Is childhood wheezy bronchitis an early determinant of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? A longitudinal study
Grant holder: Dr Graham Douglas, Professor Devereux, Drs Turner, Tagiyeva and Fielding; Chest Clinic, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Amount Awarded: £89,942 over two years
Year: 2013 - Finished
In what promises to be the longest-running research of its kind in the world, this Aberdeen-based team is examining evidence of whether children who have episodes of wheezing illness during viral infections are more likely to develop Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) later in life. Because this incurable lung condition affects about a million people in the UK – and causes around 30,000 deaths every year – any links that might be identified between COPD and childhood wheezing are likely to help in preparing preventative strategies.