Breathing Life into Asthma Research

There are over 3.8 million Canadians living with asthma in Canada, and every year an estimated 250 Canadians lose their lives to the disease. 

Although today there is no known cure, it can be managed with proper care and treatment. Research about asthma is incredibly important as it helps us to learn more about the disease, and how to best manage and treat it. 

May 5th marks World Asthma Day. At the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM), we are proud to have 15 Private Investigators working within the Biology of Breathing (B.o.B) research team. B.o.B. carries out world-class research in pediatric pulmonary disorders such as asthma, oxidative stress, newborn apnea, and more. B.o.B is currently focused on learning more about asthma as it relates to environmental exposures, its origins and mechanisms of disease, as well as other diseases of the developing lung and development of underdeveloped lungs.

The Asthma and Allergy group within B.o.B. works closely with the Children’s Allergy and Asthma Education Centre (CAAEC) – another Children’s Hospital Foundation-funded program within the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at the Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg.

In 2020, a $2 million award from the Canadian Microbiome Initiative 2 (CMI2) program was awarded to the CHILD Cohort Study, led by CHRIM researcher, Dr. Megan Azad and Dr. Padmaja Subbarao of The Hospital for Sick Children.

“Asthma affects about one in 10 children and it is the most common reason why children miss school or end up in hospital” 

Dr. Azad, Canada Research Chair in developmental origins of chronic disease and associate professor at the University of Manitoba

The CM12 award allowed the CHILD Cohort Study researchers to examine the trillions of microorganisms living inside the human body and uncover the role they play in causing asthma.

If your child has been diagnosed with asthma, you can learn more information available at the Children’s Allergy and Asthma Education Centre, in their Family Asthma Program.

To learn more about managing a child’s asthma, visit this Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids resource video from the University of Alberta (ECHO) Research Team.