Contributing to understanding the relationship between ethnicity and asthma risk, expression and response to treatment.
Ethnicity as a treatable trait for asthma: determining risk factors, modifiers, clinical phenotypes, and differential response to treatment
Primary supervisor: Prof Shyamali Dharmage
Secondary supervisors: Prof Michael Abramson, A/Prof Mark Hew, A/Prof Aung Ko Win, Dr Caroline Lodge
It is clear from research literature and clinical experience that certain ethnic populations face disproportionately worse outcomes than others. Ethnicity comprises multiple qualities that include genetics, diet, health behaviours, socio-economics and environmental exposures, which may be associated with asthma. Understanding the relationship between ethnicity and asthma risk, expression and response to treatment is of paramount importance to epidemiology, public health research and clinical practice - enabling risk-stratification, targeted intervention for specific risk factors and predicting treatment response.