• Question: What do you look on with asthma? Do you work on how it badly it affects the airways and lungs?

    Asked by anon-249904 to Sarah on 5 Mar 2020.
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      Sarah Brown answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      Yes! I use maths to model the changes in the airways that occur over time in people with severe asthma. For these people, each time they have an asthma attack their airways gradually thicken therefore giving less space to breathe through! This means that they might struggle to catch their breath just walking up a set of stairs. Finding out why this is happening could help us find a way to help them (since unlike most asthmatics, inhalers don’t help them).