£1.6m for asthma research

September 2014

£1.6m for asthma research 


Asthma is a common long-term condition that can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness. The number of people affected by asthma in the UK is amongst the highest in the world, with up to 5.4 million people currently receiving treatment. There is no cure for asthma and the causes are still unknown.

Every day, three people die because of asthma and the number of reported deaths in the UK is amongst the highest in Europe. The MRF is committed to making a difference to the lives of people living with asthma by funding ground-breaking research and we are able to do this thanks to the generous support of our donors – Mrs Cecily Gornall, Miss Nellie Schofield and Mr John Herring Smith, amongst others. To make a difference, the MRF is partnering with Asthma UK to provide up to £1.6 million in funding for the UK’s outstanding, mid-career asthma researchers. This partnership will build on resources and experience from both charities and our hope is that it will develop the asthma research landscape in the UK by supporting the next generation of research leaders.

For many people, asthma is a long-term condition that can prove fatal. The severity of symptoms varies from person to person with different characteristics and pattern of triggers and response to treatment. This MRF and Asthma UK funding will  support research that aims to  benefit people with asthma through understanding why asthma symptoms can get gradually or suddenly worse, the biological causes of asthma, and better treatment and prevention of asthma.




If you would like to help UK scientists make a difference, please donate to support asthma research.

If you are a UK scientist with the skills, experience and passion to increase understanding asthma, then we would like to hear from you.