As part of her PhD project, titled “Environmental drivers of azole-resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus and its relevance to human health”, Jennifer Shelton is conducting a UK-wide survey to determine background levels of Aspergillus fumigatus spores, and then testing them for resistance to azole fungicide drugs. To find out more about her project, have a read of her blog.» Read more
On World Aspergillosis Day (February 1st), the Aspergillosis Trust organised a whole host of activities and awareness campaigns, to mark the occasion. Alongside their very successful Selfie Campaign, and the poster that was displayed on London buses in the run up to the day, the Aspergillosis Trust collected some poignant stories from patients and carers. Click here to read these stories and find out more about what the Aspergillosis Trust does.
There is now a worldwide reference point for air pollution for many pollutants that will irritate the lungs of people with lung disease.» Read more
We think that people who have chronic aspergillosis may have slight differences in their immune system compared with people who do not seem to be vulnerable to aspergillosis. One way we might be able to help patients fight off aspergillosis may well be to find ways to adjust or even correct the immune differences that cause those vulnerabilities and this book talks about our increasing knowledge and power to do just that in many other diseases. The same techniques may be used to help people with respiratory illness’ such as aspergillosis – indeed they already are as anyone who is being given Xolair to treat ABPA has found out.» Read more