My PhD project will investigate the relationship between obesity, and asthma, chronic pulmonary disease (COPD).
Impact of lifetime body mass index trajectories and asthma, lung function and COPD
Principal Supervisor’s name: Professor Shyamali Dharmage
Co-supervisors’ names: Associate Professor Adrian Low and Dr Dinh Bui
My PhD project will investigate the relationship between obesity, and asthma, chronic pulmonary disease (COPD). Obesity is a known risk factor for most non-communicable diseases. However, there are still controversies on the role of obesity in the aetiology and prognosis of asthma and COPD. By using the lifetime body mass index (BMI) trajectories, I will elucidate the potential causal associations between obesity and these diseases from childhood to adulthood in two large cohort studies; Melbourne Atopic Cohort Study (MACS) and Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study (TAHS). Furthermore, I will investigate if selected biomarkers mediate the associations between obesity and asthma, COPD and lung function.
PhD scholarship title and funding body: NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship (2019-2022)