Focussing on COPD at our Ayrshire Campus

BreathEBINThe University is hosting over 50 stakeholders including healthcare workers, scientists, businesses and policymakers as they come together to tackle Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The event takes place on Wednesday 22nd August at the Ayr Campus as attendees look to learn more about new research on this lung disease which kills over 600,000 people within the EU every year.

€7.7m has been awarded by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), who have responsibility for managing the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, for a pioneering cross-border research project designed to better understand and alleviate the impact of COPD. The project known as ‘BREATH’ (Border and Regions Airways Training Hub) brings together experts from the University of the West of Scotland, Queen’s University Belfast and Dundalk Institute of Technology.

The event will see contributions from several of the key people involved in the project including UWS academics Professor John Lockhart, Dr Gary Litherland and Dr Iain McLellan; BREATH Lead Dr Keith Thornbury, DkIT; BREATH Clinical Lead Professor Lorcan McGarvey, Queen’s University Belfast; and NHS Respiratory Consultant Dr Anur Guhan

Dr Litherland said:

“COPD is now the third biggest killer in Scotland, recently overtaking cardiovascular disease for the first time. Smoking, pollution, genetics, infection and prematurity are among the contributing causes of COPD. Areas of Southwest Scotland, Dundalk and Northern Ireland are considered COPD ‘hotspots’ and the prevalence of COPD cases is almost 62% higher in Ayrshire than the national average. This event will be an important forum to discuss progress, and to highlight the opportunities the BREATH Programme brings to connect people and help accelerate research toward patient benefit.”

Colleagues are invited to attend and should contact eamonn.bolger@uws.ac.uk to register.