Vision and strategy

Our work

Transforming the lives of people affected by asthma


We are a network of world-leading researchers, working collaboratively on three key programmes of research – aligned with Asthma UK’s goals, identified as areas of greatest potential to make a real difference to people affected by asthma.


Our research focuses on developing, testing and implementing interventions which have the capacity to achieve substantial, sustained reductions in asthma morbidity and mortality.

Growing the research environment

We have created five strategic platforms to support and facilitate the research process. This ensures all research is

  • of the highest possible quality
  • conducted efficiently
  • with people affected by asthma at the core of all we do.

Our strategic platforms position us ideally to undertake world-leading applied asthma research and enable us to deliver world-class training for the next generation of applied asthma researchers.

Programmes of Research

Each programme of work is a collection of research projects and initiatives that look to address a specific area of applied asthma research.

They each have two academic leads. Along with our patient and public involvement volunteers, the leads ensure the research projects conducted are strategically aligned within their own programme, and sit well with the other two programmes.

Our three research programmes

1. Encouraging good asthma control

Supported self-management is a way of helping people manage their asthma on a day-to-day basis. This programme of work is looking at ways of embedding supported self-management of asthma into primary care.

2. Maximising benefits of treatment

Asthma has different phenotypes and different triggers so not all treatments are suitable for every type of asthma. This programme of work is looking at how and why different people respond differently to treatment.

3. Reducing exacerbations and preventing deaths

Many asthma exacerbations could be prevented. This programme of work is looking at factors that might trigger an exacerbation and if we can predict individuals at risk.

Supporting Platforms

All research conducted under the umbrella of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research benefits from our strategic platforms.

Each platform has a coordinator, and two lead academics, along with input from other academics and our patient and public involvement volunteers.

Our strategic platforms

Asthma Observatory

A hub for data relating to asthma across the UK; making these data sets available to all – researchers, clinicians, policy makers and patients – to help to inform our key decisions.

Patient and Public Involvement

Making sure the research that is carried out in the Centre is relevant to those people affected by asthma.

REACH - Database for Research Volunteers

Streamlining recruitment into asthma studies so that people affected by asthma can participate in studies they are interested in.

Postgraduate Training

Developing the next generation of world-class applied asthma researchers through our postgraduate training programme.


Ensuring the work we do uses the most appropriate and effective methods to improve the quality of research carried out.
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