May 27, 2016 / Modified sep 12, 2016 4:43 p.m.

Episode 30: What Role Does the Environment Play in Diseases Like Asthma?

Originally Aired May 27, 2016

Researchers are investigating a recent dramatic rise in asthma cases in westernized countries and the role that the environment may have in that increase. Asthma, the most prevalent childhood disease, affects more than 278 million people worldwide and is known to have a genetic component. Doctor Donata Vercelli is conducting research at the University of Arizona to try to determine if there are specific environmental compounds that may be protective against asthma and other allergies. The hope is that those environmental compounds could one day be turned into medicines that promote lung health and prevent asthma.

IN THIS EPISODE

Donata Vercelli, Ph.D and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Arizona
Leslie Tolbert, Ph.D, Regents' Professor in the University of Arizona's Department of Neuroscience

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