The Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research is the first of its kind in the world. It brings together world-leading researchers from all over the UK and provides them with an unrivalled network of collaborators and resource to make differences in asthma research.
Applied research is community-based research that is undertaken to see if a drug, treatment or other intervention is effective when used in a clinical setting. Applied research often leads directly to improved care. Applied research puts people with asthma and their needs at the very heart of the work that is undertaken.
The Applied Centre complements our other research centre, the MRC-Asthma UK Centre in the Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma, which focuses on more lab-based work and understanding the biology of asthma.
As well as supporting cutting-edge research, the Applied Centre will establish some resources that can be used to improve asthma research in the long-term. These include data resources on a variety of asthma-related topics and a database of people with asthma who would be willing to take part in research trials, making recruitment easier and more successful. This is a crucial aspect of the Centre; as well as funding the best research now, we want to provide the best infrastructure to encourage more asthma research in the UK in the future.
We funded the Applied Centre because we recognised the imbalance in our research funding and in the amount of applied research in asthma being funded in the UK the Centre seeks to redress some of that balance, as well as training future researchers to continue to do so in the future.