NeuRA shines a bright light on Pulmonary Disease Research

 Bright minds at NeuRA engage in new research program

Dr Anna Hudson Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at NeuRA has been awarded the Lung Foundation Australia/Boehringer Ingelheim Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Research Fellowship. This award was announced in Canberra on Monday 27th March, during the TSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting.

Commenting on her fellowship award Anna said, “my research work over the next two years will focus on looking at the way respiratory muscles are controlled in people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”

“I am going to use my knowledge in the techniques to measure muscle and brain activity to detect impairments in the neural control of breathing in these people,” said Hudson.

“For most of us we rarely think about breathing – it is an automatic response, but for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, they are often short of breath, so this is a disease that affects their quality of life and their everyday living. By looking at how the neural control of their breathing muscles is affected, I am hoping to identify new targets, therapies and techniques to support the lives of people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”

1 in 7 Australians over 40 are affected by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe and causes shortness of breath, progressing in its severity over time. People living with this disease usually experience coughing that produces large amounts of mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms.

 

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See Dr Hudson speak about her research fellowship.