Asthma Patient-Environment Interactions
Nearly 10% of children in the US have asthma, and nearly half have severe asthma exacerbations that require immediate medical attention.
Interrogate the interactions between environmental factors (both natural and built) and patient-level characteristics to elucidate the multi-factorial causes of severe asthma exacerbations.
- Understand how patient-level factors (prematurity, obesity, allergy) influence susceptibility to asthma triggers
- Identify geographic asthma hotspots within Durham
- Develop new preventative strategies and interventions, such as mobile alert apps to let patients know if one of their environmental triggers will increase in the next few days
- Model for studying environment-disease-patient interactions