NHMRC funding success 2016
Dr Katie Baines has been awarded more than $585,000 in NHMRC Project Grant funding commencing in 2016 for her research project Targeting neutrophil extracellular traps to reduce inflammation in severe asthma.
About the project
People with severe asthma, a chronic disease of the lungs, often have many inflammatory cells in the airways called neutrophils. Neutrophils release a meshwork of fibers in a web like trap called NETs, which are made of the cells DNA and other proteins that fight infection. These NETs can promote inflammation in the persons airways. Current asthma treatments have no effect on NETs. This project will measure NETs in the airways and test a new treatment to reduce NETs, and relieve asthma symptoms.