Important work continues for researchers in Calgary in hopes of finding new treatment for asthma

Here’s just one of many reasons why it is so important to give to The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT (“TLA”).

Dr. Margaret Kelly, an associate professor at the University of Calgary, is hoping work done in her lab could help discover a new treatment for asthma by studying how a patient’s airways react during an asthma attack.

Her project is being funded by TLA.

“Asthma is increasing in incidents, it is becoming quite a large problem both economically and for individual persons,” said Kelly.

Kelly says her lab’s project is also looking at how allergic reactions can make those asthma symptoms worsen.

In a number of studies, Kelly says her team has confirmed that myofibroblast cells — cells that are usually seen on a patient’s skin where a wound heals — are present in an asthmatic’s airways.

“If we can find out where these cells are coming from, how long they stay in the airway before they change into different types of cells, we will have made very big inroad into (finding) the cause of asthma,” said Kelly.

“We will also be better equipped to try and find drugs that stop this from occurring.”

Currently, money raised from TLA’s generous supporters is helping support technical staff in Kelly’s lab during the entire project, along with funding high-tech equipment so researchers can continue their important work.

“If I didn’t have the support, I wouldn’t be able to carry on with this research,” said Kelly.

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