Support Asthma Research

Australian researchers are internationally recognised for their excellence in the field.

Donors, our supporters and Asthma Australia are immensely proud of Australia’s leading role in asthma research.

When someone decides to make a donation or bequest to asthma research, they are not only supporting important asthma research here in Australia. They are also advancing our global understanding of asthma, its causes, how it can be prevented, best practice models of care, lifestyle interventions and triggers, treatments, and how people with asthma can best equip themselves to live well with their asthma.

Presently there is no cure for asthma. But you can help us continue to lead the way, though new treatments and a better understand of the impact of asthma.

Research funded by Asthma Australia has directly contributed to some of the most impactful changes worldwide in asthma knowledge and treatment. Here are a few notable examples:

Professor Ann Woolcock: Epidemiology of Asthma, 1970s

The late Professor Woolcock was the pre-eminent asthma scholar. Some of her early research at the University of Sydney was funded by the then Asthma Foundation NSW. Professor Woolcock developed world-first insights into the epidemiology of asthma including the causative nature of allergens to asthma. Professor Woolcock went on to found the Woolcock Institute for Medical Research, which is the leading respiratory research institute in Australia, currently employing more than 100 researchers and staff.

Dr Euan Tovey: Alternaria mould species and its importance in asthma, 2000

In 2000 Dr Tovey received a research grant from Asthma Foundation NSW to study the effect the Alternaria species of mould has on people with asthma. Dr Tovey went on to be a world-leading researcher in aero-allergens and viruses affecting people with asthma.

Dr Sandra Anderson: Exercise induced asthma

Dr Anderson received Asthma Foundation funding early in her career and became the world leader in exercise induced bronchoconstriction, mucociliary clearance and innovative therapies. Dr Anderson set up the first respiratory laboratory in Royal Prince Alfred hospital in the late 1960s. In 2012 she became a Member of the Order of Australia.

Professor Judy Black: Immune cells involved in asthma: 2000

Professor Black received Asthma Foundation NSW funding in 2000 to support her team’s work describing the role of various immune cells in asthma. Professor Black has since established herself as a world-leading researcher in the area of airway smooth muscle and recently served as the chairperson of Asthma Australia’s National Research Program.

Future funding

While we have come a long way in our understanding and management of asthma, we still need to find better solutions, adapted to individual needs, which are more likely to be successful.

Research is also needed to focus on strategies to prevent asthma. We need better ways to diagnose asthma earlier, and we need to encourage early intervention with treatment for those affected by the disease.

We can realise our vision of A Community Free from Asthma through new treatment discoveries and evidence based approaches to reduce the burden of this complex and widespread disease.

Your contribution will help secure the future of asthma research in Australia. The benefits of new knowledge created by this research will make the future so much brighter for people affected by asthma.

Help us to help people with asthma to breathe so they can live their lives freely.

Be part of the next big asthma research break-through by donating today.