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MRC funds BREATHE Africa partnership
Date:2/13/2014

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has announced 580,000 of funding to facilitate collaboration between established trial sites and to increase research capacity in Africa focused on the health effects of Household Air Pollution (HAP). HAP has been identified as a major preventable cause of disease and death in the Global Burden of Disease survey 2010.

The BREATHE Africa partnership (Biomass Reduction and Environmental Air Towards Health Effects) is led and co-ordinated by Stephen Gordon and Jane Ardrey at LSTM. The Partnership will draw together experts and investigators in major air pollution trials in order to share findings and plans, harmonise specific aspects of trial methodology, optimise the opportunity to undertake mechanistic work, including testing for new biomarkers not funded in current trials and to engage African researchers and trainees in existing and new studies by a bottom-up approach offering mentored research training projects.

There are five themes for the work and four additional Co-investigators from LSTM (Dr Kevin Mortimer), University of Liverpool (Prof Nigel Bruce), University of Aberdeen (Dr Sean Semple) and Queen Mary University of London (Prof Jonathan Grigg), focused on Interventions to reduce HAP, Exposure and Biomarker measurements, and Mechanisms by which HAP causes Health effects. BREATHE currently has 50 partners and those partners contributing financially are The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance) and The American Thoracic Society (ATS).

The partnership will work with existing Cookstove projects that are currently underway in Ghana and Nepal as well as the Cooking and Pneumonia Study (CAPS), which is an LSTM led, randomised study being carried out in Malawi.

Professor Stephen Gordon, who is the head of LSTM's Department of Clinical Sciences, said: "Half the world's population, including some 700 million people in Africa, use biomass fuel from animal and plant material to pro
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Contact: Clare Bebb
c.bebb@liv.ac.uk
44-015-170-53135
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Source:Eurekalert

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