Airway Physiology and Imaging

Our Research Groups

Airway Physiology and Imaging

The Airway Physiology and Imaging Group investigate why airways and lungs malfunction in people with diseases like asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, and in bone marrow transplant patients and smokers. Knowledge gained informs doctors of better ways to understand, assess and treat patients.

Armed with state-of-the-art tools to assess lung mechanics and ventilation, current projects seek to understand which parts of the lungs are hyper-responsive, to better target treatment in asthma and COPD. Other projects investigate the effects of ageing and obesity on the lungs. These tools may further help detect early small airway abnormalities in smokers, and potentially slow their progression to COPD. The group is also establishing an at-home lung function test to help monitor patients with asthma and COPD, and predict when flareups are about to occur.

The group collaborates with researchers in Melbourne, Perth, Milan Italy, Brussels Belgium, London UK, Gothenburg Sweden and Nova Scotia Canada, and partners with several Sydney hospitals to run studies. 

Our Researchers

Assoc/Prof Claude Farah
Assoc/Prof Paul Robinson
Dr David Chapman
Dr Catherine Farrow
Dr Katrina Tonga
Dr Sandra Rutting
Dr Jacqueline Huvanandana
Kieran Patel
Riva Shirol

Our Higher Degree Research Students

Blake Handley
Dr Alice Cottee
Edward Jeagal
Hooria Hussain A Alowiwi
Tanya Badal
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