungal spores and asthma hospitalisations, lung function and airway inflammation in children and adolescents. I examined whether age, sex, respiratory infections, air pollutants or grass pollen modifies any associations.
PhD Scholarship and funding body:
- National Health and Medical Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship APP1055754
- Centre for Air Quality and Health Research and Evaluation (CAR) – a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence Top-up Scholarship “The contribution of outdoor fungi, air pollution and respiratory viruses on child asthma hospitalisations.”